David Shepard Hawaii

Green Palapalai Fern Pareo / Sarong / Wrap

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Multi-purpose pareo or sarong. Fold in half to use as a beach cover-up, wrap like a scarf, shawl, tie behind the neck for a simple stylish dress. The possibilities are endless. Dimensions of fabric 72 inches x 53 inches. Limited quantity print. Hand-drawn fabric print illustrations. Designed, cut, and sewn in Hawai‘i on imported fabric.

Made with draping 100% rayon viscose twill fabric. Rayon viscose is a fiber that is intended as a silk substitute derived from wood pulp, making it a natural fabric that is more breathable than cotton. No plastic, polyester, or cotton used here; instead, enjoy this all-natural wood pulp fiber with a luxurious silk texture. Machine wash and dry on a gentle setting.

THE STORY BEHIND THE DESIGN

This hand-drawn palapalai fern print was inspired by my time living and working with the people of Limahuli Hā‘ena, nestled on the brilliant green north shore of the island of Kaua‘i next to the Nāpali Coast. Limahuli is home to endangered Hawaiian plants, but more importantly, it is a place cared for by its people.

The people at Limahuli Garden and Preserve take care of the valley by using a traditional Hawaiian holistic land management approach and live in the perpetuation of the Hawaiian culture. Working there, I learned that relationships to each other and to the land are the true measure of strength and resilience in the face of change.

I remember fondly Aunty Lahela Chandler, Aunty Aloha as many know her, greeting everyone with warmth and aloha. I see her sitting on the porch welcoming locals and visitors alike while making her palapalai lei. Limahuli valley is part of the larger Hā‘ena, one of the birthplaces of Hula and an ancient hula school. Some speculate that Limahuli, which means turning hands, as in ‘hands that work and turn the Aina (land), was a valley that provided food for hula students and the community that called the place home. Today, Limahuli continues to metaphorically and literally feed students and anyone who comes there ready to learn.

This print represents all these things. I hope that when you wear this print you feel the power and love of all it represents.

Part of your purchase will go to support Limahuli Garden and Preserve."