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Midnight KANIAKAPŪPŪ Lehua Mamo Cover-Up

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This Midnight KANIAKAPŪPŪ Lehua Mamo Cover-Up from David Shepard Hawaii is available at Pop-Up Mākeke. It is a mid-length cover-up that features a limited quantity print. It includes hand-drawn fabric print illustrations and is designed, cut, and sewn in Hawaii on imported fabric. 

It is made with draping 100% Tencel which is a sustainably made eucalyptus-based fabric. Tencel is a fiber that is intended as a silk substitute that is derived from wood pulp. It is a natural fabric in the same family as Modal that is more breathable and soft than cotton. It is a luxury eco-fabric that is made in a closed-loop cycle from sustainably grown eucalyptus. There is no plastic, polyester, or cotton used here. It is, instead, an all-natural sustainable wood pulp fiber with a luxurious silky texture.


  • Material: 100% Tencel
  • Care Instructions: Machine washable and dry on a gentle setting. 
  • Note: The model is wearing a size small.

The Story Behind the Design

Kaniakapūpū means “the singing of the land shells” in Hawaiian. Featured in this print are kāhuli snails, ’ōhi’a lehua bursting into flower, and nectar-feeding i’iwi birds. This print has layers of meaning, or ‘kauna’: The songs of the snails bring Hawai’i into being.

Kaniakapūpū is the name of the summer palace of Kamehameha III, who said in 1843, ‘ua mau ke ea o ka ’aina i ka pono’ or ‘the life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.’ The Hawai’i state motto to this day.