The Kai Bottom is simple, something you can wear on any occasion. Kai is our ocean, and being the place we all came from it has a deep importance in the Hawaiian culture and in my life.
Our bikini is a soft stable blend. 80% Nylon and 20% Spandex
Hand wash cold. No bleach. No fabric softeners. Hang dry in shade.
The ʻIlima Print was originally designed by Aloha Modern, Anu Hawaiʻi designer Keānuenue took this prints and gave them a little splash of color!
In the story of travels by Hi‘iakaikapoliopele, there is a mo‘olelo in which the goddess Hi‘iaka watches young wahine diving into the sea on the ‘Ewa coast, all of them wearing garlands of bright yellow ‘ilima flowers, their lei dazzling against the crystal blue ocean. The hardy indigenous shrub is characterized by silvery heart-shaped leaves and shiny dime-sized blossoms. It belongs to the hibiscus family and grows wild in hot, dry environments. It was the flower of choice for leis by ali‘i, or Hawaiian Royalty, but these flower adornments took nearly 500-1000 flowers to complete a single lei strand. The five-petaled variety was said to be a favorite of Queen Emma and would often be seen to be the preferred flower of the Kamehameha butterfly. Other varieties of ‘ilima were used as a source of medicine by ‘ōiwi to cure general debility, womb disorders, and asthma.
The Kaula Print was also originally designed by Aloha Modern, Keānuenue took this prints added her own little twist!
ʻŌiwi were keen observers of the natural world. One of the many hana noʻeau practices that was both continued and adapted in the islands was the making of kaula (cordage). Kaula was a foundational part of many of the tools and operations of daily life. Used to lash waʻa (canoes), holding the timber frame of a hale, woven to create ʻupena (fishnet), even the foundation of creating ʻahuʻula (feather capes) worn by aliʻi for centuries. Cords have always connected generations, from one’s piko physically linking one generation to the next, to the actual practice of the art form. Today cords are linking more distant generations. The making of cordage, so valued a skill in past centuries, is one of the many traditional practices that have found eager current-day haumāna.
The Kai Pattern replicates the movement of the ocean and it's many shades.
The Sand + Hyper Blue is a reversible bikini with a sand colored outside and a deep blue inner layer.
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