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David Shepard Hawaii

Albatross Colony Women's Half-sleeve Aloha Shirt

Albatross Colony Women's Half-sleeve Aloha Shirt

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Mōlī (Laysan Albatross) live long lives at sea, spending most of it far from land. Albatross are the kinolau (physical manifestation) of Lono, god of peace and rain. They are harbingers of the Makahiki winter rainy season. Each makahiki season, the arrival of mōlī are reminders of a season of peace, rain and growth.


Made in Hawai‘i. 100% Tencel, a sustainable eucalyptus-based fabric. Fabric is silky-soft, naturally breathable, and sustainable. Real coconut buttons. Half sleeve collared shirt. Limited quantity print. Designed, cut, and sewn in Hawai‘i on imported fabric. Machine wash and dry on a gentle setting.

*Model is wearing a size Small.

Benefit’s Friend’s of Midway.

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Mōlī (Laysan albatross) spend much of their life soaring thousands of miles across the Pacific Ocean. Every winter, they converge on Kuaihelani (Midway Atoll) to court, dance and give birth to the next generation. Commandeering almost every patch of habitable space for nine months, they form the largest albatross colony in the world. Sitting among them on her nest is Wisdom–banded in 1956, she is the world’s oldest known banded bird in the wild.

Special to the Hawaiian islands, their brilliant white feathers collected from naturally deceased Mōlī on Kuaihelani, adorn kāhili (royal standards) in ‘Iolani Palace and Queen Emma’s Summer Palace in Hawai‘i.

Efforts to mālama ‘āina (to care for and honor the land) are endless but critical to ensure that native species–seabirds, seals, turtles, plants–can thrive. Next year we will see an extensive undertaking to eradicate introduced mice that can maim, and ultimately kill adult Mōlī. Your purchase will directly support conservation efforts on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge through its official non-profit, the Friends of Midway Atoll.

- David Shepard