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David Shepard Hawaii

Limu Kala Gold Elastic Skirt

Limu Kala Gold Elastic Skirt

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Elastic skirt. Limited quantity print. Hand-drawn fabric print illustrations. Designed, cut, and sewn in Hawai‘i on imported fabric.

Made with draping 100% Tencel, a sustainably made eucalyptus-based fabric. Tencel is a fiber intended as a silk substitute 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, made in a closed loop cycle from sustainably grown eucalyptus. No plastic, polyester, or cotton is used here; instead, enjoy this all-natural sustainable wood pulp fiber with a luxurious silky texture. Machine wash and dry on a gentle setting.

*Model is wearing size Small.

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Limu Kala


“He kala nō, a ho‘i ka pilikia.”

Trouble leaves with forgiveness.

‘Olelo No‘eau (Hawaiian Proverb), Daisy Lovell, Anahola, Kauai


Limu is a Hawaiian word descriptive of mosses, lichens, seaweed, and algae. Kala means sharp, which describes the sharp spines on the blades of the algae. Kala also means to loosen, free, and forgive.


Limu kala (Sargassum sp.) is an edible Hawaiian seaweed that exists in high wave energy intertidal zones, commonly found in tide pools.


Limu kala has traditional medicinal uses. When recovering from an illness, a lei of limu kala is worn into the ocean. It would drift apart and in doing so, take with it any remaining illness from

the wearer. In addition, pounded limu kala is made into a poultice that is used to treat coral cuts and gashes.


Limu kala is uniquely important in Hawai'i for its use in ho'oponopono, a traditional reconciliation ceremony for divided families that roughly translated means “to make right.” In ho'oponopono, an extended family usually comes together to set relationships right. Eating limu kala marks the resolution of the problem, symbolizing forgiveness and the release of past wrongs.


– David Shepard