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David Shepard Hawaii

Hidden He‘e Tie-back Top

Hidden He‘e Tie-back Top

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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 that is 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 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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Hidden He‘e

"Pupuhi ka he'e o kai uli." 

The octopus of the deep spews its ink.

‘Olelo No‘eau (Hawaiian Proverb), Mary Kawena Pukui

He‘e (octopus) means to flee, slide, or melt. In Hawaiian mythology, they are the kinolau (physical manifestation) of Kanaloa, the god of the ocean. He’e are highly intelligent creatures. They are shapeshifters, masters of camouflage and the quick get-away when needed. Since he‘e have no bones or armor, they are on the one hand vulnerable to predators. They use this trait to their advantage. Being flexible, they can squeeze through very narrow spaces to hide and escape. They also have black ink that they jet out when throwing off a chasing predator. They hunt and feed on snails, small fish and crustaceans, especially at night. He’e are tricksters who know how to survive on the coral reef.

The he‘e in this print are pictured with Kole tangs (Ctenochaetus strigosus), a Hawaiian endemic fish. The he‘e are hard to spot, camouflaged with their coral backdrop, an apt reminder that things are not always what they at first seem.

– David Shepard