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Manu-o-Kū & Flowering Hau Tree Blonde Tie-back Top

Manu-o-Kū & Flowering Hau Tree Blonde 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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THE STORY BEHIND THE HAND-DRAWN DESIGN

A past Hawai’i echoes with visions of a future one. Manu-o-kū birds soar, nest, and fish amongst the coastal flowering Hawaiian hau trees. The hau flowers last only a single day each, going from yellow at dawn to orange and red as the day ends.

The manu-o-kū, also known as the white tern, holds deep cultural and ecological significance to Hawai’i. When seen out at sea, these graceful birds are natural indicators to seafarers that land is near. Like fI Sherman, they go out to sea in the mornings to fish and return to shore in the evenings.

Once rare in Hawai’i, except in the remote northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Their comeback once the 1970s in urban Honolulu is a testament to dedicated community conservation efforts, while echoing the timeline of the Hawaiian cultural renaissance. Honolulu has implemented measures to protect the trees where they are actively nesting from disturbance, marking them with a blue ribbon around the trunks.

-David Shepard

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