ʻUlu | Kahikikū ʻAhukai Loloa - white
A longer version of our 'Ahukai, the go-to garment of the modern wahine. This dress features side pockets, a higher neckline with coconut buttons and scalloped hem that falls at mid calf.
100% cotton | Buttons at cuffs and neck | Aina-friendly dyes & inks | Designed in Hawaii, made in the USA
|Ahukai Loloa Kahikiku||Shoulder||Chest||Hips||Back length||Bicep|
He mo‘olelo kēia no ko Haumea ho‘opakele ‘ana i ke ola o kāna kāne aloha, o Wākea, ka mea i hopu ‘ia no ka lawe ‘ana i ka mai‘a o ka ‘e‘a “kapu” o ke ali‘i, o Kumuhonua. Ua hauhoa ‘ia akula i ke kumu ‘ulu e kū ana ma ka ‘ao‘ao o ka imu ‘ena‘ena o kona make: “‘O ia hele nō ia o ua Haumea nei a ma mua pono o ke alo o ke kāne, ‘anehe akula e honi, ‘a‘ole na‘e i pā ka ihu i ke kāne, ‘o kona pa‘i akula nō ia i ke kumu ‘ulu. He halulu kā nā mea a pau o ka lohe ‘ana, he nāueue ‘ana ho‘i o ka honua, ‘oā a‘ela ke kumu ‘ulu a hāmama maila ia me he waha ala no kekahi ana nui. A ia wā nō i ‘onou aku ai ‘o Haumea i ke kāne i loko o ua kumu ‘ulu nei, a ‘o ia nei aku nō ho‘i ma hope. I lawa nō lāua nei a nalo i loko o ke kumu ‘ulu, ‘o ke olo a‘ela nō ia o nā leo ho‘ōho pīhoihoi o ka lehulehu, e ‘ikuā ana mai kelā pe‘a a kēia pe‘a o ka ‘aha kanaka: ʻA lilo ke pio ē! A lilo ke pio! He wahine kupua kā kēia i hele mai nei. Kā! He keu ka mana! ‘A‘ohe lua!’ Pēlā nō ho‘i i ‘ike ‘ia ai ke ‘ano akua o ua ‘o Haumea. Wahi a John Papa ‘Ī‘ī, i loko o ke kapu loulu (he ‘aha ko‘iko‘i ma ka heiau), he ‘elua nō ki‘i wahine i lawe ‘ia i mua o ke anaina, ‘o Haumea (Kāmeha‘ikana) lāua ‘o Kalamainu‘u (Kihawahine), ma mua o ke ka‘i ‘oloa, ‘o ia ho‘i ke ka‘i ‘ana aku o “nā wāhine Po‘o Aupuni” i nā malo hou (he ninikea a he ‘oloa) no nā ki‘i o ka heiau. Kumuhonua, an unkind chief of O‘ahu, took Wākea prisoner for picking some wild bananas he found growing near he and Haumea’s home at Kilohana, Kalihi uka. Tied to an ‘ulu tree next to a blazing imu, Wākea was about to be executed. Haumea read the signs in the heavens and through the help of ‘awa divination, could see that he was still alive. She found him at Nini, and told the executioner she wanted to honi her kāne one last time. Before their noses actually touched, she struck the ‘ulu tree. A roaring was heard, the earth trembled, and the tree opened like the mouth of a great cave. Haumea shoved Wākea in, entered after him, and the tree closed behind them, leaving the people in absolute awe. Kumuhonua immediately ordered that the tree be chopped down. However, the splinters and sap that flew off were lethal. It was clear that Haumea was an akua and the appropriate offerings must be made to her. This was done and the tree was felled. It was carved into a ki‘i (wooden image) and worshiped by chiefs of O‘ahu and Maui, eventually coming into the hands of Kamehameha I. Thus, Haumea became ke akua ‘ulu ‘o Kāmeha‘ikana. ‘Ulu (Artocarpus altilis) is still an important food source and the largest collection of ‘ulu in the Pacific is at Kahanu gardens in Hāna, Maui. It boasts 123 varieties each with its own unique flavor.