Hidden away in small pockets of Hawaiʻi's dry forest habitats (only 4% of them remain) is the beautiful hōlei tree whose little yellow blossoms look like tiny Plumeria flowers because the two are cousins. However, the scent of the hōlei blossom far surpasses that of any Plumeria, so honi (inhale) deeply if you get the chance to meet her in person, a memory you will forever cherish. The bark and roots of this tree are pounded to produce a gorgeous yellow dye for some kinds of kapa, such as hōlei, wai liʻiliʻi, which were used for the decorative top sheet, or kilohana, in the kuʻinakapa (layered blanket). The wood is used to make moʻo (gunnels) for canoes. Once a common dry forest tree on all the main islands, the largest populations of hōlei now occur on at Auwahi (Maui) and Puʻuwaʻawaʻa (Hawaiʻi). Hawaiʻi's four endemic species of hōlei are in the genus Ochrosia. One is extinct and the others rare. Kaluhea wale kahi pua makaliʻi - Simply fragrant is a certain tiny flower.
This splash-proof tote bag by Aloha Collection is adorned with Kealopiko's hōlei blossom design and some sassy stripes. It's made of 100% coated Tyvek. It's very versatile and can be used for any kine outdoor action. Separate your wet and dry stuff with style. Stash swimwear, fins, towels, sunscreen, or any other adventure essentials. Kealopiko will be donating a portion of the proceeds from this collaboration to the Plant Extinction Prevention Program, which helps Hawaiʻi's most rare and endangered plants to survive. Visit www.pepphi.org for more information.
*Matching Hōlei clutch also available on our accessories page*
Dimensions: 20" across the top x 14.5" tall with a 6" gusset | Nylon straps | Extra front pocket with zipper | NOT reversible