Kihei (Cape) Designs
Kihei means cape or shoulder covering in Hawaiian
This hand-drawn ʻOhe Kapala (bamboo stamping) design created by Malialuika was arranged exactly as it would have been traditionally stamped on Kapa (bark cloth). In this case, the Kihei design and colors have been manipulated to represent how original designs are stamped on traditional kihei (shoulder covering).
Stamped Kapa is the true Hawaiian "Aloha" print versus what is marketed and sold around the world since the advent of tourism in the 1950s.