Hehi Hula Racerback TankRegular price $36.95 Sale price $28.95
This comfortable, women’s lightweight tank is a great addition to any lounge or active wear collection. It is made from a soft 65% polyester/35% viscose blend, and sports a flowy bottom.
Wear this relaxing by the beach, playing beach volleyball, or moving to your favorite exercise routine.
- Women’s tank top.
- A-line body.
- Side seamed with relaxed, merrowed bottom hem.
- Shirring at racerback seam.
- Premium artwork by Native Hawaiian designers.
- Custom, trademark graphic.
NATIVE HAWAIIAN DESIGN
The Hehi Hula (hula steps) design honors the intricate complexity of hula movements. When ʻōlapa (hula dancers) are gracefully recounting the stories embedded in a traditional oli (chant) or modern mele (song), they do not arbitrarily move about.
Each hand motion is carefully choreographed by the kumu hula (hula instructor) guided not only by years of prior experience in the art, but also through their own personal ancestral connections. The hands of the ʻōlapa describe physical things or actions, like a strong wind coming off of the pali (cliffs), a gentle misty rain falling down onto a newly blooming flower, or the rise and fall of the ocean tides as they crash on the kahaone (sandy beach).
The motions of the dancer’s feet are all named movements, which not only help to standardize movements across a hālau hula (hula company), but also helps in preserving and perpetuating the practice. Gently swaying side to side is the kāʻō; the four step movement to the left and right is a kāholo; rotating the hips in a circle is called an ʻami.
This design captures each of these hehi hula into a word cloud in the shape of an ipu heke (gourd drum), which is used by a kumu hula to maintain a beat while the ʻōlapa dance. Wear this design if you are a proponent of hula, and love the intricate detail that goes into choreographing a beautiful hula.