ʻŌlapa Dolman T-ShirtRegular price $32.95
This loose fit t-shirt has a distinctly flowy and fashionable look featuring original custom designs by Maoli artists. The unbelievably soft tri-blend fabric makes it extremely comfortable and a must have in every wardrobe.
Whether it is relaxing at the beach, grabbing dinner in town, or spending the afternoon touring a local shopping center, this Maoli t-shirt is perfect for any occasion.
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- 50% polyester, 25% combed ringspun cotton, 25% rayon
- Light fabric (4.3 oz/yd² (146 g/m²))
- Loose, flowy fit
- Short sleeve
- Premium artwork by indigenous designers
- Custom trademark graphic
NATIVE HAWAIIAN DESIGN
The word ʻōlapa is a reference to a Hawaiian hula dancer. Hula is a dance artform that is completely unique to Hawaiʻi. It consisted of an ʻōlapa (hula dancer) visually conveying the meaning or story of a particular oli (chant) or mele (song). ʻŌlapa were critical to the preservation and perpetuation of various traditional stories and lessons.
The ʻōlapa would be complemented by a hoʻopaʻa (memorizer), who would be responsible for chanting or singing and playing a percussion instrument like the ipu heke (gourd drum) to maintain a steady beat for the dancers. Oftentimes the hoʻopaʻa would also be the kumu hula (hula instructor), who would teach the ʻōlapa various hula steps, chants and songs.
While hula dancers are immeasurably graceful in performing their craft, they are incredibly disciplined athletes with the strength and poise comparable to ballet dancers. Wear this design if you support this elegant kanaka maoli cultural artform.