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Green Palapalai Fern Men's Aloha Shirt

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This Green Palapalai Fern Men's Aloha Shirt from David Shepard Hawaii is available at Pop-Up Mākeke and features a limited quantity print. 

This button-down shirt is made from 100% cotton poplin. The fabric is soft, light, naturally breathable, and durable. It includes real coconut buttons and a left chest pocket that matches the print. 

The men's shirt also has a button on the back of the collar. It is designed, cut, and sewn in Hawai'i on imported fabric, and the fabric prints are hand-drawn.

You can add a pop of color to your wardrobe with this men's shirt. It is perfect to wear with shorts or any type of pants. Whether you are going to a fancy party or a casual get-together, you can wear this shirt and fit right in on both occasions. 


  • Material: 100% Cotton Poplin
  • Note: Sizes run small. 
  • Model: Model #1 is wearing a size medium, and model #2 is wearing a size large.

The Story Behind the Hand-Drawn Design

This hand-drawn palapalai fern print was inspired by my time living and working with the people of Limahuli Hā‘ena, nestled on the brilliant green north shore of the island of Kaua‘i next to the Nāpali Coast. Limahuli is home to endangered Hawaiian plants, but more importantly, it is a place cared for by its people.

The people at Limahuli Garden and Preserve take care of the valley by using a traditional Hawaiian holistic land management approach and live in the perpetuation of the Hawaiian culture. Working there, I learned that relationships with each other and to the land are the true measure of strength and resilience in the face of change.

I remember fondly Aunty Lahela Chandler, Aunty Aloha as many know her, greeting everyone with warmth and aloha. I see her sitting on the porch, welcoming locals and visitors alike while making her palapalai lei. Limahuli valley is part of the larger Hā‘ena, one of the birthplaces of Hula and an ancient hula school. Some speculate that Limahuli, which means turning hands, as in ‘hands that work and turn the Aina (land), was a valley that provided food for hula students and the community that called the place home. Today, Limahuli continues to metaphorically and literally feed students and anyone who comes there ready to learn.

This print represents all these things. I hope that when you wear this print, you feel the power and love of all it represents.