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Aloha Modern - Ke Kalo Tee - Gray

This Aloha Modern tee is a soft staple t-shirt. This 60/40 cotton-poly super-soft tee is pre-shrunk so it will maintain its shape after washing.


Nā 'Āpana O Ke Kalo. In Hawai‘i, kalo is so much more than a primary food source. To kanaka maoli, this canoe plant is the source of life. Each part of the plant has a name and had a purpose, whether for planting, eating or even as fertilizer for future kalo.  

  • ‘A‘a‘a: Fibers in the corm
  • A‘a lau: Veins of the taro leaf
  • ‘Ao lū‘au: Unexpanded leaf blade
  • Hā: Leaf stalk
  • Huluhulu: Roots from the corm; lit. hair
  • ‘I‘o kalo : Flesh of the taro corm
  • ‘Ili kalo : Skin of the taro corm
  • Ka‘e lau: Edge of the taro leaf
  • Kōhina: Part of the taro where the corm is cut away from the top
  • Lihi māwae: Edge (lihi) of the petiole groove (māwae)
  • Lū‘au: Young taro tops
  • Mahae: Leaf indentation
  • Māwae: Petiole groove
  • ‘Ohā: Corms (cormlets) or shoots produced from the parent corm
  • Piko: Nave of leaf blade


    • Machine wash cold, inside-out, gentle cycle with mild detergent and similar colors
    • Use non-chlorine bleach, only when necessary
    • No fabric softeners
    • Tumble dry low, or hang-dry for longest life.

    About Aloha Modern

    reyn mukawa malia ka‘aihue aloha modern

    It was a winning combination of creative conversations during pau hana, ingenuity and a desire to honor the culture of Hawaiʻi that Aloha Modern came to be. The designs of the brand’s products from its beach towels to bedsheets are inspired by the stars, ocean and landscapes–as seen from an island-rooted perspective. Through their brand, founders Mālia Kaʻaihue and Reyn Mukawa offer products that can be used in daily life, but have the heart of an heirloom. The duo’s prints authentically share island stories, honor the past, all while offering a genuine product for generations to come. 

    By day, Kaʻaihue is president of DTL, a strategy, design, and communication studio grounded in Hawaiian culture. The architecture firm, where Mukawa works, specializes in environmentally and culturally appropriate designs that add value to the community. Aloha Modern began as a creative project for Kaʻaihue and Mukawa to dive into after their day jobs. However, the ethos of their work—to develop and foster authentic Hawaiʻi stories—pulses through the heart of their shared business. 

    The brand started with bags and round towels as its owners found that locals sought something that was more in line with their taste and not designed for tourists. Aloha Modern designs are intimate, as its founders say they design for their families. While Aloha Modern inspiration remains close to home, the genuine reflection of local culture is an aspect of its brand that has attracted other international markets. Today, the company has even earned a significant interest from customers in Japan. 

    Within the last four years, Ka‘aihue and Mukawa’s collaboration has led to a thriving lifestyle brand. Apparent in its prints, the original desire of Aloha Modern's founders has materialized. These days, their line of products includes apparel, beach blankets, towels, bedsheets and totes. Each item on Aloha Modern's shop is accompanied by amoʻolelo (story) in the product description, which explains the meaning behind the item’s name and design.

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