Ki and kakau

Welina mai kākou!  Aloha, my friends!  I wanted to share with you a little outfit that I’d put together for last week’s tattoo event at Eden. This features a lovely ki pa’u with plumeria lei from ::*) Charmed (*:: and a lovely body kakau from [Ab.Fab] .



Traditional hula pa’u (skirts) are made of leaves of the ki (or ti) plant, split along the central vein and tied together.  In ancient times, the breasts would be bare, although modern ‘sensibilities’ put an end to that.  A ‘kini top, pareo, or mu’u mu’u might be worn nowadays.  NEVER would you wear coconuts!

::*) Charmed (*:: offers flexi ki/ti skirts in three different lengths – 30 cm (shown), 50 cm (knee-length), and a long version.  Each comes with a choice of plumeria colours for the lei, haku lei (headband), and kupe’e (wristlets and anklets).


Kakau is the traditional form of tattooing from Hawai’i.  Kakau often would take geometric or naturalistic lines, and typically represent heritage (family/clan) or personal attributes.  Typically, women received kakau on the face (for fertility), and on/about hands and wrists, ankles and feet.  Full-body kakau on torso, legs and arms, such as the lovely Aroha from [Ab.Fab] , were reserved for the men-folk, but I do believe in crossing those boundaries if I want to.  Aroha comes in standard tattoo layers as well as Omega, Belleza, Maitreya, and Slink appliers.


Hula, of course, simply means “dance”, but always tells a story.  It is a beautiful form, and if you ever have the chance to visit the Merrie Monarch festival in Hilo in the spring, you will see some of the most amazing hula in the world.

Mahalo, my friends, be filled with aloha!

Oh, and just one more little bit, found on the interwebs:

“The use of coconuts for bras in Hawaii actually goes back quite a ways. Until horses were introduced to the Hawaiian islands by Europeans, Hawaiian kings and their knights had to travel on foot, with an accompanying woman to assist them by knocking together a pair of half-coconuts to produce the “clippity-clop” sound. This is also, incidentally, the origin of “knockers” as a synonym for breasts.”  – cmkeller

Mahalo!  A hui hou!