H E R I T A G E
weaving Hawaiian traditions and values into beautiful, easy clothing
ʻĀ I N A
a deep love for our island home and the people of this land drives our small batch sustainable manufacturing practices
A L O H A
and pure breath
ʻO H A N A
the entire family is woven into the fabric of Hawai'i life; naturally they are all a part of KŪLUA
WORDS FROM THE DESIGNER
“It often gets reduced to a specific motif or craft, but that’s really not it. It’s that we see ourselves as part of ʻāina, not as on ʻāina. So we often choose to adorn ourselves in elements of our land to further this thought,”
“My approach to fashion is very similar—I design first by thinking of how a garment will adorn a wahine and what sort of things she can take with her throughout her day to stand taller [and] feel more grounded and ready to take on her day,”
DESIGNING FOR A NEW GENERATION OF HAWAIʻI
Taking inspiration from her Hawaiian culture, Kūluaʻs collections use prints and fabrics to tell stories that connect people with culture and place while looking and feeling good.
In today’s society now more than ever, Native Hawaiians are standing up for their culture. With a deep connection to the ʻāina (land) and sea (kai). Native Hawaiians perpetuated the art of sustainability long before it was a concept. Representation of our culture and intertwining it into our daily life is key to strengthen our Native Hawaiian communities. It’s with this in mind that Native Hawaiian, Anna Kahalekulu expresses her love for her culture with her sustainable-made clothing line, Kūlua.
CARING FOR YOUR KŪLUAread on
We put a lot of thought and care into making your garments and we hope that they are your favorites from season to season.
We put together some guidelines for you to get the most life out of your Kulua garments.
CRAFTED BY HANDread on
Our goods are cut and sewn in small batches at our Studio Shop in historic Makawao town.
Our fabrics are soft and sustainable, using industry best practices for eco-friendliness.
THE DESIGNERread on
Anna Kahalekulu is the mind and hands behind Kūlua. She is a skilled seamstress, patternmaker, and designer.
In August we donated a portion of sales from the Made in Hawaiʻi Festival, and through the rest of the month, to the Maui Strong Fund at Hawaiʻi Community Foundation. Because of you, that amount totaled $3,808. Mahalo for supporting our small, sustainable business and Maui!
If youʻd like to contribute to Mauiʻs recovery directly, hereʻs some reputable organizations:
Peopleʻs Fund of Maui
Maui United Way
Kākoʻo Maui Fund
Maui Rapid Response
Maui Strong Fund