Distinctly Hawaiian, uniquely designed
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Manuhealii has made a name for itself as a major player in the Hawaiian fashion scene. With its bold colors and unique prints, the designs are instantly recognizable. HI Now host Kanoe Gibson is at the clothing brand’s Kailua boutique getting a look at some of the designer’s latest collection.
Manuhealii designs for women, men, and keiki and has a number of collections, including Ka Moa’e Ku, Ko’olau, ‘Ilima, Pu La’i Knit. Since 1985, the clothing brand has been making designs inspired by and representative of Hawaii’s rich native culture and island lifestyle. Its distinctive signature prints and joyful color combinations celebrate these deep connections and the love of feel-good clothing.
Influenced early on by her mother, Delleen, and her grandmother Edith, Manuhealii picked up sewing and matching fabric swatches for patchwork garments as a teen and developed an eye for color combinations. Her childhood experiences were spent at craft fairs selling her mom’s Potpourri Patch Mu’umu’u’s to her loyal fan base, eager to purchase the one-of-a-kind garments. Eventually, Hawaii designers Nake’u Awai and Allen Akina soon became Manuhealii’s mentors and included her in their fashion shows to showcase her screen printed ready-to-wear collection.
Her husband Pono, an architect and graphic artist, joined the team in 1992. Watching each other’s creative and entrepreneurial spirit fuels their inspiration to expand the clothing brand. The husband and wife partnership has happily grown to include input from their three sons. La’amea, the eldest son, works as comptroller, Keaka and his stylist wife Randie run the website and marketing, and Lokahi acts as graphic designer. The family has worked together to expand its creativity to a new level.
Manuhealii currently has two locations open, its flagship gallery in Honolulu at 930 Punahou Street and the Kailua beach boutique at 5 Ho’ola’i St. Visit the Manu-experts who are longing to help you find the perfect garment for your special event!