Palai & Palai a Kamapua'a Pareo in deep Forrest green with Bright Celedon green and black prints.
Woven into Lei, made into skirts of magical power, laid down as a blanket for a lover, embodied by different Akua. When we think of epic tales of Aloha, the mind quickly alights on the escapades of Kamupua'a. An insatiable and Kolohe rogue who has multiple physical forms including ‘Palai a Kamupua'a. A species of fern endemic to Hawaii that is now becoming rare. The name applies to three species of Hawaiian ferns.
Palai is a kinolau of Laka, Goddess of Hula and is commonly placed on alters made for her. Synonymous with beauty both in appearance and scent, the use of Palai goes far beyond Hula. Anyone wanting to make themselves or a space inviting, would go into the mountains and come back with forest greenery. Especially fragrant things like Palai. Some may not think of Palai as especially aromatic, but that all depends on preference. With a few exceptions Hawaiian plants tend to have sweet gentle fragrances which is reflected in our Kūpuna's taste. For Lei and decoration they preferred the soft perfumes Such as Palai, Maile, Lehua,' Awapuhi etc..