A former lecturer at the University of Hawaii
Maui College’s Fashion Technology program founded this environmentally responsible fashion line. Designer Anna Kahalekulu weaves together ancient Hawaiian concepts and playful contemporary fabrics into small batches of ready-to-wear collections. The Kūlua label — honoring an old name for the island of Maui — stretches from keiki
(kids) to resort wear and special-occasion extravaganzas. Sustainable flourishes include upcycling vintage materials and rescuing fabrics leftover from other manufacturers. Expect wrap tops and soft, draping garments like tees and sundresses, often in corals or soft pastels evoking tropical flowers. The boutique also sells scarves and pillow covers screened with local watercolors of shells, stones and phases of the moon.