Mai’a (Banana Print)

$60.00

82% polyester, 18% spandex
Chlorine-resistant fabric
Finished with soft, elastic piping material
Straps to adjust size for both pieces
Cheeky fit
Both pieces are reversible
Printed, cut, and hand-sewn
Four-way stretch material stretches and recovers on the cross and lengthwise grains

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The banana is an essential to Pacific island life. It is a staple food brought to Hawai`i by the earliest canoes of Polynesian settlers. Although it is said to have originated in India, it is at the heart of myth and stories world-wide. Some say this plant grew in the garden of Eden.

Polynesian legends, proverbs and similes abound about mai`a. Hawai`i legend tells that a brother of Pele brought the banana to Hawai`i from Tahiti. It is believed to be bad luck to dream of bananas, to meet someone who carries them, or to bring them on a fishing trip. Some similes speak of a person’s skin being like a ripe banana or of a person being as beautiful as a young banana leaf. Many tales regard the banana plant as a person. Mai`a is kinolau, the body form, of Kanaloa, the Hawaiian god of healing.

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X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X-Large, 3X-Large

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Size Chart

XS S M L XL 2XL 3XL Chest 33 34 ½ 36 ¼ 37 ¾ 40 ⅞ 44 47 ¼ Waist 25 26 ¾ 28 ¼ 29 ⅞ 33 36 39 ⅜ Hips 35 ⅜ 37 38 ⅝ 40 ⅛ 43 ¼ 46 ½ 49 ⅝