You are bidding on an amazing 1950's Hawaiian silk brocade gown with train called a Holoku (a formal mu'umu'u). This unusual gown, made by BETE, INC COLLECTION OF HONOLULU , has been in our family since 1959 when my mother, LOKELANI purchased it for one of her many appearances with Don Ho. Nola Nahulu ( one of Hawai ʻ i's most prominent choral conductors) continues to operate in the footsteps of Betty Manchester who started the company, Bete Inc., in 1959 to provide Hawai'I women with an elegant selection of mu'umu'u and holoku.

The more commonly cited explanation for the term, HOLOKU, comes from the following legend, which relies on a more exact translation of the Hawai'ian words: native seamstresses, when sewing their dresses in the days of old, would say "holo!" (run) as they turned the wheel to operate the sewing machine, and "ku" (stop) when they wished to stop at the end of a seam. Consequently, these two words were connected and the term is explained (Hussey, 1940).

The lustrous peach colored brocade is still vibrant, and looks brand new. The tag inside reads, "Bete, Inc. Collection of Honolulu. It's traditional old-style sizing, accommodating up to a 36" bust. Overall length of the dress from the point of exquisite tapestry braid neckline, and tuxedo collaring, to the hem of the dress is 57" from shoulder
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