Kaleo New Zealand Designed Hawaiian Shirts

Locally Grown Talent

Our Designs

Every Kaleo Design is created by local NZ artists and inspired by the goal to capture the essence of Our Place. Our artists come from around the country, and offer their unique expressions of our favourite flora and fauna, scenery, cultural influences, Kiwiana and other iconic imagery of Aotearoa.

All our designs are limited edition runs. So, if you see one you like, get it soon. Our prints and styles will keep changing…with no shortage of great talent and inspiration around us to keep us creating. If you are a local artist and interested in collaborating with us on creating unique NZ designs, get in touch-we’d love to talk with you.

Or, maybe you have a design idea you’d like to see on one of our products? Please let us know. We value your input and are committed to creating prints that keep us all expressing our Aroha and Kiwi ways!

Learn more about our talented artists and our designs below

KAURI PRINT <br> by Alana Spivey

KAURI PRINT
by Alana Spivey

Alana has created a design that is representative of the Kauri’s textural leaves and overlapping branches. The branches dance around each other, like the canopy of the forest on a windy day.
TOE TOE PRINT <br> by Lisa Baudry

TOE TOE PRINT
by Lisa Baudry

"This plant has a strong association with coastal New Zealand for me. I painted the original motifs in ink to capture the movement of how the plant sways in the breeze."
GONE CRAY CRAY PRINT <br> by Ruth Francis

GONE CRAY CRAY PRINT
by Ruth Francis

"The lino “Crayfish” was created to celebrate one of our favourite delicacies, abundant here in our Northland waters. It is a right of passage for many divers, come summer every year, to dive the b...
PUARANGI-NZ HIBISCUS PRINT <br> by Lisa Baudry

PUARANGI-NZ HIBISCUS PRINT
by Lisa Baudry

"The hibiscus is such a beautiful flower and an incredibly popular motif in Hawaiian and Pacific Island textiles. I thought it would be fun to do a New Zealand version with our lesser-known native ...
TIKI MANAIA PRINT  <br> by Stace 'The Ace' Roper

TIKI MANAIA PRINT
by Stace 'The Ace' Roper

"I also wanted something fresh and fun feeling too, it should be something that proudly shows our unique roots”, says Stace. 
BLUE  TAUHOU PRINT <br> by Anna Evans

BLUE TAUHOU PRINT
by Anna Evans

"I’m a big fan of the gorgeous little Tauhou (silver eye, waxeye). I love how they travel in loud chirping flocks bouncing all over the place on the hunt for tiny bugs, sips of pollen and apparentl...
KAWAKAWA PRINT <br> by Jacqueline Anne Roper

KAWAKAWA PRINT
by Jacqueline Anne Roper

This design was inspired by the Kawakawa found on trail walks-its vibrant glossy green heart shaped leaves are often bug bitten and droopy with moisture.
NIKAU PALM Print <br>  by Mikaere Henderson

NIKAU PALM Print
by Mikaere Henderson

As the only palm native to Aotearoa the nīkau had multifarious uses in te ao māori, from weaving and thatching through to kai and rongoā (medicine).
BOI CATCH <br> by Rebecca Iona

BOI CATCH
by Rebecca Iona

 “Fishing was a big part of my childhood. I vividly remember waking up early in the morning and the excitement of sitting in my grandfathers little tin boat which was being towed by the tractor do...
KINA COOL <br> by Rebecca Iona

KINA COOL
by Rebecca Iona

 “Exploring the black sand beaches of the west coast of NZ was always so exciting. We would often find popping pearl seaweed, tumbleweed, Kauri snail shells, old fish carcasses, muscle and pipi sh...
POHUTUKAWA <br> by Lisa Baudry

POHUTUKAWA
by Lisa Baudry

 "I was designing this print around the time that the pohutukawa in my neighbourhood were in bloom. This flower has become synonymous with Christmas in New Zealand, so the challenge was to create s...
KOWHAIWHAI <br> by Kahurangi Rihari-Poa

KOWHAIWHAI
by Kahurangi Rihari-Poa

 "Kahu’s Kowhaiwhai design just “flowed from “ him onto an A4 piece of paper, like many of his tatoo designs. The next trick was to work his unique creation… into a repeat surface pattern  print th...
BOI BEACH SCENERY <br> by Lisa Baudry

BOI BEACH SCENERY
by Lisa Baudry

 I enjoyed looking at alot of Hawaiian shirts when researching for this print. It was inspiring to see how many different aspects of beach life are depicted on theseshirts. I thought a New Zealand ...
SPINIFEX <br> by Lisa Baudry

SPINIFEX
by Lisa Baudry

"The interplay between the spinifex forms was interesting to me, I love the way they move with the direction of the wind and the water. I wanted  this design to capture that feeling of lightness th...
PIU PIU FERN <br> by Lisa Baudry

PIU PIU FERN
by Lisa Baudry

"As botanist Bob Chinnock writes in his 1974 book “Ferns and Fern Allies of New Zealand”...”New Zealand is renowned the world over for the abundance and variety of its fern life. There are 151 spec...
PIPI SHELLS <br> by Lisa Baudry

PIPI SHELLS
by Lisa Baudry

"I have fond memories of digging in the sand at low tide with my feet feeling fortuatuas and pipis. The inspiration for this design came from the way the tuatuas look when they are collected in a b...
PATAKI <br> by Jacqueline Roper

PATAKI
by Jacqueline Roper

This was originally designed for our long sleeve shirts, fitting the brief that this product line should offer uniquely NZ patterns and a tasteful, more dressy or professional look…  Kiwi style. ...
HARAKEKE <br> by Lisa Baudry

HARAKEKE
by Lisa Baudry

 "I designed this print with womenswear in mind. I did alot of observational drawings and photographs of the Harakeke, as it was just coming into flower at the time I was designing this print. I th...
Kaleo Mens Short Sleeve Kina Cool Hawaiian Shirt

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