What does Moo Moo mean in Hawaiian


Loose dress, usually brightly colored or patterned, especially worn by Hawaiian women or as a dressing gown

“Moo-moo” forwards here. For other uses, see Moo moo.
Hawaiian singer wears a muumuu and plays the ukulele

The muumuu or muʻumuʻu ((Hawaiian pronunciation: [ˈMuʔuˈmuʔu]) is a loose dress of Hawaiian origin[1] it hangs off the shoulder and is like a cross between a shirt and a robe. Like the aloha shirt, the muumuu exports are often brilliantly colored with floral designs from generic Polynesian motifs. Muumuus for Hawaiian residents are rather subdued. Muumuus are no longer worn as frequently at work as the aloha shirt, but they are still the preferred evening dress for weddings and festivals like the Merrie Monarch Hula competition. Muumuus are also popular as maternity wear because they don't restrict the waist.

Etymology and History [edit]

The word muʻumuʻu means “cut off” in Hawaiian because the dress originally lacked a yoke.[2] It was originally a shorter, informal version of the more formal one holokū. Holoku was the original name for Mother Hubbard's dress, introduced by Protestant missionaries to Hawaii in the 1820s.[3] The holokū with long sleeves and a floor-length, non-fitted dress that falls from a high-necked yoke. Over the years the holokū closer to European and American fashion. It could have a fitted waist and even a train for the evening. As the holokū became more elaborate, the muumuu, a shortened version, became popular for informal clothing.

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  • Media related to Muumuu at Wikimedia Commons