Dye hard: Natural indigo undergoes revival, husband-wife team offer sustainable dyeing workshops around the island

Justin Cook Tripp and Wai’ala Ahn, Waiho’olu’u ola’s husband-wife duo, stand in front of indigo creations as they dry at a private workshop in Waikoloa. (COURTESY PHOTO/WAIHO’OLU’U OLA)

Wai’ala Ahn harvests wild indigo in Waikoloa. (COURTESY PHOTO/WAIHO’OLU’U OLA)

Finished indigo creations created using an organic fructose vat hang out to oxidize and dry. (COURTESY PHOTO/WAIHO’OLU’U OLA)

Gabriela Conliffe writes down the step-by-step process needed to create an all-natural fructose vat using local indigo during a workshop at Iwa Cafe in South Kona. (COURTESY PHOTO/WAIHO’OLU’U OLA)

WAIKOLOA — Wai’ala Ahn and Justin Cool Tripp are happiest when they’re feeling blue.