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The Hawaiian Shirt

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Hawaii has many unique parts of its’ culture, including the now world-famous Hawaiian Shirt.

The Hawaiian shirt, also known as the aloha shirt, has a deeper significance than just loud, tropical prints for tourists. Here’s a breakdown of its interesting history and cultural meaning:

From Workwear to Symbol of Paradise:

  • Originally called “palaka,” Hawaiian shirts were work shirts worn by laborers in the early 1900s. [Source: Collections of Waikiki]
  • They were made from durable fabrics like denim and suited for Hawaii’s hot climate.

Evolution and Rise to Popularity:

  • In the 1930s, the shirts transitioned into lighter fabrics and adopted brighter colors and floral prints. [Source: AlohaFunWear.com]
  • Hollywood stars like Elvis Presley and Tom Selleck wearing aloha shirts on screen further boosted their popularity in the mid-20th century.

A Cultural Icon:

  • Today, the Hawaiian shirt represents the relaxed and welcoming spirit of the Hawaiian Islands, also known as the “Aloha Spirit.”
  • It’s a symbol of Hawaiian culture and worn with pride by locals.
  • Aloha Week celebrations even encourage wearing aloha shirts as a way to connect with Hawaiian heritage.

A Cultural Icon:

  • Today, the Hawaiian shirt represents the relaxed and welcoming spirit of the Hawaiian Islands, also known as the “Aloha Spirit.”
  • It’s a symbol of Hawaiian culture and worn with pride by locals.
  • Aloha Week celebrations even encourage wearing aloha shirts as a way to connect with Hawaiian heritage.

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