Fun Things about Hawaii and Hawaiian Apparel

There's more to the Aloha spirit than just wearing one of our fun Hawaii shirts or dresses. The team at knows all the ins and outs of island culture, and we want to be able to share these things with you even if you're never able to set of foot on the Hawaiian sand. (We understand if it's too hard for you to make it happen.) Here you can find lots of fun content that you can peruse while shopping or when you have some extra time. We'll help you learn about Hawaiian clothing and customs so you can experience more of what it's like to live Aloha.

Hawaiian Fashion Photo Galleries

Check our galleries of Hawaiian shirts and dresses to get some ideas for your Aloha wardrobe. 

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History of the Hawaiian Shirt

The Hawaiian shirt (more commonly referred to as an "Aloha shirt" in Hawaii) is an international symbol of Hawaii recognized around the world. It has evolved over the decades from its humble beginnings in the 1930's just like other fashion trends. There are several types of Hawaiian shirts as well as other Hawaiian clothing. Here are some interesting facts you might not know about the Hawaiian shirt.

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Aloha Shirt Making Process

Manufacturing Hawaiian shirts is a labor of love, and you can feel that love in every piece of aloha attire we produce. But there are a lot of steps involved in going from concept to a completed shirt. Let us show you how it's done!

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Tradition of Aloha Friday

Have you seen the guy or girl who wears a Hawaiian shirt to the office every Friday? Have you been that person? It may seem new to some people, but the tradition of wearing wild Hawaiian shirts and Hawaiian dresses to the office actually began just after World War II. What began as a way to beat the heat on the island has become an increasingly accepted form of business apparel. At more and more companies on more and more days, it's A-okay to dress in something Hawaiian for work.

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Main Types of Aloha Shirts

Hawaiian shirts are as diverse as the colors of the rainbow. They coming an almost infinite different combination colors, prints and styles. But most shirts fall in to a few main categories. 

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Easy Luau Party Planner

A luau is a Hawaiian party or feast often accompanied by entertainment. It’s an event where friends and family eat, laugh and bond through a fun shared experience. Basically, luaus are awesome. The best thing is that don’t have to go to Hawaii or spend big money to capture this magic. Throwing a Hawaiian theme party is easier than you think. Just follow these three basic rules and you’ll be elevated to hero status among your friends.

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Easy Hawaiian Recipes

Food is an integral part of Hawaiian culture, and is so much more than "just add pineapple". Hawaii is unique in that we have a wonderful blend of nationalities which shines through in the foods that we prepare.

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Hawaiian Shirts & Dresses Made in Hawaii vs Imports

The first Aloha shirts and dresses started appearing in Honolulu in the 1930s. Back then, they were made in Hawaii. In recent years, it has been no secret that apparel manufacturing has largely exited the US to overseas sources where labor and other resources are cheap and abundant. If you go to your local department store to buy clothes, chances are they come from China or other parts of Asia or Central America.

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Trends in the Hawaiian Dress & Shirt Manufacturing Industry

Hawaiian shirts and dresses have been a staple of Hawaii's garment industry since they were first created in the 1930's. Over the years, the popularity of Hawaiian shirts and dresses made them recognizable symbols of a free fun-loving spirit around the world. Because of this popularity, competition in this niche has grown significantly, especially in the last 20 years. 

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Island attire has a fascinating history, and our articles about Hawaiian apparel can help you make a more informed purchase or just impress your friends with trivia. Our content will get you up to speed on major developments and styles, current trends, the tradition of Aloha Friday and culturally significant apparel such as the "Magnum PI" shirt. We also have a cool video about how Hawaiian clothing is made. Want to add more Aloha to your life? Look at our Hawaiian recipes and theme party planning tips. 

Of course, sometimes you just want to gaze at people on the beach. Who doesn't? We have an assortment of photo and video galleries so you can see different Aloha apparel in action. This is a great tool for if you're considering several different Hawaiian dresses for ladies or men's Hawaiian shirts, and want to compare them side-by-side. Send us your best Aloha shirt photos and we'll post them to our Facebook or Instagram accounts so you can show off for the world. Like what you see here? Subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter to get all the latest fun content along with new products and discounts you won't find anywhere else.