In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Hawaiian Islands emerged as a powerful plantation economy that produced sugar, pineapple and coffee for export around the world. Plantation workers needed a rugged shirt that was suitable for hard labor in the fields. The checkered blue and white denim palaka became the standard work shirt of Hawaii. By the early 1930s the palaka Hawaiian shirts
and blue denim trousers called sailor-mokus had almost become the official national costume of Hawaii both on and off the plantation. Over the years, palaka shirts came in other colors such as red, green, and yellow. The red version became arguably the second most popular color other than blue. This red palaka Aloha shirt is made of 100% durable cotton and has a matched pocket and real coconut buttons. Made in Hawaii.
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