3 Steps to the Perfect Aloha Shirt

Discover Hawaii’s distinctive trademark: the aloha shirt. Also known as “Hawaiian shirts”, this colorful apparel offers so many options in design, quality and price, it’s difficult to know where to start! Popular Hawaii activities include surfing and swimming, but today you’ll learn the secrets of another favorite local pastime: shopping.

1. Where to shop:

Check out the Aloha Flea Market for great prices on everything Hawaii, even Aloha Shirts. Bargain stores dot Waikiki for tourists who want convenience and low prices. Consider a local thrift store for second-hand shirts galore. Boutique shops carry collector’s items dating back to the 50s, with styles starting from 9.99 and soaring into the hundreds. Department stores stock the most popular brands for quality at a manageable price, especially with a store-wide sale or money-saving coupon!

2. Quality

Tori Richard, Reyn Spooner, Royal Hawaiian Creations and Paradise Found are among many brands that offer Hawaii made shirts. Imported shirts are affordable and stylish, but aficionados think “Made in Hawaii” means authenticity. Shell, bamboo, coconut, cotton-covered, jade, metal, plastic buttons. Aloha shirt pioneer Alfred Shaheen once made ivory buttons in the shape of Buddha! Buttons shouldn’t diminish the design and should always compliment the print. Choose the material with the right weight for you. Reyn Spooner’s durable Spooner Kloth, made from pima cotton and polyester, lasts for years! Finally, a pocket should match, not interrupt, the pattern.

3. Design

The are millions of designs to choose from. Some themes include: bottom heavy graphics, leis, Japanese-inspired, even advertising. Consider which styles you like before shopping—but keep your mind open to new possibilities! Don’t forget if you want a polo, button down or long sleeve. Some companies, like Sig Zane, even make ties, pants and shorts. Have you realized there are tons of choices?

Your search begins

Remember, every Hawaii vacation includes authentic Aloha wear! What are you waiting for? Start searching for the perfect aloha shirt at the Aloha Stadium Flea Market.

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