Aloha State Trends!
Exploring the sartorial essence of the Hawaiian Islands of Maui & Oahu
Say ‘Hawaii’ and the mind conjures up images of the ocean, lush greenery, surf, sand, pristine beaches and of course, Hawaiian shirts; but nothing you read or hear prepares you for the breathtaking beauty of the Islands. The 50th state of USA is a sparkling gem in Oceana. Away from mainland USA, its spectacular scenery, lush flora and fauna and distinctly beautiful topography makes it one of the most coveted vacation destinations in the world, amongst the affluent classes of different nationalities. As the waters of the Pacific Ocean acquire different shades, from blue to aquamarine to emerald; and lush rainforests and extinct volcanoes dot the landscape; Hawaii seems like paradise on earth, a place which makes one re-affirm that there is truly a God up there, for no man-made thing can ever be as beautiful! Apart from its renowned natural beauty, Hawaii has a distinct Polynesian culture of its own in which the ubiquitous Hawaiian shirt, also known as the ‘Aloha shirt’ plays an important role.
THE ORIGINAL HAWAIIAN SHIRT
The Aloha shirt derives its name from ‘Aloha,’ a very commonly used word in Hawaii, The word ‘Aloha’ in the Hawaiian language means ‘affection,’ ‘peace,’ ‘compassion’ and ‘mercy’ and it is also used as an English greeting to say ‘hello’ or ‘goodbye.’ A noticeable sight to those who have just put foot on Hawaiian soil is the striking cohesion in the attire of the tourists and locals, in which the Aloha shirt acquires pride of place. Made from cotton in different hues of bright yellow, sunset red, deep blue, aquamarine and other bright colours, the dress shirts have scenic gems of the Hawaiian landscape splashed onto them, giving them a distinct identity and are collared and short sleeved. With buttons going up to the chest and sometimes even up to the entire length of the dress shirt, they also have a left chest pocket sewn in, ensuring that the printed pattern remains continuous. Aloha shirts can be