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Aloha wear for the smaller set? Of course!
Yne of the most visible symbols of Hawai‘i’s aloha spirit can be seen in Hawaiian fashion known as aloha wear.
Its roots can be traced back to 1820 when New England missionaries arrived in Hawai‘i. Missionary women adapted the latest fashion in order to accommodate the large size of ali’i (royalty) women. The design was then altered into a more comfortable fit, and the holoku— a loose, floor-length, long sleeved formal dress—was born. The mu’umu’u was initially a chemise worn under the holoku and it wasn’t until the 1940s with the introduction of Hawaiian prints that it was considered fit to be worn in public.
The aloha shirt that we know today did not come about until the mid-1930s. Shirtmaker Musa-Shiya first used the term in a 1935 advertisement. However, it was tailor Ellery Chun who trademarked “aloha shirt” in 1936 as tourism in Hawai‘i grew. After World War II, bolder patterns with tropical images emerged. Rayon shirts called “silkies” became popular from 1945 to 1955. By the late 1970s, designs inspired by the Hawaiian culture came about. Eventually, subdued looking “reverse print” aloha shirts were introduced and are now worn daily in the workplace.
Today, the shift toward island-style resort wear gives aloha fashion a more cosmopolitan feel. Some aloha shirts may not necessarily feature Hawaiian prints but have various images arranged in a similar pattern as a traditional aloha shirt.
Visit any clothing store in Waikiki and you will find not just traditional aloha attire but also a variety of Hawaiian print dresses, shorts and more inspired by the rich history of a multi-cultural society that has made aloha wear a lifestyle.
And that lifestyle isn’t merely for adults. More and more stores around the area now have aloha wear-influenced apparel made for tots and tikes as well. Whether smocked dresses with floral patterns for girls, or aloha shirts with colorful prints for boys, your keiki (child) will fit right in with the local kiddies when dressed in these fun frocks. Wear ‘em with a pair of sandals or slippers and your little ones will be ready for some fun in the island sun. Check out boutiques such as Aloha Aina, Avanti, 88Tees or Angelo for some “small kine” clothing. Better still, you’re child will also get to wear a piece of paradise when you all return home—at least until that next growth spurt! Angelo Sheraton Waikiki 2255 Kalakaua Ave. [D:7 Waikiki Map] (808) 931-8906 Avanti 2164 Kalakaua Ave. [C:6 Waikiki Map] (808) 924-3232 88Tees 2168 Kalakaua Ave. [C:7 Waikiki Map] (808) 922-8832 Aloha ‘Aina Boutique Royal Hawaiian Center 2301 Kalakaua Ave. [C:8 Waikiki Map] (808) 924-4333
Indah spaghetti strap tieshoulder tiered ruffle floral print dress $78 from Aloha ‘Aina Boutique
Marie-Chantal pleat sleeve dress in navy flower $132 from DFS Galleria
Waikiki Avanti boy’s ‘Aloha Hawaii’ shirt $25 88 Tees boy’s ‘Hawaii Favorite’ aloha shirt in blue $39 Kahala ‘Dukes Par’ boy’s shirt in wasabi $38, from Angelo Indah spaghetti strap tie-shoulder tiered ruffle dress in Ibex print $78, from Aloha
‘Aina Boutique Ooh La La Mama pink hula girl print bubble dress $49.95, from