The Vintage Aloha shirt is a celebration of
the charm of old Hawaii. These vintage shirts
captured the feel and pristine beauty of the
Aloha shirts are “what to wear” while in Hawaii
whether you are a tourist or a local. Still
today, visitors wear the brightly colored Hawaiian
shirts on the airplane when leaving the island
as a “badge of honor” of their trip.
Many visitors from the golden age of Hawaii
(1930 – 1950) brought back gifts of Aloha shirts
to those not as fortunate to visit the islands.
These shirts depicted scenes and activities
that bring back memories of their visit such
as ukuleles, fish, hula shows, fishing, rainbows,
amazing flowers, canoeing, diamond head, tiki's,
paddling, sailing and beautiful ocean scenes.
I have found that Aloha shirts can be very
disarming by lightening the mood. Aloha shirts
can be like little suits of armor or force fields
where nothing bad can happen to you. Everything
seems to be happier and lighter when wearing
a Hawaiian shirt.
My personal favorites are the old shirts with
words that read like advertisements for Hawaii
and are in bright colors such as red and yellow.
When wearing one of these shirts, you are a
walking billboard advertising Hawaii.
The value of a Vintage shirt from Hawaii will
depend on the material, the condition, rarity,
size and manufacturer. Some of the more popular
manufacturers include: Alii
House, Made in California,
in Hawaii, Malihini,
Sportswear and Waikiki Sports. Most collectors
prefer the old
rayon shirts that have a silky feel. They
are called "silkies", but are made of rayon.
Because of their demand, rayon shirts usually
have the highest value. However, the earliest
aloha shirts were from the 1930's and were made
You can have a piece of that
old Hawaii charm shipped to your door from the
islands by purchasing an authentic original
vintage aloha shirt from the Vintage-Aloha-Shirts.com shop.
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