aloha shirt

Casual short-sleeve print shirt, originally made in Hawaii; a colorful fashion item that over the decades bounced all over the fashion spectrum, from casually elegant, to tacky and garish, to highly collectible.

Native Hawaiians for years had been hand-painting island motifs onto the drab tapa-bark palaka shirts favored by Chinese immigrant workers, when, in 1931, Honolulu tailor Ellery Chun began putting the same brightly colored pattern onto silk. Five years later, Kamehameha Garment Compa...