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RJC Brand - Kalaheo Label / Maker's of fine Men's Hawaiian Aloha Shirts since 1953.
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A short story of How Hawaiian Shirts were made
Welcome to MauiShirts.com,
MauiShirts.com blossomed out of my love for the Island of Maui, Hawaii. I love the Westside of Maui, from Lahaina Town to Kapalua. One might consider the beginning, or South end of the Westside, to be Front St., in the historic part of Old Lahaina Town. The business district, in Old Lahaina Town, is merely a few blocks long and wide. The Pioneer Inn is approximately in the middle of a nice walk from one end to the other. Front Street faces spectacular ocean vistas. There is an abundance of nightlife; art galleries, apparel, gift and curio, knick-knack shops galore, restaurants, taverns, saloons and dance clubs and bars. The sidewalks are narrow; some wooden. The street is crowded sun up to sunset most times of the year. If you travel north from Lahaina Town, on the only highway, to Kapalua, there are miles of three, four and five star hotels and condominiums and time-shares. There is an abundance of inviting public beaches that await you. Drive up, park by the ocean, have a picnic, toss out a fishing pole, jump in the water for a dunk, swim or snorkel, or just lay out on the sand. The water is 78 degrees, I think, all year around. I suspect there are more golf courses on the island of Maui than any other single place on the planet. If you didn't bring your gear with you, no problem, there are many places to rent everything you need for a day, week or month. There are Activity Desks and Booths everywhere. Water sports and outdoor activities of every kind await you here on Maui; wind-surfing, wind-sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, whale watching, horseback riding, bicycling, motor biking and scooters, helicopter rides, sunbathing, shopping, people watching and sightseeing to mention a few. Everything is here for a laid back, leisurely life style, no matter your age group. It can be found on Maui. It's simply the best:
Maui NO KA OI.
I have a little grass shack, (Condominium), in Honokowai, Kaanapali adjacent, Lahaina, Maui. I live full time on Maui. I have been escaping to Hawaii every year for over thirty years. Maui is my sanctuary and peaceful paradise. Maui is my home.
All the shirts, dresses, pants and blouses offered here are made in Hawaii by brand names of over 50 years; Paradise Found and Robert J. Clancey. RJC, Kalaheo and Shannon Marie are three of their labels.
The shirt buttons are fabricated from bamboo wood or coconut shell. The Men's shirt pockets blend perfectly, (engineered), on every fabric pattern.
These garments are colorful hand crafted to fit comfortably. Matching outfits are fun for you and your spouse and the entire family. There are no two shirts or dresses that are perfectly identical. Each Paradise Found or R. J. Clancey shirt and dress is unique. You will always receive compliments when you wear a "Paradise Found" or a "Robert J. Clancey" brand shirt or dress.
The Two Palms story:
Two Palms is part of the SYK Corporation which was established in 1982. They design, manufacture and distribute Hawaiian themed aloha resort wear, uniforms, and bulk fabric. In 2010 Two Palms had the good fortune of being able to purchase their land and building, remodeled it, to what has become an efficient garment manufacturing and warehouse distribution center.
The Labels we market our fashions under are Two Palms for their 100% Rayon clothing and Ho Aloha for their 100% Cotton Clothing.
The Shirt that says Hawai'i' - The story behind the colorful cultural icon.
Hawai'i' - awash in romance, marbled by different cultures, saturated with beauty, and compelling in contrasts - gave birth, over 50 years ago, to the renowned Aloha shirt. There is today probably no better-known garment in the world that captures a land's 'spirit of place.' For half a century, the Aloha shirt has been Hawai'i's most enduring and visible greeter and ambassador - like the lei, the Aloha shirt is worn as a statement of one's love for, and connection to, a most special place.
These words from historian and waterman Tommy Holmes, from the forward of our book The Aloha Shirt, capture the true history of this marvelous cultural icon. The Aloha shirt, so evocative of the spirit of its home, is full of mystery and allure of Hawai'i' and the stories of those who have lived here.
Different tales have circulated for decades about the origins of the Aloha shirt. Did it spring forth late one night from the hand-operated sewing machine of a Japanese tailor? Was it inspired by the tail-out shirts of the Philippines, elegant kimono cloth from Japan, or vivid floral prints for Tahiti?
There are well-documented stores from the pre-World War II years of teenagers buying wonderful, finely printed Kabe crepe material, imported from Japan, in the dry-goods stores of downtown Honolulu. These young men had their mothers sew beautiful shirts from the fabric. That tradition of beautifully sewn printed shirts spread from the Asian dry-goods merchants and home-sewers to the tailors and dress-makers of Hawai'i', creating a new style of colorful clothing.
This all took place in the late 1920s and early 1930s, at the same time that Hawai'i' was emerging as a paradise for tourists with the building of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Honolulu and the christening of the trio of magnificent cruise ships by Matson navigation, opening this majestic string of island to the world. Boatloads of visitors were charmed by hula dancers swaying to the rhythm of a lone 'ukulele, enchanted by Waikiki Beach boys riding the waves on their great wooden surfboards. For those who came from afar, nothing painted a more vivid picture of Hawai'i' than these bold shirts with their vibrant island imagery.
The early Aloha shirts most often depicted ancient symbolic imagery of the Orient. Pine and plum tree prints represented long life, good fortune, and success. The images of a tiger symbolized strength and courage. Prints of bamboo denoted strength and flexibility. Early designs were also graced with traditional images of Mount Fuji, ornate temples, or peaceful landscapes.
It was not long before local artist began to design textiles that captivated the dreamy, romantic lifestyle of their island home. Early prints that were intended for home interiors soon made their way into clothing. Elsie Das designed beautiful botanical prints of native plants – hibiscus, breadfruit, night-blooming cereus – as well as a humorous pattern incorporating hula girls. Ethel Chun Lum designed shirts sold by her brother Ellery Chun at his store, King-Smith Clothiers. Ellery Chun was the first person to officially register the name "Aloha Shirt." Ether produced designs based on her first cruise to the mainland U.S., including flying fish seen from the deck of a Matson liner.
Garment manufacturers including Kamehameha and Branfleet (later know as Kahala), which initially produced Aloha shirts with Asian motifs in their humble factories in the mid-1930s, began to commission designs from local artists. Soon, visitors and locals alike were donning these wearable postcards awash with coconut trees, surfers, outrigger canoes, hula girls, and endless varieties of colorful tropical flowers, birds, and fish.
"Aloha shirts put Hawai'i' on the map," says renowned fabric designer John "King Keoni" Meigs. "The first thing people did when they arrived was to make a beeline for a department store to buy one."
Meigs was one of many flamboyant designers in the Gold Age of Aloha shirts, which ran from the 1930's to the 1950's. for inspiration, they shared the sunsets, beaches, flowers, and rainforests of Hawai'i'. They and their visionary colleagues - manufactures, artists, and retailers - formed the community that created this memorable art form.
Celebrities of the time - such as John Barrymore, Bing Crosby, and Elvis Presley - were widely photographed wearing the shirts. Duke Kahamamoku, Hawai’i’s most beloved surfer and Olympic swimming champion, was the earliest and greatest promoter of the Aloha shirt. Duke even had his own line of shirts, which are widely coveted by collectors today.
Whether you fancy a collectible from the 1930's or a modern style of today, the Aloha shirt remains a symbol of the casual, carefree, and graceful Hawaiian lifestyle.
Reprinted from the Artful Living, The Legacy of Kukui'ula magazine, Spring, 2007. Dale Hope and Gregory Tozian are the authors of The Aloha Shirt, (Beyone Words Publishing, 2000)
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The images depicted on all pages of any Hawaiian shirt or Hawaiian dress is a random selection of the print. There are no two prints that are identical; every man's shirt print, boy's shirt print, girl's or women's dress print will be unique.
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