History Of the Hawaiian Aloha Shirt

Warm direct breezes and white sandy shorelines. The valuable stone blue waters of the Pacific reflecting splendid dusks. Pictures of the islands of Hawaii. As symbolic as any Hawaiian fortune is the Hawaiian shirt, or fittingly depicted, the “Aloha shirt”. The legend and history of the essential “Aloha” Hawaiian shirts is soaked with the lifestyle and inheritance of early Hawaii.

Hawaii’s history is stacked with legends, and a noteworthy number of them were wearing Hawaiian shirts. On the islands, they are known as Aloha shirts yet the image known as the Hawaiian shirt is a trademark apparent around the globe. The Hawaiian Aloha shirt is a picture of the island paradise Hawaii and also its contemporary history.

In the mid twentieth century Hawaii experienced a surge of vagrants from Asia and the United States. This was farm period Hawaii and the economy was focused on sugar stick and pineapple convey. Despite tongue and traditions, pariahs conveyed with them a collection of material and attire styles. Splendid Kimono surface began from Japan, Barong style shirts started from the Phillippines, formal silk bits of apparel from China and the got shirt began from the United States. Nearby Hawaiians had ordinary dressing made with excellent geometric illustrations every now and again saw on Kapa Pa’u (sarongs).

In the midst of this time, in 1930s, farm workers were found in short sleeved shirts with wonderful geometric illustrations. These were known as Palaka shirts. Every now and again, Japanese men and young fellows on the islands wore a relative style shirt created utilizing left completed Kimono texture, the Kimono-material shirt. These early precursors to the forefront Hawaiian Aloha shirt were every day staples in the storage rooms of estate masters.

In 1931, a young school graduated class named Ellery Chun returned to Hawaii ensuing to going to class in Connecticut. It was in the midst of the Great Depression and Chun went to work for his father’s dry items store in Honolulu. Chun soon expected control over the business, renamed the store King-Smith Clothiers and began developing. He enlisted the help of his sister, Ethel Chun Lum, and began influencing splendid print to short sleeve shirts made out of the additional material from Japanese Kimonos. Chun selected the trade name “Salaam” in 1936 and a print advancement in the Honolulu Advertiser Newspaper was the place he at first sired the idiom “Aloha shirt”. Chun demonstrated the Hawaiian Aloha shirts in his shop window and threw the Palaka into shape history the Hawaiian Aloha shirt.

Around a comparable time that Chun trademarked the Hawaiian Aloha shirt another Honolulu business was also making short-sleeved shirts from Japanese Kimono surface. Musashiya and Surfriders Sportswear, in Honolulu’s Ala Moana Shopping Center, sold the splendid pieces of attire as “Hawaiian” shirts. Both Chun and Musashiya sold shirts with extravagant prints, palm trees, hula young women, pineapples and basically every other picture of Hawaii.

The two creators had envisioned a hot thing and the propelled Hawaiian Aloha shirt was imagined. The shirts were obtained by adjacent tenants, shoreline young fellows, surfers and island visitors. Voyagers to the islands fell snappy for the common mold of the marvelously toned shirts wore by energetic islanders. Chun began supporting an area radio capacity show up from the Moana Surfrider Hotel, giving significantly all the more expanding pace to the unmistakable quality of the Hawaiian Aloha shirt. His sister, Ethel, began making splendid tropical surface outlines that portrayed Hawaiian designs versus Asian styles setting up the front line Hawaiian shirt.

Diverse merchants took after Chun’s and Musashiya’s leads. A little while later, Hawaiian shirts were conveyed over the islands in boundless styles. Masterful manifestations were traded to surface and plans competed for most point by point and by and large detailed. For sure, even the imprints advanced toward getting to be artful culminations that replicated the dream of life on the Hawaiian Islands with their “Made in Hawaii” stamps.

Post World War II the shirt’s delightful, freakish prints were in extensively higher demand from guests who took off by voyage ship to the islands to the tropical objectives they’d seen on Hollywood screens. Now, the Hawaiian Aloha shirt had found refinement worn by Elvis Presley, John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, and a couple of presidents including Harry S. Truman. The shirts graced movie screens including “From Here to Eternity” and secured a place in history as a Hollywood outline slant. In 1960, one of the greatest vestment makers in Hawaii, Kamehameha Garment Company, conveyed 35 tons of Aloha shirts to landscape United States.

Honest to goodness Hawaiian Aloha shirts take after show-stoppers of paradise and the surface is a canvas for the rich photos of the islands however by mid twentieth century, pantomime Hawaiian shirts started jumping up on the domain for huge scale fabricating. Plans twisted up obviously washed out adjustments of the multifaceted firsts. Appreciatively our creates have continued with the primary Aloha that was considered in the begin of the making of the Aloha shirt.

Amid that time inestimable plans gave the Hawaiian Aloha shirts their appeal. A remarkable mishap is that many have been fail to history. One of a kind shirts with one of a kind names are specialist’s things, on occasion worth an enormous number of dollars. Yet neither Chun nor Musashiya truly envisioned the bit of dress, their entrepreneurial endeavors impacted the Hawaiian Aloha to shirt an around the world.

Ellery Chun close King-Smith Clothiers in the 1960s yet lived long resulting to watching the promoting experience of the shirt he helped make celebrated. Musashiya and Surfriders Sportswear is still in business in Honolulu’s Ala Moana Shopping Center. Both made a shape image that gives off an impression of being setting down profound roots. The Hawaiian Aloha shirt is up ’til now unprecedented contrasted with different blessings of a tropical land, basically ensure the one in your storage space has certified Aloha from Aloha Shirt Shop.

I am the Son of a Sailor…I don’t live in a Trailer.. Salt & Asphalt t shirts

Christmas with Salt & Asphalt T Shirts

Well, another holiday is here as today is Christmas. I could think of a lot of fun things that I would rather do today at Salt & Asphalt Life t shirts but we know….I am going to my 87 year old moms. My mom is tough, she raised 4 boys and we are all hellions.

Family and the holidays

I choose the life of a nomad, traveler and business man with Salt & Asphalt T Shirts and Old salts Life t shirts…just couldn’t stay in one place to long. Being a surfboard shaper and builder, a hammock weaver at Freaky Tiki Hammocks and a designer at Salt & Asphalt t shirts  , I could go anywhere there was an ocean and surf and make money. One brother Michael (who I lived in Hawaii with) got married had kids and the I helped him get into the Surfing business. He has done very good, very grounded. One brother , Nicky (the older one) has always sold cars..had a bunch of kids and basically led what we call a normal life and then my youngest brother Doug, still not sure how things are going there. This week he set up a video gambling parlor and is making money. But with gambling comes it own problems.

Here I am

And then here I am. Sitting around now  only with my dog and  my best friend Squirt. I am happy.. No stressful days .no worries, just riding waves, playing on the sailboat and putting in a couple hours a week a the Hot Wax Surf Shop doing what I love. Don’t have a lot, but I got better memories than most on this planet. Son of a Sailor..at least I finally got out of that trailer.

It’s Not Ripplys Believe it or Not.. the first rope hammock

Net hammock

Origins of the first Hammock

   I invented the original rope hammock many years ago. Some credit the Aztecs, some credit the South and central Americans for invented today’s rope hammock..but no it was me. As strange as it seems , you are about to learn about the real and honest origins of the rope hammock.

The First Hammock is Conceived

   Many years ago I had gone to hear a sermon by the sea of Galilee and believe me they were not any fancy rope hammocks around. Anyway back to the history of the rope hammock…I had gone to the sea to hear this carpenter talk about peace love and happiness..come to think about it, he sound a lot like today’s modern hippie,but that is another story altogether. I was started to get a little hungry and that carpenter had been breaking bread and pulling sushi from his basket all day. I was in need of a little rest and relaxation.Now this is where I got the idea for that first blue hammock. Having a full stomach and nowhere to lay down but some sand and a bit of grass I started thinking. On the way in I saw a few roman soldiers putting some crosses in the sand and stringing some poor peasants for stealing food. AND THEN IT HIT ME ,I grabbed a fisherman’s net, strung it up between the 2 crosses and off I was..in that beautiful thing I called fisherman’s net between 2 crosses that I later shortened to a rope hammock. Well by the time I woke everyone had gathered around me wanting to know where they could get a hammocks on sale and I went into business at Salt & Asphalt and have been working ever since.

.Go sailing , design Nautical t shirts or spend time with family.. an OLD SALTS delemma

Modern single fin surfboards

                                  It’s Thanksgiving t shirts can wait

   Every once in awhileyou just got to make those difficult decisions like designing surfing t shirts , skateboarding t shirts or not. Its Thanksgiving and my Mom is in town with Doug, my brother brother and my nephews and my nieces. We are all going to meet at my  other brother’s house in Wilmington for the big Thanksgiving dinner. Now I don’t have to worry about selling surfing t shirts at Salt & Asphalt because its an internet store and it runs itself. I don’t have to worry about Freaky Tiki Hammocks because it is also an internet store, so here is the dilemma.

                                                       The Surf is Smokin

    It doesn’t happen often but today the surf is good 3 sometimes 4 feet and clean, 68 degree  weather(not bad for the end of November)  and water just  hovering around 70 degrees.so we have Dilemma #2. Yes it is great weather with a slight offshore  breeze and glassy conditions. Maybe the last really beautiful day for awhile to go surfing or  take my new Cal 35 out for a bit of sailing on this georgous afternoon.,even though I know it is climbing to 70 next week, but what do. So the real thought begin.. Thanksgiving with family , grab my surfboard or go sailing. Just way to many choices.

                                                        Sometime you got to reason

Then I start to reason, the surf will get good again, the sailing weather will always be around, but friends and family aren’t always going to get together.  So I went to the boat and just opened it up for fresh air, grabbed my surfboard and surfed just an hour and then still made it to the most important thing ..family. Life is Good

Just a little side note Just getting back from New Bern and christmas with the family. As always I ate to much but all in all I feel good..family does that. Well off to the office to work on a few nautical t shirts and sailing t shirts.

OH god!! When I could just be designing surfing t shirts.

Man vs shark

                               Not Working?  Just a different place

Making surfing t shirts is not why I haven’t been on the blog lately and you probably can guess ., no not designing nautical t-shirts , sailing t shirts or surfing t shirts and i long ago quit weaving hammocks. . Well I guess I know I have to get back to print surfing t shirts because I got to work but I bought Cal 35 sailboat. I had to have a bigger boat. Well actually I bought 2 boats since on here last.   I first picked up a 27 O’day sailboat and loved it but you know..I needed to go bigger. And I bought a 33 foot RANGER sailboat. I soon  realized a short while that that beautiful sleek racing sailboat was just a little too narrow for me to live and travel with no shower. It had an ATOMIC 4 blown engine, and I got her cheap.

My new Cal 35

Here is where the excitement begins. I had an Atomic 4 mechanic come buy to look at it.  No problem since he had another engine to drop in. As we were talking about my boat being  too narrow he kept commenting about how much he wished he could find a sleek 33′ like this because his present sailboat was just to wide and bulky.A 1973 CAL 35 Cruiser, maybe I can immortalize  it in a few surfing  t shirts. It didn’t take long for me to  let him know a wished for a wider sailboat.Wham! He said lets trade even..and he had  just put a rebuilt PERKINS 51 HP engine in. He had a new Hot water heater, Charles battery charger, new Lectra San,

Well that was what i did with my summer building FREAKY TIKI II. She has been rewired, new engine, sliding windows,  recovered and a little paint. Its fall , she is ready to sail and I am just itching to head up to Morehead City, Beaufort Oriental, the Outer Banks and New Bern.