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Go Barefoot Hawaiian Shirts Now Available At Hawaiian Shirt Dude

We Are Happy To Announce That Go Barefoot Hawaiian Shirts by Mr. Hawaii inc. Are Now Available at HawaiianShirtDude.com It is not often that a corporate history can be told as a love story, but the roots of “Go Barefoot” manufacturing are founded on true love and affection. In 1946, World War II had come to a close, and Isamu Takabuki of Hawaii formed Iolani Sportswear and began manufacturing Hawaiian “Aloha” garments. He also purchased the Aloha Boeki screenprinting company in Kyoto, Japan to print his fabric with designs by Hawaiian artists. His daughter Alice, fell in love with Clarence Hara, and our love story begins. In 1954, the lovers eloped to Southern California, and in the process deeply hurt Isamu. Three years later, Craig…

Magnum PI Shirts Have Arrived!

Let us rejoice for the long wait is over. The Magnum PI Shirts Are Upon Us! Brother’s and Sisters I say to you tonight, The time is now! Let us rejoice, for the Magnum PI ‘Jungle Bird’ shirts have finally been bestowed upon us once more, and even better…. they’re on SALE! Available in both red & black the ‘Jungle Bird’ shirt (in case you didn’t already know) is the ultimate iconic Hawaiian shirt. A 1980’s vintage throwback that some some claim to be the Holy Grail of Aloha Garments. For eight long seasons Magnum wore this shirt putting up with Higgins and those stupid dogs, Zeus & Apollo. Fighting crime in the seedy underbelly of 1980’s Honolulu, Hawaii. Our hero Thomas Magnum showed us…

Mick Jagger in The Land Of Aloha

Swagger Like Jagger In 1973 Mick Jagger sported this awesome ‘Land Of Aloha’ vintage 1950’s Hawaiian print shirt on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Issue 129 – March 1st. A product of a photo shoot while sailing off the coast of Waikiki Beach, Ohau, Hawaii. Mick and the rest of The Stones came to Hawaii to kick of their ’73 “Pacific Tour” A tour that was planned to take them to Japan for the 1st time. as well as Australia & New Zealand. A tour that Mick also describes as the shortest American tour ever! Well, I guess a single night in Los Angeles and two night in Honolulu is a pretty short American tour. So, up until now if you wanted to sport…

My First Trip To Tiki Oasis – (Part Two) Saturday & Sunday

Tiki Oasis 2015 “Tomorrow’s Future Today” (Part Two)  Saturday & Sunday Before I knew it Friday night had become Saturday morning and the morning became day once more and that day was pretty much packed full of the same old shenanigans. I was pretty happy to run into all my favorite artists and have some chatting time with them. Shag, Doug Horne, Tiki Diablo, Big Toe & Tiki Tony to name a few. The creativity and talent in this community is overflowing. There were a few new attractions today as well, there was now a classic car show now in the parking lot and I couldn’t help but notice about 3X as many people at the hotel  then the previous day. It was crazy! Obviously Saturday…

My First Trip To Tiki Oasis – (Part One) Thursday & Friday

Tiki Oasis 2015 “Tomorrow’s Future Today” (Part One) Thursday & Friday I’ve been hearing about it for years but I was never able to attend until now. It was the future, it was the past. It was a mix-mash of everything that has come before with what we hope tomorrow will bring us. And there were Hawaiian shirts for as far as the eye could see.  It was the most beautiful thing I ever saw. An ocean of beautiful people in beautiful loud prints. I was finally among my people and all was good.                               I flew in from Hawaii nearly 24 hours before the 1st event was scheduled. All I…

Tiki Oasis or Bust!

I’m leaving on a jet plane and I don’t know when I’ll be back again. (well, actually I’ll be back next Monday) Some can’t wait to get back to Burning Man, for others it’s Disney World or maybe a week in the Hampton’s is more their cup of tea. For me I want my cup filled with rum and it’s not a cup, it’s a tiki mug. My destination of choice this time of year is San Diego. No, it’s not Comic-Con it’s Tiki Oasis 2015! For those of you who don’t know Tiki Oasis is a series of events over 4 nights and 3 days held at the Crown Plaza Hotel. Fans and collectors of vintage “Tikiana”, “Polynesian Pop”, loud Hawaiian shirts and just plain Tiki…

Hawaiian Shirts 101: What You Need To Know

Hawaiian Shirts 101: What You Need To Know There are a few things you should know when your looking for a Hawaiian shirt. (also known as Aloha shirts) I’m gonna break it all down for you right now. Matching pockets, plackets & engineered shirts Most Hawaiian shirts will have a matching pocket. This means that the pocket pattern lines up with the fabric underneath. Same goes for any button panels. The pattern should be visually unbroken. When the shirt has a pattern that is unbroken across the entire front of the shirt it is referred to as engineered. A engineered shirt will usually cost you a few bucks more and only the higher end manufacturers produce shirts this way. There are two main reasons, #1…

Magnum PI Hawaiian Shirt Collection

Magnum PI – The Ladies Love Him, The Men Wanna Be Him. The mans name is Thomas Magnum. Private investigator, tough as nails but an all around nice guy and one heck of a ladies man. From December 11th 1980 to May 1st 1988 he was the reason we stayed home once a week and tuned into his Hawaiian adventures. He was Americas answer to James Bond. All the ladies wanted him and all the men wanted to be him. Like Bond, Magnum also drove himself around in style. His style was a awesome red Ferrari. But unlike Bond and his tuxedos, Magnum chose  a more laid back look. After all he’d look pretty silly fighting crime in Hawaii wearing a tuxedo. They say the…

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