The Legacy of Alfred Shaheen

Aloha Wear Innovator

Aloha Wear Innovator, Manolo Morales, KHON 2 News, Nov. 9, 2012.


The Aloha Shirt

The modern Aloha shirt was devised in the early 1930s by Chinese merchant Ellery Chun of King-Smith Clothiers and Dry Goods, a store in Waikiki. Chun began sewing brightly colored shirts for tourists out of old kimono fabrics he had leftover in stock. The Honolulu Advertiser newspaper was quick to coin the term Aloha shirt to describe Chun’s fashionable creation.