Got Aloha….


Here in Hawai’i, we wear aloha shirts. They’re not only for casual wear, but for business attire as well. And we have our own spin on the “Casual Fridays” theme. We call it Aloha Friday. Because I work at the Kamehameha Schools, it’s also an important part of our workplace culture.

I like to wear Sig Zane shirts. Really cool! They’re based out of Hilo on the Big Island. Fortunately, I bought my collection about 10 years ago when I first started at KS. At the time, they were still under the radar and inexpensive. Now, the Sig Zane brand has blown up.

Got aloha? Glad I got mine….

I Still Can’t Believe It….

I saw the most bizarre aloha shirt yesterday. Our middle school held its annual May Day Program this past Monday afternoon. Right after lunch, a student approached me in the hallway. He asked me if I thought his aloha shirt was all right. He pulled up his sweat jacket to reveal the most unbelievable aloha shirt ever. My jaw dropped, and my eyes nearly popped out! The pattern on his aloha shirt was of a drawing of a flower. Only thing, the flower was in the shape of a phallic symbol. There were hundreds of them! All over…. He was feeling self-concious. This was something you would only see on

I maintained my composure (and my p-p-p-poker face.) I asked, “Wh-what’s that?”
He answered, “It’s the puakenikeni flower.”
“Oh,” I said. “Looks good….”
Reassured, he ran down the stairs.

Where does one get a shirt like that? Apparently, you can find it at the Hasegawa General Store in Hana, Maui. (Unfortunately, photo unavailable.)

Our boarder students never cease to amaze me….