Where did Hawaiian shirts come from and why are they so cool?
Short answer: Hawaii. I know. Crazy, right??
Long answer: Palaka refers to the cloth design worn by Hawaiian dock and plantation workers. Over time it became a symbol for oppressed workers during the 20th century.
Palaka was seen as a symbol of protection because of the way it guarded workers against the sun, wind, and dust during their days working the docks and plantations. Over time, it made its way into mainstream fashion. Today, palaka inspired shirts protect both Hawaiian locals and tourists from the sun.
This 100% polyester, butterfly collar, mustard yellow Hawaiian shirt is nothing short of awesome. Size XL. In excellent vintage condition.