Originally Posted by Stu
Please do. They are nice to have on hand in the heat. It is basically wicked hot from May 1 to Thanksgiving. Then for winter it cools down to a low of 68 in the dead of night, and about 76 in the heat of the day. But the rest of the year it is 90s and winter blanket humidity.
Here's a few recommendations (some I've tried, some I haven't):
- http://www.hilohattie.com/. Hilo Hattie is like the department store of aloha shirts. They have many, many shirts in various price ranges, designs, and materials. I've never ordered from them online, but I visited the store while in Hawaii on my honeymoon.
- http://www.avantishirts.com/index.html and http://historypreservation.com/hpass.../sunsurf_2.php. Avanti and Sunsurf make shirts intended to have a "retro" look to them. I've never tried them, but others seem to really like them, both from a stylistic and a construction standpoint. I like some of the designs, and absolutely detest some of the others.
- http://www.reyns.com/main.htm. This is Reyn Spooner's website. They're one of the fairly well known producers of Aloha shirts. They appear to have a deal with MLB to produce various team shirts, as well.
- http://www.alohashirtshop.com/index/html. I've never done business with this store (located in California), but they have many of the more well known Aloha shirt brands, including Reyn Spooner, Kahala, and Tori Richard.
- http://www.newtattheroyal.com. Newt at the Royal is my personal favorite (ignore the kind of dorky looking guy on their homepage). It's a small shop I stumbled on in Oahu on my honeymoon. They do Aloha shirts inspired by styles from the '30's, '40's, and '50's, as well as Montecristi hats. The shirts are pretty reasonably priced ($70). The hats are quite a bit more (and you can't buy them online). The shirts are all cotton, and, IME, are very nicely constructed (the one I bought almost five years ago is still going strong, and I wear it probably twice a month during the summer). They won't be as lightweight as a linen shirt, but I find myself pretty comfortable in these during the summer (I'm in New England, and we do have our 95 degree, 70% humidity days up here). In response to the "what would you do with $20 Million" thread, I'd probably convince my wife to move to Hawaii and see if I could work on this store. I just really dug it.