07/09/2014 02:12 pm ET Updated Jul 09, 2014

The History Of Hawaiian Aloha Shirts

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This post marks the beginning of an ongoing series of posts about fashion history. We’ll cover classic pieces, trends, or, as in the case of today’s topic, a classic that is currently on trend.

Hawaiian shirts, known in Hawai’i as “aloha shirts,” began as a product of the interactions among Hawai’i’s many ethnic populations, and the shirts have reflected changes in Hawai’i’s native and colonial populations since early in the twentieth century. Hawai’i is the only U.S. state without a white ethnic majority–in fact, the state has no ethnic majority at all.

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