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KAHALA: A HAWAIIAN STORY
1930’s Hawai‘i. A place of intrigue and romance, enchanting visitors from around the world. Beach boys paddled outrigger canoes into the Waikiki surf, giving their mainland guests a ride they’d never forget. During this time Kahala was born—Hawaii’s original aloha shirt. Founders Nat Norfleet, Sr. and George Brangier teamed up to offer tropical prints on comfortable styles to locals and visitors alike. Their passion for Hawai‘i and the Waikiki beach boy lifestyle permeated their designs.
By 1939, the Kahala label was being sold in finer department stores in Honolulu and on the mainland. Kahala became renowned for subtle, tasteful cotton prints. Now, 80 years later, Kahala enjoys a following of loyal customers who recognize the company’s devotion to excellence in textile artwork and clothing styles with a personality that is distinctly Kahala. It represents a lifestyle that people identify with, whether they are Kama‘aina or visitors wanting to take a piece of Hawai‘i back home with them.
Our ohana, or family, includes retailers, textile designers, artists and aficionados, all of whom feel a connection to the Hawaii way of life. The lively, naturally inspired prints that distinguish Kahala shirts from others continue to grace most of our fabrications, including a new refined rayon/cotton/linen, the traditional cotton broadcloth, and a more progressive, garment-washed cotton. A full line of bottoms, including casual board shorts, rounds out the collection; the store also features a well-sourced selection of sunglasses and sunscreen handpicked by our ohana.
Come join us. Rediscover Kahala, the original aloha shirt since 1936.