Originally used for the Hawaiian Plantation field workers in the 1900’s, the checkered-patterned thick cloth has become a staple and historic fabric to the Hawaiian culture. Changing the future of fashion, the palaka shirt became one of the first shirts to be worn untucked during high-fashion times.
Hawaii is known for it’s laid-back, island vibe and Aloha shirts for casual Fridays aka Aloha Fridays. The palaka would unknowingly become the official shirt of the Hawaiian kingdom. It’s appeal was beginning to be eclipsed by the aloha shirts appeal to both tourists and locals both due to its fresh style as well as rayon being cooler than the thick draping of cotton from palaka.