HAWAIIAN SHIRT ONLINE EXHIBIT
The University of Hawai'i at Manoa's Apparel Product Design
and Merchandising Program's Historic Costume Collection has
initiated an online exhibit to digitize its aloha shirt collection.
Due to the limited exhibit space available on campus, curator
Carol D`Angelo is making the aloha shirt collection publicly
The UH Manoa aloha shirt collection is one of only two such
collections in the western U.S., and the only one in the Pacific,
according to Dr. Michael Thomas, Digital Collections Manager
of the University of Hawai‘i Virtual Museum.
The project was initiated in fall 2009 by Jennifer Halaszyn,
a student in the Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program.
A collaborative internship project, it involved several faculty,
staff and volunteers including Carol D’Angelo, Curator of the
Historic Costume Collection; Dr. Karen Kosasa, Chair of the
UH Museum Consortium; David Beales, University Photographer;
and Melissa Rand, Graduate Assistant in Museum Studies.
The project has digitally photographed more than 50 Aloha shirts.
The online exhibit is publicly available through the UH Virtual
Museum at: www.museum.hawaii.edu.
Popularized by local garment makers and celebrities, the aloha
shirt spread in use in the United States and abroad.
The shirts in this collection were influenced by fabrics and
fashion design elements from Native Hawaiian culture as well
as Hawai‘i’s many immigrant cultures.
The aloha shirt is important in the history of Hawaiian fashion,
particularly for its influence on casual business attire, now
a generally accepted custom in Hawai‘i and elsewhere.
UH Manoa's Historic Costume Collection is one of the largest
collections of garments, textiles, and related artifacts in
an American university.
For more information, call Michael Thomas at 956-4168 or email