Top Brands to buy

In no particular order, here are the brands that made a difference for palaka lovers everywhere. Most have since closed, so consider this a museum to some of the brands fallen in the years since the Hawaiian renaissance. Sorry for the lack of photos, please enjoy this collage of older photos.


Hoku
Recent. Started during the 70’s Hawaiian renaissance. Still operating out of outlet stores.

Haleiwa Store
Closed since 2005 after 83 years. Specialized in surf shorts

Arakawa
Opening in 1902, Arakawa’s was the palaka to beat. Closed their operations in 1995 after 93 years.

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Take’s
A small shop in Waikiki in the 1940’s-50’s. closed during the surfing swell in popularity.

RJC
60’s and 70’s brand. Died by the 1980’s

Young Hawaii
70’s and 80’s brand. Many different styles. Some with flower print.

HRH, His royal Hawaiian
Unknown brand. Little information known, perhaps a personal brand

Hawaiian Holidays
Specialized in full short and shirt sets.

Liberty House
Cheap and affordable. Mainland produced. Closed with Liberty House stores in 2000.

King Messier
Unknown brand. Little information known, perhaps a personal brand

Okolehao
Unknown brand. Rumored to have started in 1950.

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Hawaiian Holidays
Specialized in full short and shirt sets.
Liberty House
Cheap and affordable. Mainland produced. Closed with Liberty House in 2000.
King Messier
Unknown brand.
Okolehao
Unknown brand. Rumored to have started in 1950.

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