Vintage Exhibit

“Every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector’s passion borders on the chaos of memories.”

We invite you to explore the history, artistry, and production of Hawai‘i’s enduring fashion statement, the Aloha Shirt. This exhibition of over sixty objects, including original textile artwork, production sketches and swatches, advertisements, and vintage shirts tells the story of an industry that has left an indelible mark on fashion in the United States and the world.

The exhibition includes selections from private collections of Gwen and Evan Olins of Flamingos and Hula Heaven, and Sylvia Kop of Hula Supply Center, provides visitors the opportunity to view Aloha shirts from a designer’s perspective, as well as excellent vintage examples of the finished product.

A special award will be presented to Kona residents, Gwen and Evan Olins for their life-long commitment to the collection and cataloging of Aloha wear and Hawaiiana.

The exhibit opening and presentation will be followed by a Vintage Aloha Wear Runway show. 

Embracing local culture is what travel is all about. This exhibition reflects one of the most cherished traditions in Hawai‘i, and the public is invited to celebrate the event by “getting in to it”. Put on your favorite Aloha Shirt or Mu’umu’u and hele mai..come join us..