Some days you just have to look up into the sky and smile. Some of these beautiful January days with blue skies and warm temperatures, you just have to enjoy the feeling of doing your part to make the world a better place.
I cleaned out a bunch of sportscards, clothing and other detritus out of my closets and made a trip to one of the local Savers stores. I figure I donated $400 worth of stuff, and I have the tax receipt to prove it. Savers gives you a 20% off coupon when you donate, so I went into the store to check it out.
I almost found a Harris Tweed sport coat, but the size was just a little too small. It wasn’t vintage enough anyway… So I cruised the hats and found a dirty (but cleanable -in fact it’s drying as I type this) San Francisco Giants fitted ball cap (New Era Authentic 59Fifty Authentic Collection) in my size for $3.99 (-20%…). Not bad. But the best was yet to come…
Looking through the shortsleeve shirts, one shirt jumped out at me for its obvious 60s pattern. So I pulled it off the rack. Hmm, I haven’t heard of shirts from the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, but it’s kind of cool. Looking closer, other details jump out.
First off, the fabric is obviously 60s era rayon. It’s thick, and just different from what you find these days. Secondly, the button holes are horizontal, which is a tell of an older style of Hawaiian designs. Thirdly, the buttons are metal made to look like lava! Holy carp, I’ve never seen that before!
From the bit of research that I’ve done, the hotel opened in 1965. The style of the shirt suggests a date between 1965 and the early 70s. It very well may be an original from when the hotel opened. The buttons are certainly unique, and this is clearly a collector’s piece.
This shirt is in absolute mint condition (worn? I think not!), and fits me well. I’ll have a hard time parting with it if I choose to sell. I might have to throw it up on Ebay for $100+ just to see what happens.
If you know anything about the history of these shirts or the material (the shirt has no content tag). I’m super-stoked to find a piece of vintage Hawaiiana!