Sometimes I like to type a random phrase into the search function of Etsy and see what pops up. Tonight’s search was for “Blue Hawaii” in all vintage items. A wonderful selection of vintage albums, Hawaiian print in all shades of blue, everything Elvis and some unexpected gems filled my screen.
My top Blue Hawaii picks…
Whenever I see a Reyn Spooner aloha shirt, it brings up memories of working in downtown Honolulu as a young auditor for a CPA firm and in more recent years as a financial controller. Reyn Spooner has been outfitting the men of Hawaii since 1956 and was once known as the “Brooks Brothers of the Pacific”. Business men in Hawaii rarely wear suits or ties; their everyday business attire is a pressed and tucked aloha shirt. A Reyn Spooner shirt in its famed Spooner Kloth (a cotton/poly blend, cool & wrinkle resistant) was and continues to be the gold standard of shirts and I can still recall the ex-hubby ironing his Reyns with care at the start of each work week. Since then Reyn Spooner has done collaborations with Urban Outfitters and Stussy and has also created a Modern Collection, but to me, they will always remind me of the professional men standing in line at CGs to buy a plate lunch at the noon hour. The woody print with the surfmobile is a classic Reyn print and is available in a size large from MyTimeCapsule, a purveyor of vintage Hawaiian shirts.
I love the silhouette of this blue Hawaii print dress from the 50s from Planetclairevintage. Show off that hourglass shape with the fitted bodice and wonderful pleated voluminous skirt. I can see Maggie Ryan (played by Christina Ricci) wearing this during a layover in Hawaii on Pan Am.
This pretty ceramic bowl from the 60s was made by Masa Mami for Alfred Levin’s Treasure Craft Maui. I love the retro color combo of aqua and lemon. This vintage collectible can be found at Zuzashop, a treasure trove for the mid century collector.
The Banjo Barons are not a Hawaiian group but rather a group that played all types of music from folk to Hawaiian during the banjo craze of the 1960s. Their Golden Hawaiian Hits was described by blogger Stax o’ Wax as Hawaiian music played Dixieland style. I was drawn to this album in the 33Reasons vintage vinyl shop because of the album cover image. This picture of a beautiful local girl in a pareo gazing out at the Pacific holding up her thick long hair drew me in because of its timelessness. I can picture the same scene in the 70’s, 80’s and today.
All images via merchants’ etsy online shops.