If you’re competing in or visiting a hula or Polynesian competition, picking the right Hawaiian wear can be key to fitting in and having a great time. Fortunately, the Hawaiian wear experts at Bete Inc. in Honolulu, HI, know everything there is to know about putting together the perfect outfit for any event.
Picking The Right Hawaiian Wear
Historical Hawaiian Clothing
Originally, Hawaiians didn’t wear much by way of clothing. Instead, they preferred to cover themselves in tattoos and minimal capes. They would often make these garments from feathers, bark cloths, grasses, and other plants. If you’re looking to dress historically, these are the types of materials you’ll want to use to ensure your clothing is accurate. They would also often use helmets with distinctive markings to designate their jobs or skills. It could be fun to make up your ranking and tell a little story about what job you'd perform in old Hawaii through your clothes.
The muumuu, a long-sleeved, flowing dress, is an example of imported fashion that eventually became traditional. But, when it comes to competitions and festivals, many women will wear pa’u hula shirts, which are made from plant fibers. These skirts have a rich history on the islands and are an essential part of any authentic outfit.
The Hawaiian shirt is a classic, but it also serves as a more modern option of clothing for men. Traditionally these shirts were made from Japanese silk in floral patterns and sold to tourists. But, over time, they have become a staple in Hawaiian wear. Whether they are made from silk, cotton, or polyester, this fashion staple is a great choice for the warm climate. For competitions or festivals, many men will wear a Hawaiian shirt over a malo, which is a traditional Hawaiian loin cloth made from plant fibers.
Interested in learning more about Hawaiian wear? Give Bete Inc. a call at (808) 591-9449 and they’ll be happy to help. Or, visit their website to see a sample of their full range of traditional Hawaiian clothing.