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Traditional Hawaiian Clothing: A Relaxed Elegance December 27, 2016

Makiki - Lower Punchbowl - Tantalus, Honolulu
Traditional Hawaiian Clothing: A Relaxed Elegance, Honolulu, Hawaii

Hawaii is known for many things—its pristine beaches, idyllic climate, and culture chief among them. Hawaii also has its own unique style of dress, which is very much casual. The more comfortable, the better.

No one knows that better than Bete in Honolulu. As one of the island’s top suppliers of classic Hawaiian wear, their inventory of traditional Hawaiian clothing personifies the island’s rich culture and traditions. Check out a few of their beautiful-yet-comfortable styles below.


Bete specializes in dressing the ladies of the Hawaiian Islands in traditional mu’umu’us, which are loose dresses that hang from the shoulders. They’re usually brilliantly colored with floral designs, but many Hawaiians also wear them in subdued tones. Bete has more than 30 styles for ages 2 and older, and the dresses are suitable for either casual or formal settings.


traditional hawaiian clothingOf course, traditional Hawaiian clothing for men are aloha shirts with shorts or light slacks, which are considered either casual or formal in Hawaii. Bete has a separate line of aloha shirts for men that are traditional button-down styles. These are suitable for weddings, too!


Once you have your mu’umu’us or aloha shirts ready, you can slip into a pair of sandals or flip-flops, which are the most popular choices for footwear in Hawaii. Just remember to remove and leave your shoes at the front door before entering a home as a sign of respect for Hawaiian tradition.

Whether you’re a tourist or a local, you can browse Bete’s selection of traditional Hawaiian clothing at Na Mea Hawaii in Honolulu, or you can place orders online to have your mu’umu’us or aloha shirts shipped directly to you. Simply call (808) 591-9449, or visit their website for more information.

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