Nothing says “Hawai’i” like the classic Aloha shirt, which takes it name from the Hawaiian word often used as a blessing or greeting.
On January 19, 2012, the United States Postal Service issued Aloha Shirts, postage stamps that feature the art of five different Hawaiian-style shirts. Each of the stamps is valued at 32 cents. They were designed by (the late) art director Carl Herrman and are based on photos by Honolulu photographer Ric Noyle. Four of the five shirts were fashioned after manufacturer Alfred Shaheen‘s designs, and the red one, which is also available as a fine art print, was originally manufactured by Malihini.
Aloha shirts are made from boldly patterned fabric showing decorative images of Hawaiian life. Two of the five classic shirts depicted in the stamp art showcase surfers and their boards; one shows fossil fish, shells, and sea stars; another shows a tropical flower known as the bird of paradise; and one shows Kilauea, a volcano on the Big Island of Hawai’i.