We wish it was ready now too! We're doing everything we can to get it back asap. This shirt is very popular and sold out faster than we anticipated. We are also dealing with the supply chain delays that are all over the news these days. Unfortunately, that is beyond our control. Some things just run on Aloha time.
The good news is that we've got the fabric to make these shirts in El Paso. So we recommend preordering now to reserve yours for the run of shirts we're making, as these will likely sell out quickly again. Thank you very much for your patience and interest in our shirts.
Our Alenuihaha men's short sleeve aloha shirt is inspired by the woodblock prints of Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849).
Alenuihaha tells the story of the Big Island outrigger canoe paddlers brave or foolhardy enough to attempt the Alenuihaha Channel, one of the most dangerous stretches of water on earth.
Fabric & Construction
Cut and sewn in El Paso, Texas.
Original print, artisanal printing technique; colors may vary.
Our custom Cowboy Cloth is lightweight, breathable, and quick drying. Super soft, yet so tough it scares wrinkles away. 60% cotton / 40% poly.
Reverse print traps happiness inside.
Short-sleeve | Tailored fit | Pearl snaps | Shoulder yokes
Performance from sea to snow and beach to bar
What is "Western Fit"?
Not too boxy and not too fitted. Designed to be worn untucked. If you're between sizes we recommend sizing up.
Find your perfect fit:
The chest measurement is taken 1" below the armhole. Measure under your arm at the broadest part of your chest for a full chest measurement.
Measure the circumference of your neck with at least two fingers of room. Round up to the nearest half-inch.
Measure from the base of the neck at the center point, where your collar meets the yoke, over the shoulder and down to the wrist.
It is 30 miles wide, more than 6,000 feet deep, and has an infamous reputation of being one of the world’s most dangerous channels. Ask any mariner, fisherman, paddler or waterman about this stretch of sea separating Hawai‘i Island and Maui and they’ll tell you its name is well-deserved. ʻAlenuihāhā, or “great billows smashing,” has strong winds and high seas, making any crossing a formidable feat.
Why cross the wildest, windiest water in Hawai’i? To find our way.
In that search, Western Aloha created the ʻAlenuihāhā print to tell the story of outrigger canoe paddlers brave enough to attempt this channel. The depicted waves are inspired by the well-known woodblock print, “The Great Wave,” created in 1830 by Japanese ukiyo-e artist Hokusai at the age of 70. In Hokusai’s image, an enormous wave, largely printed in blue tones, threatens three boats off the coast in Sagami Bay with Mount Fuji in the background. For Western Aloha’s take on surfing and racing on a large open ocean channel wave, the Hawaiian racing canoe was substituted for the traditional Japanese wooden fishing boat from the original woodblock masterpiece. It’s a homage to all those who dare and pursue. People like the Kawaihae Canoe Club paddlers who left from the ancient Honoipu landing on the Big Island and arrived at Nu‘u landing on Maui, completing the first ʻAlenuihāhā channel crossing of a women’s crew in 2004.
As paddlers, Western Aloha Founder Paul Sullivan and Art Director Dale Hope know what it takes to cross channels.
True expert paddlers, who race in those conditions, look at these extreme channels as more the challenge of paddling, steering, working together and doing what you have practiced for hours and hours. It’s often for many years to challenge oneself, your crew, and the extreme conditions,” Dale said. “We do it to race with expertise and confidence, to cross the treacherous waters with focus, confidence and determination successfully. Each talking to the spirit of the channel to allow you a safe passage. The whole time, we are paddling strong, physically and mentally together. All six have to be positive and alert and together with no hesitation or fear.
It was with this appreciation for the channels between our islands and the perseverance of the paddlers that led Western Aloha to create its ʻAlenuihāhā print.
The race from the island of Moloka‘i to O‘ahu spanning 41 miles is a race that almost every serious canoe paddler aspires to participate in and win during their paddling years,” Dale said. “This is what Paul thought of when he created this design, which combines the historic woodblock with the prestigious annual Moloka‘i channel canoe race that began in 1952. It’s a tribute to the race and the famous woodblock art.
Wear our ʻAlenuihāhā print wherever you make your crossing. Shop these looks!