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(Photo courtesy of U.S. Postal Service)


Nothing says “Hawaii” or conjures casual good times like the colorful Aloha shirt, which takes its name from the Hawaiian word often used as a blessing or greeting.

The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the spirit of “Aloha” with five Aloha Shirts 32-cent stamps, each depicting a different shirt.

The stamps, which cover the cost of mailing a postcard, are sale in self-adhesive panes of 20 stamps and a coil of 100.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Postal Service Honolulu District Manager Frank Santos officially dedicated the stamps at the Honolulu Airport Post Office.

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.

Some commentators have traced the “casual Friday” custom observed in America’s mainland offices to Hawaii, where Aloha shirts were first worn to work on Friday.

The shirts, which have a straight lower hem and are worn hanging loosely over the trousers rather than tucked in, are now widely considered acceptable business attire in the 50th state, where the climate can make a suit and tie uncomfortable.

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