Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Don Fracisco De Paula Marin Coffee in Hawaii

In 1813 Don Fracisco De Paula Marin, a Spaniard whom eventually became a confidant of Hawaiian King Kamehameha, recorded in his journal a story called "Manin". In that journal he noted that he had planted coffee on the island of Oahu.

Don Fracisco De Paula Marin had many passions and talents, one being he was a horticulturist, planting seedlings left by Spanish ships, unfortunately the first seedlings did not live. As the time passed by, Fracisco De Paula Marin again began diligently and successfully planting coffee in the islands. Then in 1825 royal governor Boki and a group of select local agricultural people brought plants from Brazil, and also successfully planted coffee in the valley of Manoa.

The coffee plants produced beans without any trouble. As the coffee plants kept growing and propagating, it eventually lead to all of the islands of Hawaii being introduced to coffee. As the coffee groves produced more and more delicately flavored brown beans, they also began to usher in a period for small factories to begin commercially processing coffee.

As this industry was further developing, the government successfully made the improvements that benefited the coffee groves, such as sound agricultural research, farming techniques unique to the geographical area. The coffee industry had great amount of support from everyone, to the point that it was prospering the Island.

Coffee in Hawaii was as popular as Hawaiian shirts from Wave Shoppe and macadamia nuts from Mauna Loa. Of course once coffee became a extremely popular as well as valuable commodity, the government soon decided that they needed to tax the daylight out of it.

One of the best known and rarer coffee plants is the Kona coffee plant. The price of this coffee was so high, that this alone made the Kona farmer's pretty famous through out the world. The Kona's brown coffee bean is now often blended outside of Hawaii.

This amazing coffee is been successfully selling in the markets since 1970. Even today Kona coffee is still the best tasting coffee in the islands.

While we do not offer a coffee themed shirt, we do have a beautiful brown coffee colored Hawaiian shirt in a mens cut (pictured above). Consider picking one up for yourself, the shirts are made in the USA and it will grow on you!


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Distressed Blue Hawaiian Shirts Come to Hawaii

Its hard to believe that it's already May and we're guessing that most of the country should be thawed out by now. With a thaw comes warmth, and everyone is probably starting to engage in more outdoor activities. Since we are in a warm weather area, we get to be outdoors constantly, it's a luau every weekend around here.

Of course not every day is a party, we too have to work, and we work very hard to keep up with our customers demands. Even though I admit that most of the work is coming up with new shirt designs that customers will like. But that not as easy as you think, in Hawaii we have to come up with designs that no one else has made and it has to have uniqueness and a cool factor to it, or people wont buy it. Its not uncommon to have a customer say I like that design, but I already have a shirt similar in design.

Having said that let us introduce us to one of our most recent releases, a Hawaiian shirt that the folks in the cutting shop refer to as the distressed blue Hawaiian shirt. In a nutshell distressed means having simulated marks of age and wear, the trick with this design was to make the shirt look well worn, while still looking brand new.

If you ask me the artist that did this design hit it out of the park. The coloring and balance in the design are perfect, and the distressed effect is quite well done. To take a good look at the distressed effect you will need to visit the company website and use the magnifying feature, which is made available for all products, all you need to do is place your mouse's cursor over any of the product images.

The distressed shirt is highly recommended not just because of the design, but also because it will match up so well with a myriad of pants colors. For most of the Spring and early summer we are going to focused on bringing out new designs for the guys and they can all be found on where else, but in our mens Hawaiian shirt department in the company online store.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Not Just a Hawaiian Shirt Store

While its true that our business originally started out selling Hawaiian shirts, the years have shaped our company and stores, as well as our product lines, which have evolved to cater not just to individuals, but to families, as well as the needs of the corporate world that often require low cost bulk purchases.

While Hawaiian clothing in itself is a narrow market, we have micro niches in our market for products such as our popular line of larger sized mens Hawaiian clothing, also referred to as luau sizes. This month we re-introduced our mens lava lava clothing with 3 new tribal tattoo designs that do not have any flowers or animals.

Pictured is a grey colored mens lava lava in 100% cotton for maximum comfort. We also offer the traditional design in a blue and a green colorway.

Hot summers are just around the corner and while we have good stock now, we don't expect our hanging inventory of lava lava to last that long.

So that's it for now, our next few post will probably be to herald in some more new mens designs that are coming out of sewing. Some are mild and some are wild, but be rest assured that the new shirts are going to be the same high quality Hawaiian clothing you have come to expect from Wave Shoppe. Mahalo

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Plumeria Hawaiian Lei Flower Plant Shirts

We thought this would be a good time to introduce some new womens Hawaiian shirts in spring designs that are bold and colorful.

Shown first is a beautiful womens blue Hawaiian shirt with yellow plumeria flowers on 100% cotton fabric,

The colors meld well and the airbrushed effect added to the fabric brings in an additional layer of sophistication.

The next womens Hawaiian shirt we made was in the same design, but in a different color.

We chose to make this particular womens Hawaiian shirt in turquoise because of the prized sky blue coloring.

We chose plumeria flowers for this project because plumeria trees are simply beautiful and that the flowers can be transformed into fresh flower leis.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Bass Boats are Flip Flop Unfriendly

You would think that wearing flip flops on a bass boat would be appropriate footwear. Let me tell you that wearing cheaply made foam sole flip flops while fishing is not recommended.

I used to buy the cheapest footwear available, thinking the low cost outweighed the risks. I estimate that I have came close to falling out of the boat more times than I care to say. the low cost was worth the risk. With cheap flip flops, all you have to do is catch the toe/front of the sole on something and its a potential trip to the hospital.

I keep actual water shoes in the boat, but I don't like how confining they are, especially when I am on the trolling motor. I also don't like how water shoes stay damp and hold things like small pieces of gravel in the inside of the shoe.

My solution (recommendation) is to spend a little more money on better quality footwear. I eventually settled upon brown tribal print flip flops from Wave Shoppe.

What's nice about these flip flops are that they are still priced under $20 and have a foam insole and a hard rubber outer sole.

When you do catch your toe on something, they don't roll under like foam flip flops. The firm sole also makes much easier to hold your foot on the trolling motor run switch.

I also like that the toe straps appear to be better attached than the cheap stuff that you would find at places like Walmart etc.

Mahalo and tight lines!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Hawaiian Shirts Wholesale

With spring not all that far off, a lot of companies are already making inquiries about purchasing wholesale Hawaiian shirts for their groups. Wave Shoppe offers a large assortment of Aloha shirts in a variety of colorways and prints.

Some of the most popular designs we offer at wholesale are aloha shirts with designs that allow for embroidery of the buyers logo, or company name. We primarily wholesale mens aloha shirts, but we do make womens on special order, it adds about 1 week to production time.

Of course not everyone buys in bulk. You can buy individual Hawaiian shirts and clothing, at affordable prices, on the company website

Friday, February 5, 2016

Hawaiian Shirt Friday at the Yuma Indoor Market Place

Hawaiian Shirt Friday at the Yuma Indoor Market Place occurs the last Friday of every month. Below are pictures of some of the many vendors participating in Hawaiian Shirt Friday. Many of the venders are wearing clothing made by Wave Shoppe Hawaiian Shirts as well as colorful garments from their own closets.

The marketplace is a cool place to shop because people can graze multiple isles of merchandise that may or may not be readily available in Yuma.

Of course there is lots of southwestern themed products as well as food, a book trader, and of course Hawaiian clothing.

You will also find therapeutic essential oils from Dotera, as well as Mama Bella hot sauce and much more.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Once Secret Red Hill Fuel Depot Oahu

When you hear people talking about places on the island of Oahu, you pretty much expect to hear mentions of Waikiki Beach, the Honolulu Zoo, Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, etc. And of course there is the almost endless local murmuring about Hawaiian shirts and clothing being in vogue for what seems like a millennium.  

But there is much more to Hawaii. If you never leave Waikiki strip you may never learn or experience the really awesome things about Hawaii. Hawaiian shirts are always awesome!

Do you know there are some places in Hawaii and topics that are not part of the tourist packages and rarely spoken of for one reason or another? 

One case in point is Red Hill Fuel Depot. Red Hill basically consists of 20 enormous underground fuel tanks that are buried up to 450 feet deep, located in a ridge in Honolulu.

The primary purpose for the massive fuel storage system in what is now one of Hawaii's engineering marveled, was to store and provide fuel to the military ships in Pearl Harbor. 

Since declassification in the 1990s there has been small amounts of information released about the fuel tanks, though I am sure it’s not everything. 

After all, the government is involved. Of course there are the burning questions, do the tanks leak and are they still in use. The answer to both is yes.