“The Palaka was more Aloha than the Aloha shirt.” -Goro Arakawa, Proprietor of Arawaka’s General Store, Waipahu

"The 1932 Trade, Commercial, and Industrial Development Committee of the Honolulu Chamber of Commerce reported that '[f]or years the laborer has worn a palaka to work, it has been part of the cowboy's picturesque costume, and stevedores have worn them on the docks. In recent years the smart set of Hawaii have annexed the palaka . . . to their wardrobes. Boys and girls wear them to school, to play, to football games, to parties; the younger set wear them to house parties, to cocktail parties, and beach parties.'"