The must-visit Aloha shirt shop in Honolulu
In late 2019, I was in Hawaii on assignment as a travel editor. I didn’t have much free time on my itinerary but I had heard about this incredible Aloha shirt shop and was determined to squeeze a visit into my schedule – I’m so glad that I did!
Bailey’s Antiques and Aloha Shirts stocks the world’s largest collection of Aloha shirts with more than 15,000 to choose from. The store was founded in 1980 by David and Bari-Ellen Bailey.
Not only is it absolutely packed to the rafters with Aloha shirts, for men, women and children, but there are also vintage Hawaiian dresses, fabrics and bric-a-brac spread across two large rooms.
The store is located at 517 Kapahulu Ave Honolulu, just inland at the Diamond Head end of Waikiki. I walked there from my beachfront hotel at Waikiki and it took about 30 minutes, which I enjoyed as it gave me the chance to view some fabulous mid-century architecture and apartment blocks on the way. You could easily take the short Uber or Taxi ride there too if you prefer to give you even more browsing time, which you will need!
If I’d had more time, and more luggage space, I could have honestly gone nuts here. The store stocks original vintage shirts as well as modern reproductions. The most precious, original pieces are stored well out of reach and hanging high. Some pieces fetch for as much as US$4,000. I spotted an incredible Alfred Shaheen ladies dress selling for approximately $500.