Elvis Presley wearing a Hawaiian shirt in the 1961 film Blue Hawaii, one of many actors to have sported the garment on screen. Chinese-American Ellery J. Chun was the first person in Hawaii to mass-produce the shirts after registering the trade name Aloha shirt. Photo: Alamy

Why Hawaiian shirts – or Aloha shirts – have a strong Chinese link and a colourful past

  • It was Chinese-American Ellery Chun who first stamped his mark on Hawaiian shirts when in 1936 he registered the term ‘Aloha shirt’
  • But there are other people who claim to have invented the garment, including two Japanese shirtmakers and a local Hawaiian
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Elvis Presley wearing a Hawaiian shirt in the 1961 film Blue Hawaii, one of many actors to have sported the garment on screen. Chinese-American Ellery J. Chun was the first person in Hawaii to mass-produce the shirts after registering the trade name Aloha shirt. Photo: Alamy
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