From what I can tell, no one makes Palaka shirts anymore, with the exception of the private labels ones made for the Punahou School store. And a Palaka shirt with a Punahou emblem is a little too surreal for my tastes.
For those who may not know, Palaka shirts are the red or blue checkered shirts that were worn originally by paniola. Find a picture of Eddie Kamae and the Sons of Hawaii and I’ll bet they’re wearing palaka shirts.
I’ve asked my two brothers who still live on Oahu to keep an eye out for them, but neither of them report finding any. I’ve seen them on eBay but I have a hard time buying clothes online since I hate returning things. I heard that when Arakawa’s in Waipahu shut down years ago, a Japanese gentleman purchased his entire back stock – which I probably why the only place I’ve seen them for sale online is on a Japanese web site.
So I’m putting the word out there – is there an obscure website or store that carries Palaka shirts that I may be missing?