Happy ALOHA Friday! aka Hawaiian version of TGIF. Is it?
What’s really behind the meaning and significance of the phrase Happy Aloha Friday?
Well, it all started in 1962, the Hawaiian Fashion Guild (professional manufacturing association) began to encourage business men to wear aloha shirts in the workplace. In 1965, Bill Foster, Sr., president of the Hawaii Fashion Guild, campaigned for “Aloha Friday”, a day for employers to allow men to wear aloha shirts on the last business day of the week.
Aloha Friday officially began in 1966. By 1970, aloha wear had gained acceptance in Hawaii as business attire for any day of the week.
What’s interesting is that the Hawaiian Aloha Friday custom slowly spread to the Pacific then to California, continuing around the globe. It became known as Casual Friday, which definitely changed the entire work attire of most businesses.
Today in Hawaii, aloha wear is worn as business attire (men and women) for any day of the week.
Also, Aloha Friday is generally used to refer to the last day of the work week.
The Hawaiian term for “Thank God It’s Friday” is “It’s Aloha Friday, No Work ’til Monday” a song by Kimo Kahoano and Paul Natto played every Friday on Hawaii radio stations across the state.
For those of you that work in the mainland, remember when you wear your Friday jeans (instead of slacks/suits) keep in mind and thank the Hawaiian Fashion Guild.
Lastly, wish everyone a very Happy Aloha Friday!
Lots of Golden L♥VE n Woofs