Happy Aloha Friday and How It Changed Fridays

It’s Friday!
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 LVE n Woofs



  1. Well I did not know that Sugar. I am so glad you are so smart and you look mighty beautiful in that red Aloha shirt!


  2. We are so glad you moved there Sugar! We have learned so much about Hawaii from you!! You sure look great in that Red Aloha Shirt!! Enjoy your Friday!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

  3. Well who knew??? Now we do! We could not imagine Hawaii without bright flower shirts ( pssssttt dad had a couple in his wardrobe even now!) happy aloha friday

  4. That is really neat. Love your shirt!

  5. That’s really interesting, Sugar. I had no idea! Thanks for the history lesson. You look great in that shirt. :-) Aloha!

  6. Frankie Furter and Ernie says:

    THAT is amazing. We had NO IDEA that it all started in Hawaii.
    YOU look WONDERFUL in that Hawaiian Shirt.

    Aloha Sugar

  7. Your shirt is gorgeous!!! Have a wonderful Aloha-friday… till Monday ;o)

  8. Helloooo Miss Sugar ♥

    Wow! This is some pawsome information Meee was not aware of…
    You look so Beautiful in your Aloha shirt :-)

    Neeko ♥

  9. Your post is very educational today Sugar. I love how you look in your Aloha shirt.


  10. MadSnapper says:

    thank God i am no longer working on aloaha Friday… a plus of retirement. but when i was working, on casual Friday i had a blue and a black shirt just like yours, Sugar that i wore with my jeans…

  11. Momma doesn’t get to wear Friday jeans, and definitely NO aloha shirts. I don’t think that’s fair at ALL. But you look super amazing in your shirt. I love it!

  12. Happy Friday!

  13. I didn’t know this. How cool. I love causal any day of the week.

    Have a woof woof day Sugar. My best to your wonderful mom. :)

  14. Wow, that’s cool stuff to know. You look great in your shirt too.

  15. Tucker and Daisy says:

    You look so pretty in your Aloha shirt, Miss Sugar


  16. Two French Bulldogs says:

    You are a very good rep for Aloha Friday
    Benny & Lily

  17. We think you are very wise about our so-far-away state!

    Keep Calm & Bark On,

    Murphy & Stanley

  18. How fun…when I wear jeans I get to say Thank You! to Hawaii…I like that…And you look snappy in your Aloha shirt today *snoogles*

  19. That’s very interesting Sugar! Our mommy wears casual every day so maybe she is thinking Aloha days always!

  20. Love the shirt Sugar.

  21. Happy Aloha Friday to you my sweet golden Friend.

    OMCs we had no idea ‘casual Friday started in Hawaii! If my dad was typing this he would say a big thank you.
    the last 3 years before he retired his work place started observing Causal Friday too. Their code was anything tip of shirt was allowed as long as it had a collar. And that was a big deal ’cause up until that time men had to wear dark suits, long sleeve white shirts and dull neck ties.
    Dad loved wearing vibrantly colored golf shirts.
    Hugs madi your BFFF

  22. Happy Aloha Friday to you. We must go find our Aloha shirts!

    Wyatt and Stanzie

  23. Love the shirt Sugar, you look fabulous! Happy Aloha Friday!

  24. A happy Aloha Friday to you sweet Sugar. I have an Aloha shirt, I do. I think when MOM gets home I am going to have her get it out so I can wear it.

  25. Very cool!

  26. You learn something new everyday! Never knew that was where casual Friday came from!
    I work in construction so everyday is a casual day but at the last big job I was on it was Hawaiian shirt Friday. I kid you not! Every Friday my partner and I, and about a quarter of the workforce wore Hawaiian shirts. And to think, we thought we were starting a new trend!

  27. Love your shirt Sugar. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

  28. George the lad says:

    Well I have learnt something new thanks Sugar I sure will remember that.
    Mom has dress down days sometimes at work and its always a Friday.
    Happy New Year
    Have a Good Week
    See Yea George xxx

  29. Well, gee…who knew all that?! That’s for a great “history” lesson, Sugar. Happy Aloha Friday! Have a great weekend!

  30. Hey Sugar!
    Wow, what a fun bunch of info about Friday wear! You look gorgeous in your Aloha shirt. My Mom went to work this morning in jeans, so she just needs an aloha shirt now to complete the casual look! Enjoy your weekend.
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, COP

  31. Love your shirt, red is my best color mom says so I really like it a lot!

  32. Linda schrader says:

    Love the aloha shirt. You look very styling!!! I have two goldens that would love to be with your Hawaiian spirt.

  33. Miss Sugar, you are the fashion guru for us all. You always look so good and since you moved to Hawaii, your attire has taken on a whole new look, just as beautiful.


  34. You are lookin’ good Sugar! LOVE,LOVE,LOVE the Hawiian shirt! It looks great on you!


  35. very cool history on Aloha Friday. I pretty much get to dress casual every day

  36. Hey Sugar, Jet here.

    I’m turning this over to Little Miss Fashionista:

    Hi Sugar, it’s JJ. First of all, you look lovely in your Aloha Friday attire. Mom and I really enjoyed learning about the history and how Hawaii began the Casual Friday concept. (for which Mom is ETERNALLY grateful!) Thank you and your Mom for teaching us so many wonderful things. :) Golden hugs from me to you!

  37. Aloha Sugar! Love your shirt:-)

  38. Aww sugs, I have never seen someone wear a hawiian shirt as good as you!

  39. How interesting! Thank goodness the Hawaiians started that tradition. Mom swears she’ll never wear a monkey suit again ;) Thanks for the fun insight! :D

    Waggin at ya,

  40. Me again BOL

    I forgot…

    Speaking of work…

    Molly the Wally and I have been bantering around the idea of a Pet Blogger Marketplace website. A site that highlights Pet Blogger products and services available for sale. The thought is there are a number of Pet Bloggers that have shops (some known like yours and some not at all) and as many of us like to support our fellow bloggers, it would be nice to have a place where we could go and see what’s available when shopping for something. Anyway, the reason I mention this is that I am hoping to be able to at least get a poll going on the interest level soon and include Roo’s new collar made by you plug as the segway. Hence, why we didn’t mention it in the most recent post ;)

    However, will mention you and the collar sometime this week regardless :) Mom and I sure do luv it! Actually I wasn’t suppose to be wearing it on our walkie because Mom didn’t want me to get it soiled. Butt, she forgot to switch it out before we left and I did get it soiled. Mom wanted me to ask you what’s the best way to clean it without harming it?

    Waggin at ya,

  41. Aloha Friday sounds great to me! Especially if I can wear a cute shirt like yours, Sugar :)

  42. That is so neat, I had no idea. I live for Friday, and casual Friday. I now know who to thank!!