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. says

    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. says

    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. Reilly says

    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. 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

  5. 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…

  6. says

    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!

  7. says

    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

  8. says

    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.

  9. says

    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!

  10. 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

  11. Sarge says

    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

  12. Linda schrader says

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

  13. says

    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.


  14. says

    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!

  15. Roo says

    How interesting! Thank goodness the Hawaiians started that tradition. Mom swears she’ll never wear a monkey suit again 😉 Thanks for the fun insight! 😀

    Waggin at ya,

  16. Roo says

    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,