Is It Aloha Friday, yet?
Aloha Friday! If you are like me you are probably already making your plans for the weekend. You are looking to get away, relax, or gather with your loved ones. There is a special meaning behind this special saying and today, we want to explore the origin and meaning of Aloha Friday.
So, let’s take the time and explore this saying a little deeper. I mean this is the official kickoff to the weekend!
What is Aloha Friday?
Before we start chatting about how epic this weekend is going to be, let’s answer the question, “what is Aloha Friday?”.
It should not surprise you that the origin of the saying came from the clothing industry. I mean we wear our Aloha shirts on this magical day known as Friday. But if you take the trip back in time with me to the 1940s, it was not uncommon for business people to wear suits and ties. Every day, Monday through Friday. What a drag, right? It was in the ’40s that Honolulu businesses started to allow workers to wear sports shirts during the hotter summer months.
The Hawaiian fashion industry noticed this trend and quickly jumped on board. It does not take a smart marketer long to figure out a way to turn a trend into a fantastic way to benefit their business. These great marketing geniuses encouraged businesses around the Hawaiian Islands to allow all workers to wear Aloha shirts on Friday. The trend eventually hit the Bank of Hawaii when their president Wilson P. Cannon started to wear an Aloha Shirt to the office.
By the 70’s it was common practice for Hawaiian business to wear Aloha gear on Friday. Boom! Casual Friday as many of us know it today, was born. This trend eventually made it to California and traveled east. Here is a random fact for you, all this happened without the help of social media. The mind is blown, I know.
So, the next time you look over at your co-worker and say something like TGIF, you might want to thank the Hawaiian fashion industry. Better yet, put on your favorite Hawaiian vacation clothing and celebrate.
What Does Aloha Friday Mean?
Technically, the meaning is to kick off and get ready for the weekend. The song lyric, “It’s Aloha Friday, No Work Until Monday,” gives us a little insight into what people mean when they say thins magical saying. This is a pretty standard answer and it is not wrong.
However, here at Hawaiian Island Clothing, we look at Aloha Friday as a reminder to be a better person. Every Friday, we are reminded of the true meaning of Aloha. When we put on our favorite Aloha t-shirt Friday morning, it is our reminder to seek a better way of life.
We also hope that by wearing our Aloha t-shirt we can help spread Aloha to others. It is a true way to move past the busy week and start the weekend on the right path.
Friday is more than just an opportunity to dress casually to work, it is a reminder to help others. It is our reminder to spread Aloha and we hope you join us in this effort to spread Aloha across the world by wearing your Aloha t-shirt on Friday.
Here is how you can help us spread Aloha across the world:
- Grab your Aloha T-Shirt -> Click Here
- Snap a pic every Friday
- Post this pic on your social media
Remember, the proceeds from your purchase are donated to help children across the world caught in slavery and trafficking. So, it is really a win, win.
5 Ways to Celebrate Aloha Friday
Now we are all on the same page. We know the meaning behind this magical saying. It is time to chat about a few ways to celebrate Aloha Friday and get ready for the weekend.
1. Wear your Aloha T-Shirt
Friday should start by finding your favorite Aloha t-shirt and putting it on, snapping a pic, and sharing it on social media. Once you are in your proper gear, you are ready to celebrate with the rest of us. There really is no other way to get ready for Aloha Friday. This one is super easy.
Get your Aloha t-shirt here. (Remember, proceeds are donated to help kids in need).
2. Be kind to your co-workers, family, and friends
Now that you got your Aloha t-shirt on, it is time to spread the Aloha. Think of a friend, family member, or co-worker that can use a little extra kindness. Yes, this even goes for that person in the office you cannot stand. So, pick up the phone and call your mom, brother, sister, or high school pal. Go the extra mile and grab donuts for the office or your team.
This Friday, challenge yourself to spread some kindness.
3. Get together with your loved ones
After you put in your day at work, get together with your loved ones. Grab a pizza and watch a movie with the kids or head to dinner with your group of friends. AIt is a time to celebrate the hard work you put in this week and celebrate the weekend. There is nothing better than celebrating with your loved ones.
4. Be happy where you are
Here in America, we always want more. A bigger house, a new car, a better job, or whatever we see on social media. Aloha Friday is a time to celebrate you and what you have accomplished. Take a minute and be happy where you are, no matter your current situation, you can be thankful for something.
5. Know good things are coming
The meaning of Aloha has taught me many things. But there is no more important lesson than “ahonui”. Ahonui means that we need to practice patience through perseverance. When we wear our Aloha Friday t-shirt, it is a reminder that we are trying to build a brand that helps others. It is also a reminder that our mission is not going to be accomplished overnight. It is going to take patience and hard work and great things to come. However, we know good things are coming.
Aloha Friday, we made it to the weekend
I think we can all agree that we love the weekends. We probably sit at our jobs or at school waiting for the weekend to start. The meaning of Aloha Friday was built around this celebration of freedom and great things to come. For us here at Hawaiian Island Clothing, every Friday is a reminder to live the Hawaiian lifestyle. We may not be Hawaiian, but we can all learn from Hawaiian proverbs and become better people.
We want to challenge you to look at Aloha Friday a little differently. Make Friday a reminder to live a better life and spread Aloha wherever you go. So, when you put on your Aloha t-shirt, let it be a weekly reminder to find your aloha.