National Hawaiian Shirt Day

The name “Aloha Friday” has changed but the concept is still very present. International students will notice how Hancock International College staff will wear Hancock shirts for “Spirit Friday” while many other institutions have similar practices. Was this always the case? No, not at all. explains how it all began. If any of our ESL students are able to visit Hawaii they may notice many practices that are unique to the island as well, but today we at looking at the concept of “Casual Friday” as today is National Hawaiian Shirt Day. says, “Hawaii’s custom of Aloha Friday quickly spread to California, soon after around the entire globe until the 1990s, when it became known as “Casual Friday” Today in Hawaii, aloha-wear is worn as business attire for any day of the week, and “Aloha Friday” is generally used to refer to the last day of the work week. Now considered Hawaii’s term for “Thank God It’s Friday” (TGIF) that’s all… nothing more.  The phrase was used by Kimo Kahoano and Paul Natto in their 1982 song, “It’s Aloha Friday, No Work ‘til Monday” heard every Friday on Hawaii radio stations across the state. “Aloha Friday” was officially lobbied for in 1965 and accepted as a public tradition in 1966. Local history says that Wilson P. Cannon, Jr., a Maui native who was the president of Bank of Hawaii, kicked off the tradition when he started wearing aloha shirts to the office.”

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Idiom of the Day

Flying high

Meaning: to be successful

Example: He has been flying high since he proposed to his girlfriend. On top of that he got a promotion!