Lost in Paradise

Sorry for the two-week radio silence, but I had the enviable task of spending ten days on the beach at Kaanapali, most of the time reclining at the Maui Sheraton pictured above.  While I mostly swam, snorkeled, ate and slept, I did have an opportunity to discover two brands that make their products in the Aloha State.

Lahaina Town Surf Company

One day on Maui I wandered down to a craft show and that is where I met Alfy Basurto of Lahaina Town Surf Company.  I had been perusing their very cool t-shirts and noticed they were U.S. made American Apparel shirts to which Lahaina Town applied their unique designs.  Alfy was incredibly gracious and Ben and I soon had purchased two of his stylish t-shirts.


I urge you to visit Alfy’s website and snap up some great surf wear!


On Monday, we wandered around Whaler’s Village purchasing gifts for friends who couldn’t go on the trip.  Ben wanted to purchase a classic Hawaiian shirt, and we found them at Kahala.  Kahala has been making shirts in Hawaii since 1939.  I will be doing a longer post on Kahala and their sister firm Tori Richard in the near future.  Kahala‘s shirts are really classics.  How about the Ocean Man Avi?

Or the new Kohola shirt?

I went old school, purchasing a Duke’s Pareo.

I can’t wait to provide you with stories regarding the history of Kahala and Tori Richard in the near future.  So look forward to learning about the Hawaiian members of our extended American family making Kahala and Tori Richard’s great shirts in the 50th state in the union.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Years!




About Simply American LLC

I live in Seattle and love telling stories about Americans, the places where they work and the things that they make. I have just published a book, Simply American, encouraging Americans to purchase American made products; the book can be ordered at www.simply-american.com.
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