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Panama Hats and the Economy…

It struck me that Hawai’i’s economy would benefit substantially if men started wearing Panama hats again. Look what happened when aloha shirts caught on. Let us, therefore, take a another look at Panama hats… starting with Newt at the Royal

Article by beloved Hawai’i journalist Bob Krauss, March 2, 2003, in the Honolulu Advertiser. Read the full article by clicking here


Hawaii Travelogue on Senior Women Web

At the shop, Newt at the Royal, located on the grounds of the elegant Royal Hawaiian Hotel, we met hatter extraordinaire Jim Tomasi. Tomasi knows all there is about the fine straw hats known as Panama’s that are really from Ecuador. Prices range from $300 to $7,500 depending upon the weave. I tried on a $575 rakish number that was heaven but unlike Warren Beatty and William Hurt, I left mine behind.

Sue Purdy is a freelance writer specializing in travel, food, and lifestyle topics. Read the full article by clicking here

A Former U.S. President Wearing a Newt Aloha Shirt

George H.W. Bush – Although currently unavailable, perhaps one of our most popular Aloha Shirts was the Fern Aloha Shirt. With its soft understated tropical pattern, Hawaiian styling evocative of the 1940s, suggesting simple ferns moving in the trade winds… its popularity depleted our stock… a favorite among many people in public and private life.