Chest 18.5 in.
Length 26 in.
Content: 50% cotton, 50% polyester
Tag Brand: unbranded
This classic tourist tee is from Lahaina, Hawaii circa 1980s. It’s the perfect combination of spoof, irony, and an all around fun joke tee. The name Kamanawanaleiu, sometimes spelled Kamanawanalea, is probably referring to a song off the comedy rock album The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands by the Turtles.
The concept album featured the band pretending to be various different bands, covering different genres ranging from psychedelic rock, to R&B, and surf music. One of the fictional bands on the record was Chief Kamanawanalea and his Royal Macadamia Nuts, clearly poking fun at an old Hawaiian king and the famous nuts on the island. It looks like Hawaii enjoyed the joke and recreated it in the form of a vacation t-shirt.
Fits like a modern unisex adult medium