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Kimo Kahoano Talks His Classic Song 'Aloha Friday'

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How many of you know the "Aloha Friday" song? Historically, the City and County of Honolulu allowed employees to wear sport shirts during the summers since the 1940s. But Aloha Friday, the practice of aloha wear on Fridays, started in 1966. The legend goes that Maui Boy Wilson Cannon, President of the Bank of Hawai’i, started wearing aloha shirts on Fridays and the practice caught on.

In 1982, Kimo Kahoano’s song "Aloha Friday" captured the essence of the Aloha Friday spirit—priming for the weekend with friends and family. Kahoano joined the Conversation to talk about the classic.

This story aired on The Aloha Friday Conversation on June 18, 2021.

Noe Tanigawa covered art, culture and ideas for two decades at Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
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