Lahaina Sailor, a heritage print first introduced in 1968, is one of our oldest and most beloved designs. Inspired by the bandanas worn by sailors visiting the village of Lahaina, Maui, this print features the Hawaiian state flower (hibiscus), the state bird (nene goose), state tree (kukui or candlenut), and the Hawaiian state flag and captures the spirit of old Hawai’i.
A CLASSIC SINCE 1968
ORIGINS OF A CLASSIC
BEHIND THE SEAMS OF THIS HERITAGE PRINT
The Nene goose and
dating your Lahaina Sailor
The Nene goose on our Lahaina Sailor print was diagonal from 1968 to 1980 to account for the long neck of the Hawai’i state bird. It was adjusted to be standing upright with a shorter neck to fit in more with the overall aesthetic of the print.
THE TOWN OF LAHAINA, MAUI
THE INSPIRATION FOR THIS CLASSIC PRINT COMES FROM THE HISTORIC WHALING VILLAGE ON THE NORTHWEST COAST OF MAUI, KNOWN AS LAHAINA TOWN.
Once known as Lele, which means “relentless sun” in Hawaiian, Lāhainā is a historic town that has been transformed into a Maui hotspot with dozens of art galleries and a variety of unique shops and restaurants.
Originally a small fishing village, it was declared the royal capital in 1802 by King Kamehameha and eventually became a historic whaling destination with thousands of sailors and boats taking leave in Lahaina Harbor.