This is a Sun Surf Special-Edition Hawaiian shirt that deftly copies an original example produced in the Territory of Hawaii in the immediate postwar years and which featured a multitude of images paying homage to the soldiers of the U. S. Army of Japanese ancestry - the Nisei - who valiantly fought for their country - America - battling our enemies overseas and racism from their fellow countrymen. Some notable images depicted include: the 100th Infantry Battalion of the 34th Infantry Division, gaining fame as the spearhead to save WWII's "lost battalion," the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, which goes down in history and the most decorated unit in the U. S. Army in WWII, and the 1399th Engineers "Wolfhounds," which served in Hawaii and the Philippines building structures and roadways to keep the war effort on the fast track to victory.
The men of these units wanted to fight for their country and also prove that they were loyal to the USA, seeing themselves not as hyphenated Americans but just Americans or Americans of Japanese ancestry. The 442nd and it's 100th Infantry Battalion are legendary for adopting the motto "Go For Broke," which means to put all of their effort in one solitary, perilous move for victory, and for performing truly staggering achievements and acts of bravery in combat against the Germans in Italy and France, with 21 Medals of Honor being awarded to the 442nd. Once in combat, the men of these units were accepted by the vast majority of other American troops as equals, and the Germans regarded them as a tenacious, determined enemy to be respected and feared.
Special Editions are manufactured to degrees of authenticity that soar beyond the standard editions, fabulous as the standard editions are; each Special Edition is precisely recreated to match the vintage example it copies using yarns and dyes specifically reproduced to match just this one shirt style to utmost precision, and the Kabe crepe rayon is screen printed using a filament discharge, just as the original examples of this print once were. Kabe crepe rayon has an appearance and feel somewhat similar to crepe paper, hence the name. Crepe rayon is not as slick as rayon acetate and matte in appearance, but is still very light and airy.
Special Editions incorporate colors and color shades not found on the standard editions, thus providing for more precise color matching to the vintage shirt being copied. Other original features include: one deftly matched invisible pocket on the left breast, genuine coconut-shell buttons that precisely match those found on the original shirt, and a label that precisely copies the Malihini label found on this shirt. And to enhance the collectibility of this shirt, it comes in its own presentation/storage box. Once produced, the special edition is retired from production, thus ensuring each is extremely limited in quantity made.
Sun Surf Special Editions are nearly impossible to obtain outside of Japan and we are proud beyond words to have been able to obtain a few of this shirt print that stands out as one of the most unique ever offered.
To help preserve the fabric and colors, dry cleaning is the only laundering method endorsed by the manufacturer.
Please see our SIZING TIPS for advice on how to get the correct fit.
Imported from Japan
Sun Surf Special-Edition Hawaiian Shirt – Nisei Soldiers
About this Style: This is a very comfortable, lightweight shirt, though it is cut trimly, just as most vintage Hawaiian shirts were.
Tip 1: Follow the instructions entitled “How to Use Product Measures to Obtain a Good Fit” listed under the PRODUCT MEASUREMENTS tab for this product. After finding no substantive conflicts with your body measures obtained from the tab entitled BODY MEASURING, order this garment with no less than 3” of room in excess of your chest measure if you prefer a trim-yet-comfortable fit, so if your chest measures 42”, you’ll want to order this shirt in a size measuring no less than 45” in external circumference. If you prefer a roomier or longer fit, then order the next available size after reviewing all relative measures that pertain to that size.
Tip 2: Please note that your chest circumference measure is not necessarily the labeled size you wear in another garment you may own from a different maker or even the same maker, so please take the time to obtain your true chest circumference measure so as to compare to our chart of measures; this will enable us to perform a better job getting you the right size and minimize your chances in having to deal with the hassle and cost of exchanges.
Please ask us for fitting advice if in doubt.
Tip 3: Individuals who prefer looser fits and/or those with a waist measure that is nearly equal to or greater than their chest circumference measure may jump up one size in this shirt for comfort and desired fit (when we refer to waist measure we do not mean your trouser size; we mean the actual circumference measure of your waistline at its widest point). If you are unsure of the size to order we will assist you; please contact us with the following information: Height, waist circumference measure, chest circumference measure and body weight, as well as the type of fit you prefer: Trim, roomy or over-sized.
Sun Surf Special-Edition Hawaiian Shirt – Nisei Soldiers
The following table provides actual product measures. These measures are provided as an aid because, in conjunction with the information found under the SIZING TIPS tab for each product, they can sometimes be very useful when comparing the measurements from this garment to the measures of your body; however, acting as an armchair tailor should be done with caution, as well as with knowledge of other important areas of fit that are not displayed here. Armchair tailors frequently fail to take into account other significant elements that impact fit; following our SIZING TIPS for each garment on this web site is strongly suggested, which can be very useful in supplanting or supplementing the listed measures below.
Our measures were derived from averaging many garments of the same size from each specific size in the range of any given product, thus the measures provided are representative for each size but they may not be exactly what you will receive. Some fluctuation in size is normal and to be expected, especially in these garments that have been manufactured on vintage machinery using natural fibers; the vintage machinery and techniques that create sought-after looks and fabrics are also less precise than machines contemporary to the current era.
How to Use the Product Measures to Obtain a Good Fit:
- Using the measurements listed for this product, and information found under the tab entitled MEASURING GARMENTSso as to understand our measuring technique, please double the chest measure of this product to obtain the total external chest circumference of this garment. For example: If the chest measure listed for size Large is 23”, doubling this measure yields a 46” external chest circumference.
- Measure your chest circumference as per the tab on this web site specifically addressing BODY MEASURING, then compare your chest measure to the chest measure of this product.
- Many garments are cut in such a way that the wearer requires no less than 3” of room in the shirt for a sleek fit that is also comfortable, while other shirts styles require the wearer to have more than 6” of room. If your chest circumference is 42”, a product with a 23” chest width has a 46” external chest circumference and would provide 4” of external room in this scenario (chest measures 42”, external chest measure of shirt is 46”, thus 4” of external room would be realized).
- If desired, repeat the measuring comparisons for back length and/or shoulder width.
- Compare your body measures to the listed garment measures and follow our listed SIZING TIPSspecific to this product to obtain a good fit.
IMPORTANT: Because you need room in a garment for comfort, garments with a 44” chest circumference are NOT a size 44, nor are they intended for anyone with a 44” chest circumference. Tee shirts and thermal shirts tend to have the most body-hugging fits of our product offerings because these were originally intended to be undergarments, thus these can be ordered to stretch to fit if that is how you wish to wear such garments. Other shirts, sweatshirts, sweaters, jackets, etc. will all have some amount of room incorporated in their designs, thus these will all measure larger than your actual chest measure by varying degrees.
Sometimes-Problematic Way to Determine a Good Fit:
Due to differences in how even near-identical garments are cut by different manufacturers, it is not necessarily a good idea to compare the listed measures of this product to the measures of an existing, similar product in your wardrobe to determine the correct size to order in this product. Though such comparisons can indeed work some of the time, and maybe even most of the time, vast experience with and knowledge of the products we market has proven such practices will sometimes fail. This inaccurate measuring methodology doesn't factor in other key variables of fit relative to you and the garment that includes: Armhole opening, shoulder slope, high-point shoulder, high chest, width of sleeves at all points including the all-important elbow, waist measure, and the thickness, plumpness, and rigidity of the material the garment is made from, naming just some variables influencing fit that do not appear on any list of measurements for a garment or that a customer is likely to account for.
It is best to compare your actual body measures to the listed measures of this product AND follow our listed SIZING TIPS specific to this product to obtain a good fit in this style.
A Good Fit:
This is highly subjective - what one person may think is too big, another may think fits perfectly. Some garments are cut quite generously and others are cut quite trimly. If comparing measurements of one of our products to another you may own, some individuals will surely find that none or maybe only one area of measure is commonly shared or remotely close to being the same. Ultimately, chest measure is the most important area to properly fit, then all other areas of measure will have to fall into place. And some individuals who are extremely tall may find that body and/or sleeve length are more important to accommodate than even chest measure.
It is best to compare your actual body measures to the listed measures of this product AND follow the advice found under the SIZING TIPS tab to obtain a good fit.
We strive to create a crisp fit between our products and the customer, and not a loose, sloppy look. If you prefer your clothing to fit more loosely, then we will do our best to work with you to that end, though, by the very nature of our product designs and fits it may not be possible to duplicate the slack looks found in many mainstream clothing brands even if you go up one or two sizes in our products.