Fitted x Aloha Got Soul at Bailey's

Digging in Hawaii: Bailey’s Antiques and Aloha Shirts

There are so many directions I could go with this post. Should I spill more details about the Fitted x Aloha Got Soul project? Should I highlight a local music shop? Maybe I’ll showcase my latest song-that’s-on-repeat?

Wait, why can’t I just talk about all of it?

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Fitted x Aloha Got Soul at Bailey's

Fitted x Aloha Got Soul at Bailey's Antiques & Aloha Shirts on Kapahulu Ave.

Somewhere near University Avenue, 10:00 a.m.

OK, so I took a day off to hunt for records with a few members of the Fitted team. We hit a handful of spots in the Honolulu area on a typically hot yet overcast Thursday in Hawaii. We climbed into one car and I popped in a CD-R of some Hawaiian stuff not featured on the upcoming Fitted x Aloha Got Soul mix, including Hal Bradbury’s “You Win, I Lose” from the singer’s solo album, This Is Love.

Before the big release (tentatively dropping in February), we’re giving away a free 30-minute teaser mix to get people excited about the project. This musical appetizer (we call them pupus in Hawaii) will be a delectable prelude to the main course: a 1 hour, 16 minute blend of Hawaiian jazz, funk and soul.

Fitted x Aloha Got Soul: Portable Turntable

Ready for some digging with a portable turntable plus coffee.

That’s right, the main course will be an original Aloha Got Soul x Fitted shirt with a professionally pressed CD featuring over 25 tracks of Hawaiian grooves—delicious to the last bite, just what a main course should be.

Vinyl Records at Bailey's Antiques and Aloha Shirts

The hunt begins: Hawaiian LPs at Bailey's

Digging for vinyl at Bailey’s

Bailey’s Antiques and Aloha Shirts specializes in what tourists usually call “Hawaiian shirts”. That’s how you can tell whether someone’s a local. Bailey’s offers a sizable collection of used Hawaiian music, though no local ever calls it “Aloha music”.

Condition dictates price at most vinyl music stores. But, because Bailey’s is at the edge of Waikiki and Hawaiian music is a novelty most tourists pay more for, price tags here discourage me from buying more than two records.

Of all the stores on Oahu that carry vinyl, Bailey’s boasts the most aesthetically intriguing environment—with over 15,000 Aloha shirts, hundreds of posters, and thousands more trinkets, this Honolulu vintage store sells enough tropical paraphernalia to hypnotize any shopper.

Vintage Aloha Shirts at Bailey's Antiques

Vintage aloha shirts on display outside, 15,000 more on sale inside.

Redeeming a broken record

If you follow @alohagotsoul on Twitter, you might remember the day I fell down while skateboarding with records under my arm. Bad idea. Crack in ground = cracked LPs.

I redeemed my tumble after finding another copy of the fourth album in the Homegrown series, produced by radio DJ Ron Jacobs. This time, my four-wheel ride home was a pickup truck, so my records were safe.

Stay broke: Homegrown IV LP

Stay broke: My Homegrown IV LP from September 2011. Rest in Peace.

Digging in Hawaii is more fun with friends, especially when you’re filming for an upcoming Fitted project. Did I forget to mention that we’re also filming a teaser video for the upcoming project? Well, there you go, secret’s out!

Mahalo for reading, and remember: support local. Stay tuned ’cause there’s lots more to talk about!

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Fitted x Aloha Got Soul: Digging in Hawaii

Look for the Hawaiian vinyl at the end of the maze at Bailey's.

2 thoughts on “Digging in Hawaii: Bailey’s Antiques and Aloha Shirts

  1. Satchel Pooch says:

    Great site and related YouTube channels – I’ll be back to soak up the cool stuff. BTW, thanks for all the great rare album downloads, as well as the mixes. Can you re-upload the albums with now-raided download sites like Megaupload, etc.? Mahalo and take care.

    • Roger Bong says:

      Thank you Satchel, I probably won’t be uploading the albums myself for the time being, all those downloads were uploaded by other people—I simply found them online. Mahalo for checking out the website!

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