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When one of the oldest performing bands in the country unveils new uniforms, it’s big news! Especially when that band just so happens to be in Hawaii.
In the summer of 2012, the Royal Hawaiian Band announced on its blog that a new uniform had been in the works. Their debut could not have been timed more perfectly; members plan to show off the design at this year’s Aloha Festivals Parade.
One could say the uniforms not only got a fresh design but a greener one, too. We got a sneak peak of the two-tone muumuu and aloha shirts on KHON2 News. I really like the off-the-shoulder, fringed cut of the ladies’ dress. Very classy with a subtle touch of contemporary Hawaii.
The fresh new uniforms will be used for casual performances, while the traditional white uniform and sash will continue to be worn for semi-formal occasions. According to their television debut, local designer Mamo Howell designed the print just for the band.
If you look on the Royal Hawaiian Band’s website, you will an interesting timeline of uniforms from the past to present. Sometimes when a new bandmaster comes on board, members decide on changing the uniform. This recent change is among the brightest and boldest so far!
Photo Courtesy: Royal Hawaiian Band