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HISTORY.  Before the first jetliners transported tourists to Hawaii in the late 1950’s, there was the Martin M130 Clipper (also known as the Hawaii Clipper).  It was effectively a giant flying boat with fixed wings and a massive hull, allowing it to fly long distances and land on water. Its first trans-Pacific flight took place from San Francisco to Honolulu on October 21, 1936 carrying its max capacity of 13 passengers.  Then in 1938, Boeing launched the much bigger Boeing 314 Clipper with sweeping lines, four massive engines and unmatched luxury for 36 passengers.  It was the golden age of aviation and nothing held the imagination more captive then these trans-Pacific Clippers.

It took 19 hours for the Boeing Clipper to fly from San Francisco to Honolulu, but its lucky passengers spent those hours in the lap of luxury.  Its 36 seats were fully convertible to bunk beds for overnight accommodation.  It had a luxury lounge for relaxation and a separate dining room staffed by chefs from four-star hotels. Men and women were provided separate dressing rooms, and white-coated stewards served five to six-course gourmet meals replete with crystal stemware and silver service. The standard of luxury on the Clipper has rarely been matched since.

Unfortunately, these Clippers operated for only a few years before American engagement in World War II ended their commercial passenger services.  But they left indelible imprints in the minds of the masses and help usher in a new era in Hawaii tourism.

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DESIGN.  Inspired by the idyllic images of Hawaii travel posters of that era, our Trans Pacific 40’s print is designed to vividly recall those nostalgic years when both journey and destination were savored in equal measure, and the dream of reaching Hawaii by air became a reality.

This print was first released over 25 years ago in Reyn Spooner “Reynlon,” and it quickly became one of our regularly requested reprints in subsequent years. Its first Spooner Kloth fabrication, however, was released 2 years ago after it enjoyed a long hiatus. This year, in response to popular demand, we’re rereleasing Trans Pacific ’40’s as a collection that can be enjoyed by the entire family, including men’s shirts, eco bags, aprons, and kids apparel.

This collection was designed and made with Aloha in Hawaii and carry our gold wahine label.  All made with our signature Spooner Kloth for wrinkle free, easy care functionality. Men’s shirts are available in both button front and pullover styles.

So enjoy the artistic beauty and the history of Trans Pacific 1940’s.  It speaks to the adventurer in all of us and captures that indescribable pull Hawaii has on anyone who has experienced it.

To learn more about early trans-Atlantic aviation and see photos and posters from that era, please check out:

Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum – Hawaii By Air

Pacific Aviation Museum – Pam Am’s Pacific Clipper