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Hawaiian Treasures by Lynn Yaeger

It’s the 1927 Royal Hawaiian hotel, the pink palace, as it’s known. I slide Baby onto my finger and walk over, but before I even hit the lobby I discover Newt, a hotel shop that looks as if it has been around since the 1920’s. In the window there’s something called a Dorothy Lamour sarong; inside are what seem like hundreds of panama hats. It turns out that the place opened less than two decades ago, but the effect is deliberate…

Lynn Yaeger is a contributing editor of Travel+Leisure. Read the full article by clicking here

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Regards from London

PEOPLE IN PARADISE: when I made my usual pilgrimage to your shop and bought my third set of shirts, you let my daughter try on one of your hats. I promised to send you the pictures. As you can see I am wearing one of my favourite shirts from 1994, but I think I am eclipsed by my beautiful daughter! Hope it’s not too long before I can get back to Hawai’i and Newt again …

A Pilgrimage 8/30/2007

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It Took a Double-Take Before Realizing It Was 007!

PEOPLE IN PARADISE: That was actor Pierce Brosnan shopping at Jim Tomasi’s Newt at the Royal shop at the Royal Hawaiian hotel, trying on and purchasing a Montecristi Panama hat. “I didn’t recognize him at first and was instructing him about the way to wear a hat, how to handle the hat, proportions of a hat that would suit him,” said Tomasi. “Then I really looked at him when I put this hat on him … and realized, oh my gosh, this is 007 in my shop.” Keely Shaye Smith, Brosnan’s wife, was patiently waiting. Brosnan agreed to pose for a photo with his purchase, something Tomasi generally does. For the record, according to Tomasi, “Brosnan has a larger than ordinary size head (7fi”), which, of course, fits his larger-than-life persona.”…

SHOW BIZ 8/11/2005

Show Biz by columnist Wayne Harada was published Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Honolulu Advertiser. Read the full article by clicking here

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A Former U.S. President Wearing a Newt Aloha Shirt

George H.W. Bush – Although currently unavailable, perhaps one of our most popular Aloha Shirts was the Fern Aloha Shirt. With its soft understated tropical pattern, Hawaiian styling evocative of the 1940s, suggesting simple ferns moving in the trade winds… its popularity depleted our stock… a favorite among many people in public and private life.

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Lights, Camera, Action!

Take Two – Manager of the Newt store at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel (where they sell these famed hats) wasn’t too surprised one day when he received a call from Warren Beatty who asked for a size 8 Fedora. Jim sent two to the film star. Beatty picked out the least expensive. Only $450 bucks…

— Eddie Sherman 4/13/2005

Columnist Eddie Sherman is published weekly in the MidWeek. Read the full article by clicking here

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Panama Hats and the Economy…

It struck me that Hawai’i’s economy would benefit substantially if men started wearing Panama hats again. Look what happened when aloha shirts caught on. Let us, therefore, take a another look at Panama hats… starting with Newt at the Royal

Article by beloved Hawai’i journalist Bob Krauss, March 2, 2003, in the Honolulu Advertiser. Read the full article by clicking here