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Eyes on whether APEC leaders will don aloha shirts

Aloha shirts mean business in Hawaii, but will APEC leaders go local and wear them? By The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) ' One question that has people guessing at major conference in Hawaii is will world leaders wear the colorful aloha shirt.

At the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in years past, heads of state wore ponchos in Chile and silk tunics in Vietnam.

This year, 21 leaders are gathering in Honolulu, inspiring visions of Chinese President Hu Jintao and President Barack Obama in the traditional shirts.



But it's not clear if APEC leaders will observe the custom this time as the White House remains mum on the issue.

The attire has been the subject of great speculation in Hawaii. The colorful and floral aloha shirts aren't just standard wear for both work and play in the state ' they're a symbol of the state's rich multicultural history.


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