For most of the last two decades, world leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit would don garb chosen by the hosts. The costumes made for a light moment at the picture-taking session — sober leaders in bomber jackets or pajama-style robes.

This year’s summit, hosted by President Obama in his native Hawaii, broke with tradition. What do you think? Appropriate? Glad you won’t be seeing world leaders in grass skirts and coconut bras? Or are you secretly a teeny little bit disappointed?

[Updated at 10:35 a.m., Nov. 14:¬†For those of you who were offended… the reference to “grass skirts and coconut bras” was based directly on this graf in the story:

This year’s summit, hosted by Obama in his native Hawaii, broke with tradition. As the leaders assembled for the photo, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard was overheard talking about grass skirts; Obama, coconut bras.]

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    I get the no-Hawaiian-skirts thing, but Ionno, growing up in a country where we’re supposed to lick the US’ ass and...
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    First of all: grass skirts. coconut bras. People actually suggested this and were like BUT WHY NO GRASS SKIRTS? Being...
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    Yes I’m disappointed, it looked fun. Look at all those smiles.
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    I think Obama just broke this tradition because he knows no one looks good in an Acapulco shirt.
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    Boo, President Obama. I expected more from you. Why not play along and throw on a lei, especially since the native...
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