King's Hawaiian

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King's Hawaiian is a Torrance, California-based family-owned and operated bakery, known chiefly for its Hawaiian bread. It was founded by Robert Taira, in Hilo, Hawaii, in the late 1950s.


Robert Taira founded the company, then called Robert's Bakery, in Hilo, Hawaii, in the late 1950s.[1]

In the early 1960s the company moved to Honolulu and changed its name to King's Hawaiian.[1]

By the 1980s, Taira's company, King's Hawaiian Bakery, was grossing US$20 million annually.[2] In 1988 the company established their current corporate headquarters in Torrance, California.[1]

Fast foot restaurant Arby's seasonally sells sandwiches featuring King's Hawaiian buns. The sandwiches are Kings Hawaiian BLT and Roast Beef and Swiss (which includes Grey Poupon Honey Dijon mustard). In September 2014, a Barbecue Brisket sandwich on the Kings Hawaiian buns was introduced.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Elizabeth "Nani" Nihipali; Lessa Kanani Pelayo; Christian Hanz Lozada; Cheryl Villareal Roberts, Lorelie Santonil Olaes (14 May 2012). Hawaiians in Los Angeles. Arcadia Publishing. p. 49. ISBN 978-0-7385-9320-3. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Laudan, Rachel (1996). The food of Paradise : exploring Hawaii's culinary heritage. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press. ISBN 978-0-8248-1778-7. 
  3. ^ "Arby’s® KING’S HAWAIIAN® Roast Beef Sandwiches – Developing Deliciousness". King' 

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