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The Kings Hawaiian legacy began in the 1950s when Robert Taira traveled across the Pacific to the tropical islands of Hawaii. He first settled in Hilo, where he graduated at the top of his baking school and opened his first bakery—Roberts Bakery. This location was the birthplace of his famous Original Recipe Kings Hawaiian Sweet Bread.
Nearly a decade later, the well-known bakery expanded and moved to Kings Street in Honolulu. The bakery and cafe immediately turned into a destination location for locals and tourist who shipped the bread back to the mainland as gifts. In the late seventies, Robert was inspired to share some aloha with the mainlanders and constructed a commercial bakery in California. It was not long before the sweet taste of Kings Hawaiian was found on the dinner table of families around the United States.
Robert soon began combining his legendary bread and original Hawaiian fare at a family style bakery in Torrance, California. The Kings Hawaiian bakery and restaurant gained much deserved aloha and inspired the Kings Hawaiian Local Place, an on-the-go eatery in Torrance.
In 2004, Kings Hawaiian continued to expand with a 150,000 square foot, state of the art baking facility and corporate headquarters also in Torrance. After 50 years of creating signature Hawaiian sweet bread and recipes, Kings Hawaiian continues to rise above the rest as the #1 branded bread and rolls.