Love’s Bakery’s History
Our story began in June 1851 when a baker from Scotland by the name of Robert Love, made his journey from Sydney, Australia to Honolulu, Hawaii. Robert along with his wife Margaret and three sons Robert, Jr., 15; James, 10; and William, 8, arrived in Honolulu on June 19, 1853 after making the 80-day voyage on an American ship named “Adirondack”. On July 12, 1851, Robert obtained a retail store license permitting him to operate a bakery and sell its products. Robert opened the first Love’s Biscuit & Bread Co. on Nu‘uanu Street in 1853.
Robert Love specialized in “re-baking” bread from sailing ships that had become inedible, as well as by selling hard biscuits, called hardtack. During 1924 Robert expanded his business and opened a second location in the Iwilei district. While the Nu‘uanu site continued to produce all types of baked goods, the new Iwilei plant produced only bread and rolls.
Several years later the decision was made to concentrate the company’s entire efforts on wholesale business and all operation were consolidated at the Iwilei plant in 1932. In July 1943 a new plant opened on Kapahulu Avenue. In 1968, the company was purchased by ITT Continental Baking Company.
In 1981 Love’s Bakery was purchased again, this time by First Baking Co., Ltd. of Japan and the company’s name became Daiichiya-Love’s Bakery. In 1990 the bakery moved from its Kapahulu site to its present site on Middle Street. And in 2008 ownership of the bakery returned home to Hawaii when local management purchased the company from First Baking Co.
Love's Bakery Building in Kapahulu.
Love's Bakery Building on Middle Street
Today, Love’s Bakery continues Robert Love’s tradition by baking fresh products for all of Hawaii. Love’s produces 206 varieties of bread, 70 varieties of buns and rolls, and 14 varieties of cakes. Now with a greatly expanded product line, there are more varieties of freshly baked bread, buns and cakes on the shelves and restaurants. Our fresh-baked products are shipped by air to Maui, Kauai, Molokai and the Big Island. We also deliver to grocery stores, military bases, restaurants, schools, and hospitals across the state.
Love’s Bakery is a locally owned company that consists of 300 employees. All dedicated to producing the highest quality products and service throughout.
The Love’s Ohana takes pleasure in giving back to the community
Susan G Komen “Race for the Cure” - An event that raises significant funds and awareness for the breast cancer movement, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease.
Kalihi Christmas Parade – The annual Kalihi Christmas parade features choirs, organizations, bands, and businesses within the Kalihi community.
Love's Bakery Outlet Stores
Have you ever wondered where Love's Bakery Thrift Stores are located? We have four convenient outlets throughout the state of Hawaii.
911 Middle Street
Honolulu, HI 96819 (map)
Tel: (808) 841-0397
Downtown - CLOSED
46-028 Kawa Bay A1
Kaneohe, HI 96744 (map)
Tel: (808) 235-5171
NEIGHBOR ISLAND Stores
500 Manono Street
Hilo, HI 96720 (map)
Tel: (808) 935-3191
Mon, Tue, Weds, Fri: 7:30am–5:00pm
Maui - CLOSED
Kauai - CLOSED