With Aloha since 1851

Locally Owned. Fresh Baked.

Today, Love’s Bakery continues Robert Love’s tradition by baking fresh products for all of Hawaii. Love’s produces an expanded product line with a variety of bread, buns, rolls, and cakes. Our fresh-baked products are shipped by air to Maui, Kauai, Molokai, and Hawaii Island for deliveries to grocery stores, military bases, restaurants, schools, and hospitals across the state.

Love’s Bakery is a locally owned company that consists of about 250 employees. All dedicated to producing the highest quality products and service throughout.

Love’s in the Community

“Race for the Cure”

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.

Love’s Aloha Spirit

Kalihi Christmas Parade – The annual Kalihi Christmas parade features choirs, organizations, bands, and businesses within the Kalihi community.

Love’s History: How It All Started

On June 19, 1851, a baker from Scotland named Robert Love arrived in Honolulu, HI with his wife, Margaret, and three sons, Robert Jr., 15; James, 10; and William, 8 from Sydney, Australia. The 80-day voyage on an American ship named “Adirondack” was grueling, but Robert immediately began to work on a dream. By July 12, 1851, he had obtained a retail store license that permitted him to operate a bakery and sell its products. In less than 2 years, he opened the first Love’s Biscuit & Bread Co. on Nu‘uanu Street in 1853.

The Love’s Biscuit & Bread Co. specialized in “re-baking” bread from sailing ships that had become inedible, as well as selling hard biscuits, called hardtack. The business was expanded in 1924 when Love’s opened a second location in Iwilei that produced bread and rolls.

Several years later, the decision was made to concentrate the company’s entire efforts on wholesale business. Operations were consolidated at the Iwilei plant in 1932. By July 1943, with the demand for bread and crackers increasing due to the demands of both the armed forces and civilians, a new plant was opened on Kapahulu Avenue. Over the years, it was completely modernized and mechanized, as progressive as any bakery in the world. The transport of bread and crackers to the neighbor islands, once shipped by barge, began to be flown in the “flying bakery truck” as early as 1945.

The company that was held closely through generations of Robert Love’s descendants was sold to ITT Continental Baking Company in 1968. Then 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 location 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 is proudly celebrating its 170 anniversary on July 12, 2021 and we’re thankful for all of the love and support we have received from kama’āina and visitors throughout the years.

Love’s Bakery Building in Kapahulu.