Love’s Bakery: With Aloha Since 1851
On June 19, 1851, 35 year old Robert Love, a baker from Scotland along with his wife Margaret and three sons arrived in Honolulu after an 80 day ship voyage from Australia. By July 12, 1851, less than a month after arriving on O’ahu the Love’s obtained a retail store license permitting them to operate a bakery and sell products. In less than 2 years, they opened the first Love’s Biscuit & Bread Co. on Nu‘uanu Street in 1853.
From humble beginnings, and through plant location business moves, Iwilei, Kapahulu Avenue, to Middle Street, Love’s Bakery would grow to become the largest wholesaler of baked goods in Hawai’i, delivering goods via trucks and planes embellished with the ever-so-popular Love’s logo.
The company was operated by generations of Robert Love’s descendants until being sold in 1968 to a New York based bake company. Sold again in 1981 to a Japan based baking company. In 2008, ownership of the bakery returned home to Hawai’i when Hawai’i Local management purchased the company; Love’s Bakery was locally owned once again.
As of March 2021 Love’s Bakery has ceased services after 170 years of operation. Aloha ‘Oe Love’s Bakery.