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King's Hawaiian Overview

Torrance, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year

Working at King's Hawaiian

King's Hawaiian Bakery hangs its lei in Southern California. The company produces bakery products, including its flagship product, Hawaiian sweet bread. King's Hawaiian was founded in 1955 by Robert Taira. The company has grown from a small ... Read more

Mission: Mission: We deliver irresistible Hawaiian food and aloha spirit, that families love everywhere, everyday.

Vision: The King’s Hawaiian Brand is the global leader in the fast growing Hawaiian food category. Our people are recognized as the most ... Read more

King's Hawaiian – Why Work For Us?


Since our humble beginnings in 1950 in a little town called Hilo on the "big island" of Hawaii, we have remained committed to quality, integrity and Aloha Spirit. Our Original Hawaiian Sweet, Honey Wheat and Savory Butter Dinner Rolls are perfect for any family meal, holiday celebration or barbecue. Our breads now include Mini Sub Rolls, Hot Dog Buns, Hamburger Buns and Deluxe Hamburger Buns.


A legacy of baking with Aloha begins.

Our mouthwatering tale begins in Hilo, Hawaii. There Robert R. Taira, the Hawaiian-born son of Japanese immigrants opened his first bakeshop, Robert's Bakery, after graduating top of his baking class. The first round, soft loaves of Original Recipe King's Hawaiian Sweet Bread were made here. The loaves rarely ever made it home before being devoured, and a local traditional island favorite was born. (Or should we say baked?)


Excellence. We are large company and we need to strive for excellence in order to maintain our momentum. We may not be excellent all the time, but we must move toward excellence and embrace the change needed to continuously improve.

Dignity. Maintaining the Taira family values of treating everyone with kindness and respect. Respecting ourselves and others. Honoring our commitments. Holding each other accountable. Practicing what we preach. Appreciating each others differences. Professionalism.

Telling it like it is in a way that can be heard. Be honest. Push back. Give feedback to others about their behavior and how it affects you. Deliver the message in a way that can be “heard” and understood by others – not in an angry, sarcastic or disrespectful way; “energetic vs. emotional.” Share information. Manage conflict vs. avoiding conflict. Take personal responsibility for creating trust within the team.


Our focus is to:

Help employees improve their physical, emotional and financial well being.

Provide the tools and resources to help actively take responsibility and make the best decisions regarding personal well being.

Provide programs and resources that are competitive, offer protection, and that respond to the changing needs of employees throughout their careers.

King's Hawaiian® provides benefit opportunities that are focused on leading healthy lifestyles and that support the long-term health and well-being of our employees and their families.

We offer a range of plans that include benefits such as:

Health care (including preventive)

Prescription drug coverage

Dental and vision, Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Disability benefits, Life insurance options

401(k) Savings Plan


King's Hawaiian Reviews

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    Plenty of opportunities to challenge yourself and contribute to a growing company


    Growing pains as the company looks to move from small to mid-sized and leadership pushes for standards and processes to be developed.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to the strategic imperatives and never forget to emphasize behavioral values as new employees are brought on board.

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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at King's Hawaiian (Los Angeles, CA).


    I was contacted by a recruiter. The whole process took about a month. There were two phone interviews, one with HR and the other with the hiring manager. After a week, I was invited for an onsite, 4 rounds back-to-back interview at their HQ in Torrance, LA.

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