People Behind the Passion
The Kamehameha Garment Company was initially founded in 1936, making it the first Hawaiian wholesale apparel manufacturer and original purveyor to the world of that iconic Hawaiian garment, the aloha shirt. Today's incarnation of the company strives to present and preserve the print-styles of that bygone era with a commitment to quality, authenticity, fit and style you will find nowhere else.
Kamehameha shirts from years gone by are prized by collectors, fetching hundreds, even thousands of dollars from afficionados. Present-day management endeavors to create the collectibles of the future.
The company has dedicated its rebirth to the loving memory of longtime chief of operations Ms. Gina Marie Meheulani Jenkins, who passed away in 2012 at age 42. This Island-born part Hawaiian was an inspiration to all who worked with her. Her tireless effort, commitment and dedication to the company will never be forgotten.
The company is presently owned by Brad Walker, as it has been since 1993, making him, after founder Herb Briner, the second-longest tenured company owner. Walker, a 33 year Island resident, now lives in Thailand where he oversees and directs the design, development and printing of the fabric used in making the shirts.
All of the garment cutting and sewing is done by Magic Needle Productions in Hawaii, as it has been since the early 90's. The production is managed by long-time company affilliate and Hawaii native Ms. Akimi El. an apparel designer/maker in her own right.
Sales and distribution is handled on Oahu's famed North Shore by near-lifetime Hawaii resident Ms. Bobbi Crane, who formerly ran the company's retail operations.