A Brief History of Aloha Tofu
Aloha Tofu Factory started from very humble beginnings in 1950 when Kamesaburo and Tsuruko Uyehara agreed to take over the running of a friend’s tofu factory. Normally it would take a lifetime to master the art of tofu-making, but young Kamesaburo had only a week to learn everything about tofu and keep the factory running.
The first generation of the Uyehara family who ran the tofu factory didn’t set out to become the largest Hawaii tofu manufacturer in the islands today. Instead the patriarch Kamesaburo just wanted to provide for his family’s needs.
The first tofu shop was located on Dillingham Boulevard near what is now Honolulu Community College. In 1964, Aloha Tofu moved to the Ala Moana Farmers Market where the business grew until a fire wiped out the factory in 1966.
The family joined together and Kamesaburo rebuilt the factory and started over. In 1976 their hard work and determination was rewarded when the Uyehara family established their own factory on Akepo Lane in Kalihi where it still stands today.
Aloha Tofu Factory and the Uyehara family built their company based on the belief that the people of Hawaii deserve the freshest tofu. As a company with local values and the vision of aloha, the Uyehara Family invites everyone to enjoy the versatility and health benefits that Aloha Tofu has to offer.
Aloha Tofu Logo
In Japanese folklore, the Japanese crane (tsuru), and the turtle, are traditional symbols of good fortune and longevity. These two symbols became a part of the Aloha Tofu logo, and were taken from the names of the first generation Uyeharas, Tsuruko and Kamesaburo, our grandmother and grandfather. Today’s Japanese mon, or crest design, brings the two symbols together and represents our commitment to bringing everyone the freshest tofu possible so all may enjoy good fortune and great health.