Kahunas Sleeveless Hawaiians Taking Off

Aug 09, 2017

Two seasonal LBI guys hope to ride a wave of success with their startup, a sharp-looking take on shirts: sleeveless Hawaiians.

Kahunas Sleeveless Hawaiians takes the style to the next level, and 2016 Westfield High School graduates, Michael Stokes and Luke Beaulieu are enjoying good reception for their product, which they’d like to market to local shore shops in the future.

Beaulieu, concentrating in entrepreneurship and finance at Babson College, and Stokes, who is studying mechanical engineering at the University of Denver, teamed up to revolutionize the Hawaiian shirt business.

The two 19-year olds have spent the past year developing, designing and building the idea off Beaulieu’s successful senior project last spring at Westfield High School.

Thus far, the duo has been successful with local and online sales across the country as well as getting waitstaff in restaurants, bars, drinking establishments and athletes across the country to represent their product.

The style has become popular among teenagers and college students, along with athletes and high-adventure enthusiasts through Instagram (@kahunas), Twitter and other social media platforms.

The two hope to continue their success with new designs, future orders and continued interest amongst fraternities, surf schools and beyond.

Stokes has spent almost every summer of his life on LBI, at the family house on 96th Street, Long Beach Township.

To learn more about Kahunas, visit their site at kahunas.life—M.S.



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