the kawaiian story

born on the northern beaches of sydney by dee tang in 2013, kawaiian lion was passed on to the hula-ing hands of beth bennett in 2019 for the next chapter in its journey.

now based on the sunny, palmy, gold coast of australia, kawaiian lion infuses a love for texture, light, the sea, surf, vintage-folk, the lion muse and the island of kauai.

a homewares & lifestyle label made with love & porpoise.

makin' waves not war since 2013.

the lion story

there once was a lion that stole away on a chinese junk ship on the harbour of hong kong. this ship was laden with silk, tea and silver, setting sail across the pacific ocean but found itself shipwrecked on the hawaiian island of kauai. the lion tumbled out of the junk, bewildered, bedraggled and overwhelmed by the sheer tropical beauty.

the locals would tell this tale of an exotic lion with a rainbow mane filled with hibiscus and jasmine. the lion would roar with the surfers as they rode water mountains to the shore. she danced along the dunes as the sun faded in the sky. and so, he became known as the kawaiian lion.

read more lion stories here

meet the kawaii team

kawaiian lion is a family-owned label & made up of a small team of creatives based all around the coast of australia. this kawaii team are the heart & sea soul behind the brand.

owner & creative :: beth

a lifelong love for hawaii & interiors led beth bennett to take on the captaining of the lion ship in 2019.

after 15 years in the retail world of vm, creating habitats for tigerlily, and interior styling she was ready to immerse herself in everything retro surf & hawaiiana.

she has a love for vintage denim & textiles, hula girls, art & colour, & is looking to infuse the brand with some of this whilst staying true to its lion heart.

having just relocated from sydney to sunny palm beach on the gold coast with her husband luke, and her two assistants finn & duke, beth is very happy that all her trips to the land of aloha may now be considered business.

founder & creator :: dee

say aloha to dee tang - the designer who created the lion along with her little assistant rafa & her star sister kawa .

though no longer a part of the lion day-to-day, dee's vision will always be at the heart of the brand.

dee & her ohana are based in the freo' hood of western australia with artist partner desmond sweeney of 8footwalls & you can now find her over at @kawa_heart_studio

read more about dee's story here

social & content :: court

this is court. she is our behind the scenes bae who sends out those kawaii newsletters & lets you know whats going on in kawaii land via our journal.

court also moonlights as an artist & has her own atelier :: le court studio. she draws from the heart & loves how lines create movement & there are no mistakes with this process. this laid-back lady is based in avalon in the northern beaches of sydney with her california man.

check out le court studio here

sales & sunshine :: cass & ulu

say aloha to lady cass & kawaii canine ulu. cass is our super sales girl who handles our wholesale & international accounts. she heads up the agency sunshine & the eccentrics looking after the best boutique aussie surf labels under the sun. we are stoked to be apart of this eccentric family.

this kawaii duo adore long boarding & roadtrips & are based in beautiful byron bay. if you have any sales enquires please give cass & assistant ulu a friendly holler. she won't bite. hard.

more sunshine & the eccentrics here
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