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, southern sydney beaches, 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.

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 back to cronulla from 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.

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.

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