Hilo Hattie's missing sign returned to Nimitz location
Before sign went missing
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
Hilo Hattie's iconic red hibiscus sign was returned to its flagship Nimitz location on Monday.
"Today we found the sign leaned up against the entryway where we greet customers with lei as they enter the store," said Mark Storfer, Hilo Hattie's chief executive officer. "It appears to be completely unscathed and we're putting the whole thing behind us as just a harmless Halloween prank."
Concerned fans of Hilo Hattie rallied on social media over the weekend in support of the brand.
"People really shared their aloha with us," said Donald Kang, president and chief executive officer of Pomare, Ltd. "We feel strongly it was because of the public's help that whoever took the sign felt they should return it to us."
Hilo Hattie had promised a reward for the safe return of the sign, but since no one came forward, the company will donate $500 to the Salvation Army's emergency disaster service to support the people of Pahoa affected by the lava flow.
"It's our way of thanking everybody who supported us for their aloha," Kang said.