Profile of the OluKai Kahu Pahaha

Who is it for? The Kahu Pahaha is created for men looking for a work shoe that is as comfortable as a pair of sneakers. Its smart casual style also allows it to be worn with everyday clothing or a party on a boat.

What is it for? The underfoot cushioning and overall comfortable build of this laced-up walking shoe is suited for work that involves a lot of walking and standing. It can also be worn for traveling, a day out on the beach or boat, and as your everyday knock-around trainers.


Traction. Lining the bottom of the OluKai Kahu Pahaha is an all-weather rubber. This compound is engineered to deliver grip on all sorts of surfaces, and the use of razor siping amplifies the bite on slippery surfaces.


Cushioning. A single-density polyurethane (PU) foam makes up the footbed of the Kahu Pahaha. It is soft, allowing the foot to comfortably nestle on top of it. 

Hygiene. The insole is removable, so it can be swapped with custom orthotics if more support is needed. The top layer features soft microfiber, which can wick moisture. It can also be washed, so it’s easy to keep your shoe clean and odor-free.


Coverage. Protecting the foot against outside elements is the full-grain leather top. This quality material has a supple texture that aids in flexibility and overall comfort. Meanwhile, the inside is lined with soft leather, which amplifies the excellent in-shoe experience.

Lockdown. Completing the casual look of the Kahu Pahaha is the traditional lacing system. It uses flat-laces to secure the midfoot and also allows the adjustment of the fit. The tongue features a canoe sail badge that adds a style element to the trainer.

Construction. This model is equipped with OluKai’s patented Drop-In Heel. The back panel is stitched in a way that makes it possible to be folded down to turn the footwear into a slider. If more heel hold is needed, just unfold the rear section.

Nice to know

  • According to OluKai’s web page, Kahu Pahaha means honored guest and walks proudly, respectively. Ging by that definition, wearing this pair of walking shoes will make you feel like the most important person at the party, which got you walking with a swagger.
  • The island theme of the shoe is seen on the insert with its ocean scene print.
  • The Makau fish hook logo is placed on the outsole, the back panel, the tongue, and the insole.

Facts / Specs

Arch support: Stability
Base model: OluKai Kahu
Use: All-day wear, Travel, City
Closure: Lace-up
Material: Leather upper
Features: Orthotic friendly / Removable insole / Collapsible heel
BRAND Brand: OluKai

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Olesya Kryakvina
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