Maui Jim is a privately owned company. Originally started by Walter Hester. Walter retired to Maui, where he purchased a small sunglass company which produced polarized lenses from none other than Maui Jim himself.
In 1996 he merged with Paul Daltons optical company in Peoria, Illinois. Since then the company has grown from 16 employees to around 700.
The company has built its success on its patented Polarized Plus 2 technology. The basic patent is “it’s the best sunglass in the world.”