The Maui Jim 'Akau is sure to catch your eye if you love those Maui rimless shades! If you follow the brand closely, this featherweight frame might remind you of another popular Maui frame. That's because the 'Akau is the spitting image of it's bigger cousin, the Hema.

Table of Contents

1. Maui Jim 'Akau Review
2. Shop Maui Jim 'Akau
3. Prescription Maui Jim Sunglasses at SportRx

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Maui Jim 'Akau Review

Much like the Hema, the 'Akau is packed full of performance perks. The 'Akau is also a better choice for those who loved the Hema but thought, "it's a little too big". Unfortunately for anyone who's looking for prescription sunglasses, this great looking frame does not come with an Rx option.


Let's begin by discussing the frame weight of the 'Akau. Like the Hema, this rimless frame comes in at a rediculous 10 grams. For reference, that's the same weight as 10, one dollar bills. The frame stays so light, thanks in part to it's nylon frame construction. Nylon is one of our favorite frame materials for active people because it has the ability to be both lightweight and highly durable. As for keeping this lens from literally flying away in the wind, you have non-slip nose pads fitted into the single bridge and minimized rubber temple inserts to keep these shades on your head where they belong. It's also good to note that the interesting design of the nose pads allows for more airflow. This is a big plus if you like running, hiking, or just getting a bit sweaty in sporty Maui-style.


The 'Akau is fitted with Maui Jim's lightest and thinnest lens option: MauiPure® LT. We love this choice for the simple reason that it matches the design of the frame perfectly. MauiPure® LT lenses offer the most shatter and scratch resistance while also being Maui's lightest lens option. If you're concerned that you lose some of that incredible Maui Jim lens clarity for the sake of weight and durability, you don't have to. These lenses offer optics nearly as clear as Maui's SuperThin Glass lenses, their best optical option. We'll also remind you that all Maui Jim sunglass lenses will come with Maui's proprietary PolarizedPlus2® lens tech. PolarizedPlus2 lenses eliminate glare, harmful blue light, and HEV light. What more could you expect from lenses that were designed to embellish the natural beauty of their birth place Hawaii?

SportRx Frame Width (SFW): 133mm, which means a medium fit for men and a medium to large fit for ladies. If this is a little too small but you love the look, check out the Hema, which has an SFW of 140!

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Maui Jim 'Akau Sunglasses in Matte Black with Maui Green lenses

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Prescription Maui Jim Sunglasses at SportRx

Unfortunately, the 'Akau doesn't come in prescription. However, we carry a wide range of rimless Maui Jim sunglasses that can be fitted with your prescription right away! When you shop with us, you’ll find helpful video guides and tooltips throughout the build process as you customize the perfect pair. An answer to all your questions is at your fingertips with our helpful blogs and guides, like the 2021 Maui Jim Rimless Sunglasses Guide. If you want to chat with an expert, Contact Us. We’ll put you in touch with one of our friendly in-house opticians, who can help you build your prescription Maui Jim sunglasses.

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