Landmarks

Nov 18, 2013

I recall a few times that tourists asked me for directions and asked how to get to highway 95 or route 83 or something like that.

 

route83

 

I had no idea what they were talking about.

 

Because when we give directions (be nice, Sally), we use street names and directions such as Mauka, Makai, Ewa, and Kokohead.  And often, we use landmarks.

 

Now, landmarks aren’t necessarily businesses or buildings as often is the case.  Sometime it’s about the house on the corner with the big Avocado tree.  Or the pink house.  Or the Spanish looking house.  Or sometimes, even the haunted looking house.

 

One of the earliest landmarks that I remember – and still use today – is the Jesus Coming Soon sign on Middle Street.

 

Jesus Coming Soon

 

Definitely a landmark that almost everyone who grew up in Hawaii knows.  When my dad used to drive on Middle street, I always saw the Jesus Coming Soon sign and wondered – How soon is soon?

 

How about the Pan Am building, or the Gold Bond building.  Landmarks.

 

And when we say “the HMSA building on Kapiolani“, the younger folks don’t know what we’re talking about.

 

How about some landmarks around your neighborhood that you used?  In Kailua, I often used Pali Palms, the Church of the Nazarene on Oneawa street, and the infamous Kapaa quarry “dump road“.

 

Not so much of a landmark, but I remember that whenever my mom or dad drove on Likelike, I always looked for the statue on the mountain side at the end of Monte street.  Anyone know what statue I’m talking about?

 

What landmarks do you use as a reference?  You might not even realize that you use landmarks – for instance – referring to Walgreens “where the old Tower Records used to be“.  Or “where Kam Bowl used to be“.  And now, “where Chun Hoon market used to be“.  Name me some of the landmarks you use.

 

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61 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. 4G
    November 18th, 2013 at 4:30 am #

    La Ronde

  2. 4G
    November 18th, 2013 at 4:32 am #

    Where the old Drive Ins used to be. For example, Waialae Drive In.

  3. Masako
    November 18th, 2013 at 6:29 am #

    Good morning! My grandparents used to live in Kalihi near the “jesus coming soon” Church so we passed it all the time.
    Landmarks that I use now:
    Where Chunky’s used to be next to where the stadium used to be.
    The new Safeway that used to be Shuman Carriage.
    Walgreens and Petsmart took over the old Safeway.
    Kapahulu Safeway that used to be Loves Bakery
    Loves Bakery that used to be HC&D
    Laie Shopping center and a speed limit sign to find my friends beach house.

    I find that I use old stores in Ala Moana to reference where new stores are now.

  4. NaPueo
    November 18th, 2013 at 6:33 am #

    A friend once gave directions to visitors. All his landmarks were places to eat.

  5. Mark'75
    November 18th, 2013 at 6:34 am #

    @Rodney: re: “How soon is soon?” :lol:

  6. KAN
    November 18th, 2013 at 6:35 am #

    Sweetie used to tease my family that we used landmarks that weren’t there any more. (“Turn right by where Dodie’s used to be, go past the old district park. . . “) He’s being coming home to Kane`ohe with me for so long that now *he’s* doing it.

  7. KAN
    November 18th, 2013 at 6:36 am #

    I remember the “Jesus Coming Soon” sign. I used to think that was a promotion for a movie that was coming to town!

  8. KAN
    November 18th, 2013 at 6:36 am #

    My favorite landmarks are shopping centers and restaurants. My dad’s favorite landmarks are sporting goods stores, hardware stores, and auto parts stores.

  9. M
    November 18th, 2013 at 6:36 am #

    Guud monirng MLCers!

    Gems on Ward or Gems on Dillingham
    Hoilday Mart
    Coco’s and Aloha Motor’s
    I use McDonalds and Zippy’s as landmarks because get them all over the place.

  10. M
    November 18th, 2013 at 6:37 am #

    Guud monirng MLCers :!:

    Gems on Ward or Gems on Dillingham
    Hoilday Mart
    Coco’s and Aloha Motor’s
    I use McDonalds and Zippy’s as landmarks because get them all over the place.

  11. M
    November 18th, 2013 at 6:38 am #

    Whoa! I did a double post!

  12. Mark'75
    November 18th, 2013 at 6:42 am #

    As a rule, I use myself as a gauge when using a landmark for directions. For someone around my age or older, I could mention the ‘old stadium’ or ‘Gold Bond Building.’ If I say that to somone younger, I might get a…..huh? Might have to mention Stadium Park or across Comp USA to get a response.

  13. ankleBYTERS
    November 18th, 2013 at 7:07 am #

    Hygienic Store and Lau’s Drive In – landmark locations….the drive in is gone but the store is still there.

  14. 4G
    November 18th, 2013 at 7:39 am #

    Dot’s in Wahiawa.

  15. 4G
    November 18th, 2013 at 7:40 am #

    The old bowling alleys – e.g., Stadium Bowl-A-Drome.

  16. Lowtone123
    November 18th, 2013 at 7:44 am #

    I used to always ask my mom “When is Jesus coming?” because that sign has been up for as long as I can remember. My son saw the sign a little while back and asked the same question to me.

  17. Lowtone123
    November 18th, 2013 at 7:45 am #

    Windward side…Hygienic Store.

  18. Lowtone123
    November 18th, 2013 at 7:55 am #

    I still refer to Don Quijote as Holiday Mart.

  19. LINDA KATO
    November 18th, 2013 at 8:27 am #

    Good morning MLCers :!: Happy Monday :!: :grin:

    Have a great day everyone :!: :grin:

    I use Zippy’s as a landmark since we eat there every day :!: :grin:

    We use Ewa bound, town bound, mauka and makai a lot too :!:

  20. Kage
    November 18th, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    In Wahiawa we use churches to tell when to make the next turn.
    There are so many on California Avenue.

  21. Kage
    November 18th, 2013 at 8:36 am #

    I remember working at 7-11 on the way out of Wahiawa. Plenty of tourist because it is the last stop before heading to the north shore. They would always ask if the road we were on is 99. I have no idea. I would give them a blank stare and ask where they were going. North Shore? Yes, you stay on the right road.

    I later learned to say, “correct road” because if you are giving directions, it can be confusing to hear, “right”.

  22. sally
    November 18th, 2013 at 9:26 am #

    In conversation with a friend about 20yrs younger than me, I mentioned that I used to catch the bus at the Cue ‘n Cushion bus stop. She looked at me like “huh?”

  23. sally
    November 18th, 2013 at 9:30 am #

    Several yrs ago I had to catch the bus. The bus banged a car at one of the stops and we all had to get off. I called The Bus to ask why did the driver refuse to give us a transfer ticket to get on the next bus and she said he should have. She asked which stop this happened at and I answered “The one DH direction at Coco’s”.

    She said “whea?”.
    I said “Coco’s, corner of Kapiolani and Kalakaua”.
    She said “huuu sista you showing your age” and we started cracking up!

  24. Mark'75
    November 18th, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    A while back, I mentioned Century Center to an old timer, who asked, “Where?” I responded, where Lippy Espinda (used cars) was. He said, “Ohhh, okay.”

  25. sally
    November 18th, 2013 at 10:02 am #

    Whenever we passed the Jesus Coming Soon church, my brothers would all chime “He neva get hea yet?”

    ~groan~

  26. sally
    November 18th, 2013 at 10:03 am #

    When I got to high school and all my friends were from Palolo Valley, our meeting spot was the Green Church. It’s painted a mustard color now but we still call it Green Church.

  27. sally
    November 18th, 2013 at 10:04 am #

    If we met at Ala Moana, it was always at the Bird Cage between Liberty House and Shirokiya.

  28. 4G
    November 18th, 2013 at 10:09 am #

    I once got stalled on the H-1, westbound, just after the Lusitana Street exit. I called 911 (to get a tow) and told the dispatcher exactly what I just wrote. The dispatcher asked, “So – you going Diamond Head or Ewa? LOL! I said, “Ewa”.

    The tow truck took a while to arrive. Upon arrival, the tow truck driver apologized and said the dispatcher told him I was going eastbound! :(

  29. 4G
    November 18th, 2013 at 10:11 am #

    Restaurant Row

  30. 4G
    November 18th, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    Highrise (Ala Moana Beach Park)

  31. dihudfan
    November 18th, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    Gems by Classic Bowl…
    WigWam store on Dillingham…
    HIC by Kapiolani Bowl…
    Bowling City by the HRT bus barn…
    News building at the start of Kapiolani…
    Kenny’s drive inn next to Kam Bowl (MAC)…
    Kings bakery across from McCully Chop Suey…
    Rainbow Roller Land close to Scotty’s drive inn…
    Stardust Bowl on Keeaumoku…
    Tropicana Bowl across the street from Windward Bowl and Shopping Center…
    Waikiki Bowl above Waikiki Sands…
    Kalihi Bowl at the bottom of Kalihi Shopping Center…
    Country Lanes close to Waipahu Holiday Mart…
    Aloha Bowl across from Liberty Theater…
    Playmore Lanes across from the Armory…
    Pearl City Bowl down the street from Pearl City Tavern…

  32. sally
    November 18th, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

    @dihudfan: Wow! You really still use all those landmarks? I would have to think hud about visualizing them LOL.

    I never thought much about the street I grew up on until someone told me “Ohhhh, the Christmas house street”. My neighbor down the street was known for creating mechanical lawn decorations out of parts and pieces of recycled items. He passed away several years ago, but some people still remember.

  33. Mark'75
    November 18th, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    @sally: I remember.

  34. Mark'75
    November 18th, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    Saw this group perform yesterday.
    From their new album…
    Hiroshima – Days Gone By
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6lsnptjcUU
    Neat song, with kinda old sound to it.

  35. eddyo
    November 18th, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    Hi Rod,
    Since you’re on this topic, try this for giving directions to “townies”–How do you get to Kailua High School? With all those Ulu streets & not on the highway. Hmmm

  36. sally
    November 18th, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    LOL @ eddyo’s comment. Same with Pearl City with all the Hoo streets.

  37. dihudfan
    November 18th, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    @sally… nah they all gone…….

  38. 4G
    November 18th, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

    Market City

  39. keoni
    November 18th, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

    @Sally Or da Pupu streets in Waipahu! :lol:

  40. keoni
    November 18th, 2013 at 6:22 pm #

    I still refer to da Cornet store in Makaha.

  41. 4G
    November 18th, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

    Hmm – Waipahu. The Waipahu sugar mill (is that even still around?)

  42. keoni
    November 18th, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

    One of the landmarks that stuck in my mind even from my first time on O’ahu are the smokestacks at the Kahe Point power plant. When I see them, I know I’m Wai’anae side!

  43. keoni
    November 18th, 2013 at 7:55 pm #

    I’m with many of you – I still think of Don Quijote as Holiday Mart.

  44. keoni
    November 18th, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

    @4G The smokestack is still there, but I think that’s all. Eh Linda, you live Waipahu area, can you fill us in?

  45. Mark'75
    November 18th, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

    Salt Lake streets with their Ala’s!

  46. NaPueo
    November 18th, 2013 at 8:49 pm #

    Haleiwa Theater and Royal Sunset Drive In are two that I used years after they were gone.

  47. Mark'75
    November 18th, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

    @NaPueo: Haleiwa Theater! Wow, your mention of it reminded me of some guy who dressed like a superhero to stop it from being torn down. Forgot about that.

  48. Mark'75
    November 18th, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

    Also, the large screen at Royal Sunset Drive In told me we were close to my aunty’s house in Honouliuli, in the middle of a cane field! Thanks for bringing these memories back!

  49. Rodney
    November 18th, 2013 at 10:29 pm #

    @eddyo – How to get to Kailua High School… When you come down the Pali, after you past the fountain that looks like a big empty thread spool across Castle Hospital, the next right – Don’t take it. Take the right after that one, then go straight in. If you pass Koolau Farmers – you went too far. Turn around in Kailua Town, head back up to Castle Hospital, make a U-turn and try again.

    Get um’ sally?

  50. Rodney
    November 18th, 2013 at 10:31 pm #

    @KAN – Windy’s in Kaneohe.

  51. M
    November 19th, 2013 at 6:15 am #

    Guud morning MLCers!

  52. KAN
    November 19th, 2013 at 7:12 am #

    @Rodney – Wow, Windy’s! The local police used to hide in the parking lot up there with radar guns. I haven’t thought about Windy’s in a long time.

    Ahuimanu with all the Hui streets! (I used to live there.)

  53. LINDA KATO
    November 19th, 2013 at 10:50 am #

    4G & Keoni, the smokestack is still there but it is now the new YMCA in Waipahu where hubby and our son work out every week to keep their body in shape. I have a hard time joining thinking of all that wet sweat all over the equipment……ewwwww…..

  54. LINDA KATO
    November 19th, 2013 at 10:52 am #

    Good morning MLCers :!: Happy Tuesday :!: :grin:
    Have a great day :!: :grin:

  55. LINDA KATO
    November 19th, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    Keoni: I still call Don Quijote, Daiei :!: :grin:

  56. LINDA KATO
    November 19th, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    Thank goodness for GPS on our son’s new iphone, the latest model….. when he is with us we find anything right away :!: Must get me one of those one day so I can post my food on FB like everyone else does :!: :lol:

  57. M
    November 20th, 2013 at 6:21 am #

    Guud morning MLCers :!:

  58. sally
    November 20th, 2013 at 7:39 am #

    The house I grew up in was described as “the house on the left where the sidewalk ends”. LOL It’s always been that way, to this day, the rest of the next 1 1/2 blocks do not have CC sidewalks on either side.

  59. Rodney
    November 20th, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

    Sears Distribution Center. Landmark when driving on the freeway.

  60. ankleBYTERS
    November 20th, 2013 at 6:39 pm #

    Shakey’s in Kaneohe…

  61. LINDA KATO
    November 21st, 2013 at 1:06 am #

    Good morning, MLCers :!: Happy Thursday :!: :grin:

    Have a great day :!: :grin:

    @ankles: Welcome to Hawaii :!: :grin: