More Ala Moana Memories Gone…

May 29, 2011

Two more stores at Ala Moana Center will become just MLC memories.


The Crack Seed Center closed it’s doors this past weekend.


And the Cathedral Gift Shop will be closing it’s doors in a couple of weeks.


As long as I can remember, the Cathedral Gift Shop was always in the same spot.  However, I remember when the Crack Seed Center used to be located just a couple of doors down from the Cathedral Gift Shop, somewhere around where the center stage is now, close to where Ed & Don’s Ice Cream Parlor used to be.


Sadly, there aren’t too many original merchants left at Ala Moana center anymore.  :sad:


But if you could bring back shops from the old Ala Moana center days – which store(s) would you like to see return to the mall?


One store that I always had fun exploring was Iida’s – on the street level corner across of the old sandbox.  There was a certain smell in Iida’s.  I think it was the packing material of all the goods that they imported from Japan.  I could spend an hour browsing inside of Iida’s looking at all the goods – from trinket key-chains to scrolls to samurai swords to Japanese art supplies to ceramic dishware.  And a whole lot more.


Another store I wouldn’t mind returning to Ala Moana center would be the San Francisco Rag Shop.  They had the coolest “threads” and hired only the hottest looking chicks and guys.


So what merchant(s) do you remember from back in the day at Ala Moana Center would you wish for – to return back at the mall?


Okay, I know we’re all MLC and the memory is kinda fuzzy, so I’ll help you out with a list of olden day stores at Ala Moana.  This was taken from an earlier blog post.  The names in parenthesis is to give credit to the posters who remembered the stores.


  • Mall Level, Sears, Mauka side
    • Woolworth’s (me)
    • Hartfield’s (Sally)
    • McInerny (Shawn)
    • Longs (snow)
    • Foxmoor (snow)
    • Chandler’s Shoes (Aunty Paula)
  • Mall Level, Sears, Makai side
    • Reyn’s (me)
    • Hopaco-upstairs (Mattt)
    • Sato Clothiers (hemajang)
    • Ming’s Jewelers (Mike in Waipio)
    • Leed’s Shoes (snow)
    • San Francisco Rag Shop (snow)
    • Andrades Womens (opso)
    • Andrades Mens (opso)
    • Singer – upstairs (Aunty Paula)
    • Ed & Dons candy store (snow)
    • Hino’s Fabrics (Aunty Paula)
    • Security Diamond (Konaish)
    • Ethel’s Dress Shop (manoa_mist)
    • Sans a Belt (Shoyu Burner)
    • Ross Sutherland Clothier (fishhead)
    • Eleanor’s Beauty Shop (Kaimuki Tita)
  • Mall Level, Liberty House, Mauka side
    • Penney’s (me)
    • Ritz (hemajang)
    • Carol & Mary (snow)
    • Leilani Gift Shop (sally)
    • Hallmark Jewelers (visitor)
  • Mall Level, Liberty House, Makai side
    • Kramer’s (me)
    • Villa Roma (M)
    • Wildflowers (snow)
    • Robins (snow)
    • Pocketbook Man (opso)
    • Otahiete (Coconut Willy)
    • Thom McAnn (M)
    • Musashiya – 1st location (visitor)
    • Carousel (Aunty Paula)
    • Center Art Gallery (Aunty Paula)
    • Conrad Jewelers (Konaish)
    • Gallenkamp Shoes (sally)
    • Paul’s Jewerly (visitor)
    • Standard Shoe Store (Fishhead)
    • Bartley’s (Fishhead)
    • Myrna Loy (Nate)
  • Street Level, Sears, Mauka side
    • Woolworth’s (me)
    • The Butler’s Pantry (NaPueo)
    • Wong’s Okazuya (snow)
    • Sera’s Surf & Shore (snow)
    • Petland (David in Oregon)
    • Joe Pacific Shoe Repair (David in Oregon)
    • Iida’s (Matt)
    • Pete’s Model Craft – 2nd location (NaPueo)
    • Musashiya – 2nd location (NaPueo)
    • Coral Reef Restaurant (Shoyu Burner)
    • DJ’s Sound City (me)
  • Street Level, Sears, Makai side
    • India Imports (me)
    • Lynn’s Delicatessen (Matt)
    • Hopaco-downstairs (Matt)
    • Gifts of the Orient (marcorbito)
    • Party Center (M)
    • Down Under Bar (CoastHaole)
    • Hotei-Ya (David in Oregon)
    • Thom’s Barber Shop (marcorbito)
    • Foodland (snow)
    • McDonalds (snow)
    • Crazy Shirts (C0hiba)
    • Seiko Store (David in Oregon)
    • Singer – downstairs (C0hiba)
    • Dunkin’ Donuts (snow)
    • Al Phillips the Cleaner (snow)
    • Cardland in Foodland (NaPueo)
    • Poi Bowl (M)
    • Banquet Rooms (David In Oregon)
    • Morrow’s Nut House (Konaish)
  • Street Level, Liberty House, Mauka side
    • Penney’s (me)
    • Honsport [Honolulu Sporting Goods] (Matt)
    • Vim N Vigor (David in Oregon)
    • Hino’s (snow)
    • Hackfield’s Restaurant (David in Oregon)
    • Sera’s Surf & Shore – 1st location (snow)
    • Dairy Queen (snow)
    • Pet Center (Aunty Paula)
    • Eki Cyclery – 2nd location (Ekibike)
    • Jon’s (Fishhead)
    • Newcomb Tennis Shop (Fishhead)
    • Seafarer Leather (Shoyu Burner)
    • Fumi’s (Aunty Paula)
    • Sera’s 1st location (Aunty Paula)
  • Street Level, Liberty House, Makai side
    • Keiki Land (me)
    • Slipper House (snow)
    • Bella Italia (ducksinthewind, Hoopfan)
    • Tsuki’s salon (snow)
    • Byron II (C0hiba/David in Oregon)
    • La Cocina (snow)
    • Tahiti Imports (Konaish)
    • Eki Cyclery (Konaish)
    • Jeans Machine (Konaish)
    • Patti’s Chinese Kitchen (Ekibike)
    • Orange Julius (Ekibike)
    • Hickory Farms (Ekibike)
    • Fiddler’s (Ekibike)
    • Wiki Wiki Coffee Shop (Ekibike)
    • Jane’s Coffee Shop (MLC moment)
    • Irene’s Gifts (Shoyu Burner)
    • Farrells (JM2375)
    • Olde Vienna Bake Shop (cj)
  • Center Level, Sears side
    • House of Music (me)
    • Honolulu Book Shop (BananaFysh)
    • Francis Camera (David in Oregon)
    • IIda’s (Matt)
    • Dunkin’ Donuts – 1st location (konaish)
    • Philippine Imports (Me)
  • Center Level, Liberty House side
    • Crack Seed Center (me)
    • Paniolo Trading Co. (snow)
    • Ala Moana Stamp & Coin (David in Oregon)
    • Cathedral Gift Shop (David in Oregon)
    • Ed & Don’s Ice Cream (Masako)
    • Watamull’s (David in Oregon)
    • Tobaccos of Hawaii (losthawaiian)
    • Chantelle’s Jewelry (snow)
And speaking of things that will soon become just a memory – the FINAL 70’s Nightclub Reunion is coming up in 2 weeks (June 11th).  Tickets are still available in the Garden Lanai ballroom.  Although there is only a couple of big screens in the Garden Lanai ballroom showing the bands playing, you can always go to the main ballroom, take your drink, and stand up against the wall – just like the old Point After days.  😉
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125 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Rodney
    May 31st, 2011 at 11:24 pm #

    When Ala Moana had their 50th Anniversary, they opened up a vacant store and had pictures and ads from the old Ala Moana. So I took my camera there and took pictures of the pictures.

    I think I have one of the Skirts ‘n Blouses store too. Someplace.

  2. DIO
    May 31st, 2011 at 11:38 pm #

    marry the MLC with the new. One of those electronic photo frames showing MLC era pics. 😀

  3. matt
    June 1st, 2011 at 6:05 am #

    add me in the list of Iida’s fans. also honsport, honolulu bookstore and lyn’s

  4. M
    June 1st, 2011 at 6:29 am #

    Guud morning MCLers!

  5. ankleBYTERS
    June 1st, 2011 at 6:47 am #

    McInerny’s – remember buying my formal wear for a prom from them.

    There use to be a Chinese restaurant near where the post office is currently located. We’d have lunch there during our break from Sears on Sundays.

    June 1st, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    Good morning MLCers ❗ Happy Wednesday, the first day of June ❗ 😀

  7. PA
    June 1st, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    geez all we have are memories no pattys no crack seed center
    india imports black light posters i remember going into shirokiya
    once or twice it had a really different smell to it

  8. M
    June 1st, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

    Was the Continental Restaurant mentioned? It was where the center stage is today.

  9. ankleBYTERS
    June 1st, 2011 at 3:54 pm #

    Moooooooosic time…..

    Social Distortion – Gimme The Sweet And Lowdown

  10. ankleBYTERS
    June 1st, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    Ashley Arrison – Hearts on parade

  11. ankleBYTERS
    June 1st, 2011 at 3:59 pm #

    Cascades – Rhythm of the Rain (live 2005)

  12. ankleBYTERS
    June 1st, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    Roy Orbison – Oh, Pretty Woman (live)

  13. ankleBYTERS
    June 1st, 2011 at 4:12 pm #

    Westlife -Swear it again

  14. ankleBYTERS
    June 1st, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

    Filter – Hey Man, Nice Shot

    June 1st, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    Good afternoon everyone ❗ 😀

    ankles: Thanks for the music ❗ Nice memories here tonight ❗ 😀

  16. DIO
    June 1st, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

    ankles: Roy Orbison, good choice. I saw that concert on dvd, it was cool. There’s so many “stars” playing up there, including Elvis’ guys from the TCB Band. 😀

  17. ct
    June 1st, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

    Good evening all …

  18. ct
    June 1st, 2011 at 8:41 pm #

    @ankles – you da man … who cannot get rocked up with “Pretty Woman” … tanks eh

  19. ct
    June 1st, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

    man … Ala Mo’s … yep … lida’s was a great place to go … if you needed to pick up a tea set … or some laquer trays or bowls …

  20. ct
    June 1st, 2011 at 8:48 pm #

    okay … that’s lacquer …

  21. ct
    June 1st, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

    But now you guys got me thinking about Lyn’s pastrami sandwiches … hmmmm … when was the last time I had a pastrami sandwich …

    And somehow I remember Ed & Don’s and the first time I ate peppermint ice cream … was there at Ed & Don’s.

    The music store and the book store … wow … that was a long time ago … and yep … bought shoes from Robins (Famolare’s) and Thom McAnn … and who didn’t get one of those engraved wallets from Pocketbook Man … and Kramer’s … remember those silky shirts … and Angel Flights …

    @Rodney … and Penney’s was one of my favorite stores … bought my first suit from there … (excluding the Saturday Night Fever suit from Two Rebels over at Ward Warehouse … another day)

  22. DIO
    June 1st, 2011 at 9:41 pm #

    JC Penney’s? Now that brings back memories. We still have a few stores here in my neck of the woods, so I can still shop there. The one thing that I remember about both Penney’s and moreso Sears, was the catalogs. As a kid I used to love thumbing through the catalogs. Somehow looking at things online just isn’t the same as seeing things on paper. 😀

  23. ankleBYTERS
    June 2nd, 2011 at 5:34 am #

    Man what a drive over from the BEEG island ❗ SUN burnt to heck thou, GF was smart and wore a sombrero all the way over 😎 I thought I was gonna do another Earnhardt Jr. and run out of gas somewhere near Palau 😳 (hey, I like to take the looooooong way in the vette)…fortunately there was a oil tanker with Sunoco gas who refilled my tank for me…not bad, getting 400 nautical miles using gas/sails. We made a stop at the Bikini Atoll…didn’t see anyone with bikinis on but their hamburgers were glowing

    In my haste to leave, all I had was one CD, with just one song on it, 18 times…Rodney already gave you a hint on who it is…XM satellite doesn’t work too well out in the middle of the ocean. 😡 I think my GF was ready to use the CD as a reflector and shine it at the overhead jets (5 miles up) so she could be rescued from the constant ..I wonder if it was a dream, remember how you drove me crazy, remember how I made you scream…

    You know, if we were trailering a barge behind us as we drove through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, we would be millionaires after recycling it. I’m glad we only hit the edge of it was plastic, as far as our eyes could see ❗

    We stopped by the Supa Fairy dock (I told you I take the long way) to see if Ynaku needed a lift….seems he was finally picked up after years of waiting. I need to equip the vette with VOG lights, the fog lights are useless, and snow fall tires 😉

    HNL finally ❗ Now to go through Agriculture scanning…just a bunch of Trader Joe’s omiyage and t-shirts 😆

    Oh oh….stuck in the parking lot called H-1, gonna BEE last…one question….whea you guys stay ❓ No such location as cyber-luau on my GPS ❗ I think GPS needs the pidgin update…I better call 5-0, I hope Kelly Whooo….err, the buff Grace Park answers 😆 Need to fillup first….WWD 😯 $4.00/gal ❗ I shoulda gone to Costco ❗ I need to turn off all of my electronic devices… to you laters….cYa

  24. ankleBYTERS
    June 2nd, 2011 at 5:50 am #

    Whooops ❗ the previous should be on the birthday blog….

  25. Yv
    June 3rd, 2011 at 11:15 pm #

    I remember HOPACO and that candle store that also sold twist sugar candy from glass jars. Bayberry candles. Fun times.

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