Thanks for all the replies to the Old Time Summer Treats entry. That one was pretty active and so it strayed a bit, that’s okay! We’re here to share our memories – whatever they may be.
btw, I added a “Recent Comments” widget on the right side of the blog page so you can check if new comments were added to previous blog entries. Sometimes, the older entries takes on a life of it’s own and keeps going. That’s a good thing!
There were quite a few comments referring to neighborhood stores in people’s old stomping grounds – from Kapahulu to Waipahu to Ewa Beach. And even from the neighbor islands. So, I thought it would make logical sense to continue the conversation remembering our small kid time neighborhood stores.
Me, I grew up in Kailua. We didn’t really have neighborhood stores in the true sense like Ruger Market in Kapahulu or John’s Store in Liliha – stores that were located smack dab in the middle of homes. Everything was in Kailua town. But we did have neighborhood-like stores in Kailua town, such as Kuulei Malt Shop where they sold the best shave ice in Kailua. And a soda fountain with a huge rack of assorted candies located in the back of the store – behind the eating booths.
There is also Kalapawai Store which is located just at the entrance of Kailua beach. I guess you could call that a neighborhood store, but just across the street was a small mall where Foodland was – which is where Island Snow is located now – the one where President Obama stops by to get his shave ice fix.
Over in Aikahi, where I used to play little league baseball and hang out at friend’s houses, before the Aikahi shopping center was built, the only snacks around were the soda machine in the back of the Aikahi fire station and the candy machine located just inside the door of Pinky’s Broiler at the Pali Palms hotel.
But back to Kailua town, we did have Cornet, Stewart’s, Kress, Hugh’s Drugs, Oneawa Market, Harada Market, and Walrich Drugs to name a few. And remember when “head” stores popped up? The stores that sold incense, tapestry rugs, scented oils, bongs, black light posters, beads, and other hippy related items? I remember a store named “One Step Beyond“. And there was also “Mescalito’s” – that lived on in Kailua into the 80’s.
Paula remembers Panui Store on Liliha street in her neighborhood. In fact, her friend’s parents used to own the store – and lived upstairs of it. Panui store is still there today and open for business – although with different owners and has been retrofitted with air conditioning. On the other hand, John’s Store located further up Liliha street is still in it’s original form. Old wooden building with a concrete floor and no air conditioning. There is even the shave ice bench located outside for you to sit and enjoy your cool summer treat. I haven’t been there in a while – I wonder if the cat that sleeps on the stack of newspapers is still there…
What are some of the old neighborhood stores or eateries that your remember? What do you remember buying there? Ice cream? Shave ice? Candy? Crack Seed? Kist soda? Or maybe just hanging out under the steps as sally and friends did.