Neighborhood Stores

Jun 23, 2010

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.

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  1. Granny61
    June 24th, 2010 at 7:51 am #

    Cohiba:
    Good Luck play at California $5 slots the jumping diamonds or the 2x 3x 4x at the end near the tables
    I’m sure I’ll get a slice of that abalone haha

  2. Mark'75
    June 24th, 2010 at 8:27 am #

    @fishhead, yeah…was me. My sister and twin cousins were your classmates.

  3. visitor
    June 24th, 2010 at 10:08 am #

    Many don’t remember the Piggly Wiggly Market at the corner of Waialae/10th. It was there before King’s Garden Chinese Restaurant. Central Pacific Bank is at the location now.

    As kids we all knew Fuji’s Fishing Supply on Waialae. Let’s see: Stewart’s Pharmacy (w/fountain), 9th Ave. Bakery, W&M at 9th and Waialae, Tanoue Saimin. Many more places long gone…

    Rod – Maybe a MLC “encyclopedia” (now, isn’t that a MLC word…remember World Book?) of places in the past sorted geographically?

    Just a thought.

  4. M
    June 24th, 2010 at 10:29 am #

    Palowai Drive inn on Palolo ave. and Waialae ave. Hamburgers were .25 or 5 for a buck.

  5. visitor
    June 24th, 2010 at 10:31 am #

    @M – When waiting for the #9 Palolo Bus, used to go PaloWai, next to Nakamura Feed Store.

  6. sally
    June 24th, 2010 at 10:57 am #

    When Hee Hing was still a small restaurant we used to take out Wo Gau Gee Mein almost every Sunday. We’d take our own big stock pot and they filled our order. My job on the drive home was to make sure the cover stayed on the pot and nothing spilled. Big task when you’re only 7,8,9 yrs old.

    For special occasions my daddy took us to actually eat IN the restaurant. That’s when I could order my fave Shrimp Pineapple. nom nom nom!

  7. M
    June 24th, 2010 at 10:57 am #

    @visitor, I bought my pigeon feed and tags from Nakamura Feed store.

    Raced my Slot Cars at Jet Raceway before it became Chico’s Pizza and now City Mill..

  8. visitor
    June 24th, 2010 at 11:20 am #

    @M – I forgot about the raceway there. I used to go to Tom Thumb around where Lam’s Chinese Restaurant, Wholesale Unlimited or Chin’s Restaurant are now…across from Kahala Mall.

    When done, would walk to Jolly Roger for cheesy gal and strawberry slush.

    Also raced slot cars somewhere in the area of Kalakaua/Young.

  9. Kage
    June 24th, 2010 at 12:37 pm #

    Okay time fo represent some country in here. All you townies and winward peeps…he 😆

    Wahiawa had a few places. Not anywhere near where I grew up. Was all residential.

    Lets see. Lilian’s Store(sad story), Marigold Market, Sawada’s Store, B-Sweet, Masumoto Market, Big Way.

    We would only go if we were visiting family in the area or later when we could catch the bus on our own.

  10. Kage
    June 24th, 2010 at 12:40 pm #

    In Wahiawa there was a small drive in on Cane Street. The name escapes me, but I keep wanting to say Toppers. Later it turned into BeeHive then now it is a quick oil change place.

    Used to hang out there after classes in 7th grade. There was a game room across the street that was used as a substitute for Kaui on Magnum PI.

  11. Kage
    June 24th, 2010 at 12:42 pm #

    But the best place to get candy was the Rexall Drugs by Foodland in Wahiawa. It was air conditioned and the candy was not all soft on the hot days.

  12. Kage
    June 24th, 2010 at 12:45 pm #

    Marigold Market had closed by the time I started at Wahiawa Intermediate School. But a small store opened on the site and sold all kine snacks and drinks.

    We used to catch the bus in the morning. Get off at the school. Walk up the hill to the store. Walk back down to class. Lucky if we could do this before the first bell.

  13. Kage
    June 24th, 2010 at 12:46 pm #

    The only Wigwam I remember was on Dillingham.

  14. Kage
    June 24th, 2010 at 12:50 pm #

    There was a small store at the entrance to Wahiawa after you got off the airplane bridge. I think it was Tom’s Market. I remember being a bit scared to go inside because the building was so old.

  15. Kage
    June 24th, 2010 at 12:53 pm #

    What I miss the most are the bakeries. We had Kilani Bakery(still there), Shan’s Bakery (worlds bestest longjohns) and M’s Bakery (not our M, I tink)

    Shan’s used to have a buttertop bread that was so ono fresh neva need jelly or anyting else. Jelly was like an added bonus for that slice of bread.

  16. Rodney
    June 24th, 2010 at 12:53 pm #

    Thanks for representin’ Kage!

  17. Kage
    June 24th, 2010 at 12:54 pm #

    Okay I represented enough I figga.

    lunch hour about up so I gotta get back to work.

    Laters All.

    Have fun tomorrow at the fundraiser!

  18. M
    June 24th, 2010 at 1:01 pm #

    @Kage, there was a Wigwam on King st. across from the Old Stadium were Longs Drugs is now.

  19. Rodney
    June 24th, 2010 at 1:22 pm #

    Had Wigwam in Kailua too. I bought my first divers watch there. $12

  20. Rodney
    June 24th, 2010 at 2:14 pm #

    @Elapo – #89 – Thanks for finding us here! You got me hungry for saimin now!

  21. Ynaku
    June 24th, 2010 at 2:51 pm #

    FBI peeps, who remembers Tou Inn, Drop Inn, Mung Chung Lau, Sun Sun Lau? All gone. Miss the fuud.

  22. Ynaku
    June 24th, 2010 at 2:52 pm #

    Oh and Macayan Store, Wainaku Store and Ah Ping store in Wainaku?

  23. gretch
    June 24th, 2010 at 4:46 pm #

    Hey, Waipahu had one Wigwam, too! And we also had one supermarket called Emjay’s (I think it might have been an arm of Foodland, not sure.)

    @Linda Kato. Nope, I’m not related by blood to George Dean Studio, only thru the heart. And when Uncle Hide passed away, all Waipahu Town musta been there…

    @Linda Kato. Of Hale Niu fame! Would you (or rather, your husband) somehow be related to Fujiwara family who lived in Waipahu waaaaaay back?

  24. Kage
    June 24th, 2010 at 4:46 pm #

    Wahiawa had both Kress and Cornet.

    Kress had the colored popcorn and Icee.

    Cornet had popcorn and Icee too, but Kress was better. Cornet had a basement level. It was fun for a kid to know he is below street level. Not too many basements in Hawaii.

  25. Kage
    June 24th, 2010 at 4:49 pm #

    @gretch – where was Wigwam in Waipahu? I remember GEMS and Arakawas.

  26. Kage
    June 24th, 2010 at 4:49 pm #

    I believe Waipahu had a Cornet store too.

  27. Seawalker
    June 24th, 2010 at 4:56 pm #

    Okay, Liliha’s in the house…

    I remember Kunawai Fountain used to have these cups of juices for either a nickel or dime. But junk, they used to put too much ice–huge chunks. Nice paint job to that building recently, but the color ugly.

    Da haunas kim chee used to be on the corner of Kunawai and Liliha. Thank you @AP.

    Eh @Rod #83 – I’m not a photographer, but the lighting and background is excellent work. But…that picture, you guys look like Beauty and the Beast with the tux on. Just kidding. How’s the muffler on the jackhammer? Boy, back-in-the-days, I used to get annoyed just from the noise whenever the neighbors mowed or weed whacked the grass. But different now. I’m the one making the racket all the time.

    @LK – Think I’m going to read Kiyosaki’s second book too. Thank you very much!

  28. Kage
    June 24th, 2010 at 5:04 pm #

    Funny story about the Rexall Drugs in Wahiawa. We used to go there all the time when waiting for the bus. There was always this one lady that would follow everyone around the store and watch like a hawk. We would purposefully split up and walk in different areas all the time.

    Years later we are in High School or Intermediate School and walking to school. This lady drives up to us and asks if we want a ride. We politely said no.

    After she drives away we all trying to figure out who she was. Then it dawned on us. It was the lady from Rexall. Then we said good thing we neva go. She would probably dump our bodies somewhere in the pineapple fields for all the hassles we gave her in the past. nah, it was nice of her to offer, but the walk was not that far.

  29. Kage
    June 24th, 2010 at 5:09 pm #

    Oh and how could I forget…..

    Neighborhood stores. We had the Peterson Egg Farm down the street from our house. Probably only about 4 houses away. *deep breath* Oh that smell just takes me back to my childhood. Chickeedoo.

    They are still there selling eggs. It is the cheapest I find anywhere and you can not beat the freshness.

  30. gretch
    June 24th, 2010 at 5:09 pm #

    @Kage – Okay, Wigwam in Waipahu was up on Farrington Highway, Ewa bound, on the right hand side, in the shopping complex right after you passed Leeward Drive-In, but before you reached Gem’s. And that’s where Emjay Supermarket was, too!

    And, down by Arakawa’s on Depot Road, we also had Big Way Supermarket and Maruyasu Saimin Stand. But, of course, Horiuchi Saimin on Waipahu Street was winnahs!

  31. gretch
    June 24th, 2010 at 5:21 pm #

    Oh yeah, and like the other Wigwams, the Waipahu one became Pay & Save and then PayLess after that – I think…

    And @Kage, yes, Waipahu had Cornet, too, downside on Farrington Highway, across from what is now Tanioka’s. I remember my mom used to put me on the little one-seat Ferris Wheel dime-ride outside Cornet.

  32. KAN
    June 24th, 2010 at 5:49 pm #

    @Kage: Kane`ohe had Kress & Cornet too. Country peeps :-)

  33. LINDA KATO
    June 24th, 2010 at 6:00 pm #

    @sally, hiking today! Don’t be too tired to party tomorrow!

  34. LINDA KATO
    June 24th, 2010 at 6:01 pm #

    @Ynaku, thanks for the smilies! Someday I will figure out how to do that!!!

  35. LINDA KATO
    June 24th, 2010 at 6:02 pm #

    @ct, thanks for your business!

  36. LINDA KATO
    June 24th, 2010 at 6:04 pm #

    @91boz,so you’re the one who repaired my Sony TV over and over and over and over again, countless times! We finally bought another Sony TV from the same place in Waipahu where you work. So far so good, no repairs!

  37. LINDA KATO
    June 24th, 2010 at 6:04 pm #

    @91boz, and thanks for YOUR business too!

  38. Seawalker
    June 24th, 2010 at 6:05 pm #

    @Kage #128 – Haha, the cougars were roaming back then too, eh?

  39. LINDA KATO
    June 24th, 2010 at 6:06 pm #

    @gretch, we don’t know any Fujiwara’s in Waipahu.

  40. LINDA KATO
    June 24th, 2010 at 6:08 pm #

    @kage, the shell of the Cornet Waipahu store is still there. The backside of that building has lots of graffiti on it. It faces the parking lot of the Waipahu Civic Center where I work. I remember shopping there when they were in business.

  41. LINDA KATO
    June 24th, 2010 at 6:10 pm #

    @seawalker, if you are a fast reader you can summarize Kiyosaki’s 2nd book for me!

  42. LINDA KATO
    June 24th, 2010 at 6:13 pm #

    @Elapo, welcome back! Long time no post!

  43. LINDA KATO
    June 24th, 2010 at 6:15 pm #

    @Ocean Lover, what’s wrong with Zippy’s?! We eat there every day! Tonight’s mini turkey dinner was ono!!!

  44. Seawalker
    June 24th, 2010 at 6:15 pm #

    @LK – Depends if I can find it in the library. A penny saved is…

  45. ankleBYTERS
    June 24th, 2010 at 6:21 pm #

    Wooooo Hoooooo…….another 3 day weekend ❗

  46. LINDA KATO
    June 24th, 2010 at 6:23 pm #

    Did I answer everyone’s questions?

    Today our computers were down the entire day! And,tomorrow is furlough Friday. Try to do work without a computer! Oh well…..party time! I’ll worry about the huge backlog of work on Monday!

    Looking forward to meeting a bunch of you at the fundraiser event tomorrow!

  47. LINDA KATO
    June 24th, 2010 at 6:24 pm #

    @seawalker, if I knew you were that tight (just kidding), I would have bought you a copy for $2.99 at Borders last week!

  48. LINDA KATO
    June 24th, 2010 at 6:25 pm #

    @ankles….Whoo hoo, my sentiments exactly!!!

  49. ankleBYTERS
    June 24th, 2010 at 6:32 pm #

    The only “store” that I can remember is Coronets, Walrich Drugs, Kress, Honda Store and Yogi’s farm supply in Kaneohe. When we moved from N.C. to HI during my 7th grade, I use to hang out at Mr. Yogi’s place and help package the rabbit feed in 1 lb. brown paper bags. Deluxe Bakery was just next door and the smell of the baked goods was sooooo delicious. I think there was a bar next to it as I remember playing pin ball machines there.

    Tropicana Bowl was the place to hang out after school as a freshman at Castle. My friends would bowl and I would keep score for them. Green River and Green Onion or Shrimp chips ❗

  50. NaPueo
    June 24th, 2010 at 6:32 pm #

    @M and visitor; slot cars also on Waialae where Ace Hardware is.

    To those wondering old Lau Market now mainly beer. That’s just guessing from driving past.

  51. Mark'75
    June 24th, 2010 at 7:12 pm #

    Rodney, COhiba asked if you could send me his email address. Is that possible?

  52. Mark'75
    June 24th, 2010 at 7:46 pm #

    @M: Jet Raceway was big yeah? I remember my friends and I were all in awe over seeing “The Beard” Bob Lowry come up by us at the track and start racing! We spent more time at Kapahulu Tom Thumb though.

    @Sally, did you have the manapua at the old Hee Hing Restaurant? Thought it was the best.

  53. M
    June 24th, 2010 at 7:55 pm #

    @Mark’75, Jet Raceway was big and had the largest,longest and the most tracks in the state. That’s the only place I went to race my slots cars.

  54. Newman
    June 24th, 2010 at 8:03 pm #

    @Kage. Maybe a little bit before your time but there was also Tai Sing on the corner of California and Cane St. Had the glass cracked seed jars on out in front. And yeah, it was Topper
    s. Five hamburgers for a buck. The perfect after school snack for a growing boy. By Shan’s there used to be Okimoto Drugs with the high ceiling.

  55. fishhead
    June 24th, 2010 at 8:06 pm #

    Mark’75, good to hear from you. it’s been forty years and i’m glad that you’re doing ok. what is your sister and cousins doing now.

  56. Yv
    June 24th, 2010 at 8:19 pm #

    I remembered another good one. ….
    Jeanlu Toy Store in Kailua… They sold beautiful stuffed animals and high quality horses. It was sooooo nice. The owners kept the store so clean. I think they had models but I only liked the other items. We didn’t get a lot of toys and we enjoyed what we had and knew how lucky we were.

  57. fishhead
    June 24th, 2010 at 8:23 pm #

    MLCers: anyone remember on the back part of taxis in Waikiki was a beautiful girl in a bikini advertising Tanya Suntanning lotion. it was my first job making those signs at Display Designers in Kapahulu.

  58. Mark'75
    June 24th, 2010 at 8:29 pm #

    fishhead, my sister is distributing dairy products with her husband. One of the twins has an auto detailing business, the other lives in Oregon.
    I think last time I saw you was at Honsport Ala Moana.

  59. sally
    June 24th, 2010 at 8:38 pm #

    We should have a Kapahuly Reunion… we’ll all meet at Japanese School! LOL

    Only 8:30 and I’m fizzling out gang, I ‘ve been up since 4:30. After hiking I was playing domestic goddess and swithing off computer time with my daughter.

    See y’all tmw, whoever is going to Give2Live. Come see me for your name tag!

  60. gretch
    June 24th, 2010 at 8:39 pm #

    Oh, yeah, also in Waipahu had Tropical Drive-In and Tops Restaurant. AND…we also had the Sky-Slide!!! Now these were on the OTHER side of Farrington Highway (town-bound)…

    Eh, @Kage, do you recall in Wahiawa – Castner Dept. Store, Bata Shoe Store, Kamaaina Shoe Store?? Or these befo’ yo time?? (Sorry, somebody made me ask!)

  61. LINDA KATO
    June 24th, 2010 at 9:22 pm #

    @Sally, I’m the night owl but am fizzing out too since I was up until 1AM this morning.

    See you tomorrow, Rod plans to introduce me to all of you. Party time……see you soon…..

  62. C0hiba
    June 24th, 2010 at 9:53 pm #

    Finally a chance to be on topic. My ADD usually takes over and I can’t focus.
    Kapahulu: Stop and Shop, there had a friend that would go to the Dentist office next door and ring the door bell and run away. Come to think of it, his family owned Tanseido Drugs. Think one of our classmates family owned Stop and Shop. Nishida.
    Akita Store, now Domino’s Pizza. Jeffery was our classmate. Couldn’t hack it at Kaimuki so went to Punahou. lol
    You guys know Fishhead was our valedictorian.
    Sally, no laugh.
    I remember watching JFK parading down Kapahulu avenue right outside Kapahulu Drug Store.

  63. Rodney
    June 24th, 2010 at 10:05 pm #

    @Mark’75 – email sent. 😀

  64. LINDA KATO
    June 24th, 2010 at 10:05 pm #

    @COhiba, you still here?! Thought you were going Vegas?!

  65. dihudfan
    June 24th, 2010 at 11:12 pm #

    there was a little mom and pop store across the street from Kalihi Waena Elementary… a shave ice stand and lots of candies… you could actually buy candy for a penny and there was a variety of them, dried cuttle fish, red ika, seeds in big bottles, little trinket toys, waxed pickles but what I remember was they had little pies, custard, apple for a quarter and bread pudding for a nickle… shave ice with ice cream and beans… winnahs… good memories!!!

  66. 91boz
    June 24th, 2010 at 11:24 pm #

    Not a store but Gretch remember the Wailani Inn? I remember in the late 60’s, after a night out we would stop by for a snack, usually the wun ton min.

    @Linda Kato small world huh? Glad to hear that your new tv is fine and well.

  67. Mitsi
    June 24th, 2010 at 11:35 pm #

    I grew up right off Palama Street in Kalihi, in a little lane across from Toguchi service station (now a Tesoro) by Vineyard. We had several stores in that area, but my favorite one was OK Grocery on the corner of Palama and Kanoa, by Tamashiro Market. The building is still there, but I think it’s called Ohana Grocery now. There was also a cracked seed store on the same street, and I think it was called Loo’s Store. My mom would send me to OK Grocery after school (Likelike Elementary) to buy the Star Bulletin and milk. I remember buying those little multi-colored candy dots stuck to rolls of paper – you just grab it with your teeth and pull it off. Don’t know if that candy even had a name. Also those coke-bottle shaped wax thingies with liquid in them – I think it tasted like coke, too, but I used to stick the whole thing in my mouth and chew the wax and all. Hadn’t thought about that in ages . . .

  68. Rodney
    June 25th, 2010 at 12:22 am #

    @Mitsi – I see those stores on Palama street. That’s the shortcut I use to get to King St. Not much of a shortcut now, though. Lots of people use that street and the green light at King st. is short for cars waiting on Palama. But I still see those little stores there.

  69. LINDA KATO
    June 25th, 2010 at 1:05 am #

    @91boz, small world indeed! How did you choose your screen name? I wouldn’t know what name to use so I use my actual name.

  70. 91boz
    June 25th, 2010 at 7:00 am #

    Linda there’s nothing wrong with using your real name.

    My nickname growing up was always bozu or boz as in 2 giri giri bozu.

    91boz was my screen name on an Acura Legend forum. We used to have a 91 Acura Legend. I have been using that screen name ever since.

  71. Rob@96744
    June 25th, 2010 at 10:34 am #

    Where are the McCully MCL’ers??? I remember Alice’s Market where Waiola Shave Ice is now, the lady was real nice, she used to save baseball card packs for me. Also in the area was Freddy’s Market, on S. King where the McDonalds now stands. Across from that was Kitagawa Store, where they had shave ice better that Waiola’s and it was only 10 cents. They also sold some of the best cracked seed you could find. The owner was really nice. I remember him retiring cuz he said he was going into the apartment business. Near Lunalilo Elementary on Pumehana street was Shiwada store? where you could buy candy and seed or ice cakes for a nickel. And of course, last but not least was the famous “back store” behind Washington Intermediate where the BEST burgers in Hawaii EVER was sold for 25 cents.
    @Oceanlovers: They still make pixy stix. I se it once in awhile.
    @Cohiba #57, I remember Norman and Linda, the owner’s kids.

  72. gretch
    June 25th, 2010 at 4:59 pm #

    @91boz – Wailani Inn? Isn’t that where 7-11 is now? Is that the same place where a bar called The Sty was? And then there was Country Inn, where the American Savings Bank building by Times Supermarket is. You remember that little complex?? Wow, good memories!

  73. 91boz
    June 25th, 2010 at 8:26 pm #

    Yes Wailani inn closed and The Sty opened.

    Ah yes the good old days, Country Inn! Didn’t there used to be a steeple like a watch tower with the name country Inn?

    I remember when I was little my mom took me to a small store in that complex 2nd from Depot rd. across from where Shiro’s is now. As we entered this small store we were greeted with, “Hello”, “Hello” and we responded with “Hello” but could not see anyone around. “Hello what can I get you” we heard from the register area. We looked around the register area and soon realized that we were talking to a Mynah bird.

    Remember Clocks drive Inn? They used to make a great teri steak burger and great cole slaw.

  74. LINDA KATO
    June 26th, 2010 at 12:44 am #

    @91boz, that sure was a cute explanation!

    Hope all is going well in your life!

  75. gretch
    June 26th, 2010 at 3:00 pm #

    Hi @91boz! Oh, man, I cannot remember the steeple thing for Country Inn (I was one real small-kid that time, actually!) And that’s a funny story with the mynah bird! I DO remember my older sister used to take piano lessons at a music store in that complex, and my mom bought my sister’s guitar from that same store.

    Whoa! Clock’s Drive-In! Haven’t thought about that place in such a long time! We used to eat tacos from there. And then my mom would take us to go watch movies at Royal Sunset Drive In!!! OK, talk w/you on the other side!

  76. weke
    June 27th, 2010 at 1:41 pm #

    I remember a store next to pet shop and kamuki theater sold sweet flat cuttle fish.

  77. weke
    June 27th, 2010 at 1:49 pm #

    Aiea had a Kurashige store the biggest sweet mui. Okamura’s had the best fried noodles and candy next to Aiea theater. Kanda”s below the mill. Forty Niners homemade burgers and saimin.

  78. gretch
    June 27th, 2010 at 4:36 pm #

    @weke – Wow, Aiea had a theater?? I’m from Waipahu, but my grandma’s house is up Aiea Heights (where I’ve lived the last 4.5 years). But we always came up Gram’s house for dinner every Sunday (& went home after Wonderful World of Disney was pau), so we were in Aiea a lot! I never heard anybody talk about one theater. But I used to go Speedy’s market! My mom says she thinks the theater was around that area…

  79. weke
    June 27th, 2010 at 6:41 pm #

    @gretch- It was across Speedy’s. There was a Aiea Store and below a pool hall like china town.

  80. weke
    June 27th, 2010 at 6:49 pm #

    @gretch-I went to the store at waipahu with my grandmother across August Ahrens.

  81. Dean
    June 29th, 2010 at 5:19 pm #

    Okada store was just up the street from where we lived. It was on the corner of Campbell Avenue and Hayden Street. Mom used to send us there if we only needed one or two things. Otherwise she would get groceries from Times Supermarket on King Street in McCully.

    I had a vivid recurring dream of getting lost on the way home from Okada Store. In the dream, Hayden Street would be blocked by a huge pile of grass clippings. When I tried to climb over it some orange goo would ooze out from the pile.

    Right before we moved out of Kapahulu in 1970, I saw Okada store bulldozed. A victim of a changing economy? An apartment building stands there now.

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