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August 29, 2002

Stores that I miss

I know it's been awhile but whatever happen to the Rand McNally store at Ala Moana?

Granted I am not much of a jet setting traveler but I sure missed this store, with the maps of places, travel books and traveling supplies.

I also miss the Nature Company store.

Any other stores that you miss?

Posted by Helen at August 29, 2002 09:30 PM


Posted by NemesisVex on August 30, 2002 3:36 AM:

Paradise City Records. It's a beauty salon now. Had some really great bootlegs. Found Duran Duran's "The Medicine" (b-sides and outtakes from "Big Thing) and "Gemini" (NYC, Feb. 13, 1993) there.

Posted by Albert on August 30, 2002 8:26 AM:


Posted by Aaron on August 30, 2002 9:08 AM:

The old Jelly's on Piikoi St. across from Ala Moana.

Posted by sun on August 30, 2002 11:23 AM:

Liberty House...strangely.

Posted by Stella on August 30, 2002 4:41 PM:

UltraPlus, the anime store at University Avenue (and later, next door to Tower Records before it became a trashy Korean lingerie store). Always good for anime stuff (even though their prices for Ranma 1/2 gear were outrageous), and I still give them props for putting that figurine of Crayon Shinchan with his pants down on the storefront.

The old R. Field store in Ward Center (now Kaka`ako Kitchen, after Bernard's New York Deli closed down) - a guilty pleasure for my then-20 year old self, because I was never old enough to even taste some of the foofoo wines they had on board.

I was also going to mention Pay'n'Save (later Longs) in Moili`ili, as well as a few good stores for tea and spices that have since closed down. And, oh yes, Coffee Manoa - even though I've since forgiven Starbucks for having a hand in closing the place down.

By the by, that branch of Jelly's near Ala Moana was the first used-book-and-record store I ever visited in my life. (Second visit to Hawaii. Discovered Shel Silverstein while my brother looked for comic books.)

Posted by julia on August 30, 2002 5:10 PM:

Okay, this is probably not the place for it, but I have a story about the piikoi jelly's.

When I was in high school I didn't have my own car. I had to drive the cool family mini-van all over. I spent many afternoons at Jelly's. Remember the parking lot - how you had to go through the lifting arm thing to park, and then if there was no parking in front, you had to drive out to the back and park in this lot that was kind of shared with these touristy van/bus things?

Well when you leave the lot, you had to go past the parking lot guy and give him your parking ticket thing. One day I backed my cool cool minivan into a parking stall. I was super careful, there were cars everywhere and I didn't want to hit any. And I didn't. I got out of my car and the scary parking lot attendant gets out of his little telephone booth with a chair, and walks over to me. He asks me if I hit the car behind me. I told him no. He asks again, this time asking if I'm sure. Of course I didn't hit anything. I surely would have known!

Anyhow, that's my story about Jelly's Piikoi.

I never said it would be good.

Posted by macpro on August 30, 2002 7:08 PM:

Jelly's - Jelly's moved to several locations before Norm Winter had to sell it... and it became Cheapos.

The Jelly's store at 404 Piikoi (where KHON TV is now) was the best because parking was plentiful and the store was next to Job Lot and Records Hawaii... so like there were other places to check out with Jelly's still being the main focus. One of the best things about Jelly's were their sidewalk sales where vinyl records were put on sale for up to 7 LPs for a dollar. I bought a lot of records back then... this was during the time when CDs were slowly but surely transiting vinyl out of the market... a lot of people sold their old vinyl records to Jellys....

Also at that time, Records Hawaii was a fairly good place to find older records in new condition.

Job Lot had a lot of cheap trinkets and stuff...

Other stores....

Woolworth's... good variety and prices..

Kress... variety, prices and that special popcorn smell.

Cinerama Theater, Royal Theater, Kuhio Theater... all of them the last of the single big screen movie theaters... all gone now.

Posted by macpro on August 30, 2002 7:10 PM:

Forgot to mention that Jelly's is now a new store with the old ambience out in Pearl City owned and operated once again by Norm and his wife.

Posted by Linkmeister on August 30, 2002 7:49 PM:

Lums restaurant in Pearlridge, across from Anna Millers where Territorial Savings is now. And the other location on University. Seasoned fries before they were big.

We could do twelve pages on former restaurants, I think. ;)

Posted by Vivi on August 30, 2002 8:28 PM:

The old Ritz Department Store downtown. I remember running up and down stairs while my mom browsed for clothes. I couldn't have been more than 4 or 5 years old at the time. Also there was the Kress right across in Fort Street Mall. I remember getting many a Halloween costume there, as well as a ton of books.

Daiei when they were still Holiday Mart, with cars driving around with those flowery stickers to get discounts on gas there.

Pay-n-Save, of course

Oh, and the King Theater, which was the only place I got to see movies when I was little

Posted by Ryan on August 30, 2002 10:10 PM:

The original Kuni Dry Goods. The Jelly's on Piikoi (thanks, Macpro, for the memories!).

And yes, Pay-n-Save. They wanted so bad to be Longs, but they never were, and thank god for that.

Restaurants would be a whole 'nother thread. Just off the top of my head, I'm thinking Taco Time in Mililani, the old King's Bakery, the old Columbia Inn...

Posted by Stella on August 30, 2002 11:15 PM:

The original Kuni Dry Goods.

I was actually going to mention this, too - Kuni's hasn't been the same since they moved to the smaller stall on King Street while Kinko's took over the old space on the corner of S. King and University. (Very important landmark, IMO.) Memories of frosh year, when I would waste numerous weekend afternoons poring over the huge hard-bound Vogue and Butterick catalogs at the store - for some reason or another (well, I was in a relationship at that time... or so I thought) I also went through a phase where I was drooling all over the wedding-gown catalogs.

And, um, I hope this doesn't, like, give me away or anything, but remember when the current location of Papa John's on McCully used to house that big sex store which Andy Mirikitani helped shut down back in the late '90s?

Speaking of dens of iniquity: How about mourning lost bars and nightclubs? I still remember when they used to have that super-trashy underage nightclub where Cheapo's is right now at Puck's Alley (while it used to be Jelly's at Market City), and when the nightclub next door used to be Moose McGillycuddy's before it became Liquid and now East Side Grill. Blue Zebra at Restaurant Row, Studebaker's at Aloha Tower, The Groove at Nimitz... and, um, the original Hula's.

Posted by Albert on August 31, 2002 8:36 AM:

How about mourning lost bars and nightclubs?

Hot Lava Cafe. Bedroq is a lousy replacement.

And the much lamented original site for Hula's.

Posted by helen on August 31, 2002 9:16 AM:

Somebody want to start another entry about old restaurants?

Posted by julia on August 31, 2002 9:38 AM:

Inserection. Before, when it was a surf shop, I worked in a flower shop just around the corner.

Stella, you naughty girl.

Posted by Linkmeister on August 31, 2002 11:46 AM:

Old bars??? Boyds, on the ground floor of the Alexander Young Hotel. Bobby Acoba was the bartender; that dopey torpedo (that still is making the rounds, I think)was in the wall for a while. Many a Friday evening spent there after working at HPU's registrar's office all day.

Posted by helen on August 31, 2002 8:17 PM:

Legionaries, a board game/comic store that used to be on Dillingham Blvd, then on Aiea Shopping Center.

Posted by macpro on August 31, 2002 8:58 PM:

How about the old computer stores that were all over town... Software Plus, MicroAge Computer, Software Library, Computerland, many others... I knew most of the stores where they sold Apple computers including early Macintoshes.

I bought my 2nd Mac from MicroAge.

I am sure all the old DOS, CPM, and other operating systems users will remember several more stores... I once went with my friend to check out some old Kaypro computers back in 1983 at some computer store on Ala Moana blvd.. and it wasn't Comp USA....

Speaking of which, Comp USA bought the 2 Computer City superstores a few years ago. Remember that?

Posted by helen on August 31, 2002 9:15 PM:

I remember Software Plus! How's about Data-1 (if you ever owned an Atari or a Commodore you would know about this store)?

Posted by helen on August 31, 2002 9:20 PM:

I remember Software Plus! I also remember Data-1 (which sold Atari and Commodore computers back in the early 1980's).

Posted by Sean C. on August 31, 2002 10:14 PM:

I live in Hilo now but...I was saddened when I heard that they closed Craig's Bakery in Kailua, my hometown. I am really gonna miss those donut holes..

Posted by Stella on August 31, 2002 11:56 PM:

Stella, you naughty girl.

Well, all I can say is, I think I should spare this board my thoughts about Suzie's moving to Waipahu.

Anyway, topic... I'm beginning to miss the old House of Music at Ala Moana.

Posted by Kurt on September 1, 2002 7:35 AM:

shoot, i just got through tripping down memory lane with the restaurants thread, and now i see this!?

It seems everyone has a Jelly's story, had no idea what an institution they were. I bought most of my import records there, amassed a huge collection, and when I left in 1986 I took the whole thing back down to Jelly's, and Norm said something like "oh boy, you going to clear us out today". Got something like $400 from him that day. Before they moved to Piikoi, wasn't Jelly's at the corner of Kapiolani and Keeaumoku? Or was that some other record store? (No, I'm not thinking of Tower's a block or two up on the other (Diamond head) side of Keeaumoku.)

On King, just by the Cinerama, there were two used bookstores kitty corner from each other, the one in that medical office building named Froggies and the other one I can't remember. A tall guy used to work in there and I later recognized him in Poi Dog Pondering with Frank Orral (anybody remember Hat Makes the Man, house band at the Wave?)

Speaking of record stores, long ago (we're talking pre-1976) a store on Kapiolani near KGMB called maybe "Edible Vinyl" (or "Vinyl something"). Across the street, some skateboard/surf shop I bought my first skateboard at (along with surf posters of Gerry Lopez and the like).

House of Music gone? Ah, about the only place I could find sheet music when I was taking piano lessons.

Speaking of Ala Moana, there was some clothing store that went out of biz around 1985, I want to say Mervyns but I know that's the name of a California chain so I'm probably getting confused. Near Shirokiya and Liberty House.

Is San Francisco Rag Company still around?

Is Hakubundo still around? And there was a fishing store in the same strip mall. This was on Keeaumoku I'm pretty sure.

What about Everybodys Markets, I think that's what they were called, there was one on Kapiolani and McCully, and another one in Liliha I think. For some reason it was my dad's grocery store of choice and I remember we'd go there after he picked us up from school. My first shoplifting experience (i'm not too proud to say) was at Everybody's, my bro and I would use pocket knives to slit open the back of Loves bread packages, so we could take the free stickers being given away in each loaf (of what, I have no recollection).

Since bars were mentioned, is Anna Banana's still around?

Posted by helen on September 1, 2002 10:37 AM:

Jellys was at Kapiolani and Keeaumoku in sort of run down blue building. That got torn down and there is a commerical building now, I think it's called the Pacific Guardian Life Building.

For the other bookstore on King Street, I sort of remember it was a new age themed bookstore but they sold comics and other books and I just can't remember the name too.

Posted by Stella on September 1, 2002 11:33 AM:

Kurt, Anna Bannanas is still pretty much around, and nothing about the place has changed at all! The only thing that's new is the management, who also took the liberty of improving the menu.

House of Music gone? Ah, about the only place I could find sheet music when I was taking piano lessons.

House of Music was on a downward decline since it moved from the street level to the new third floor at Ala Moana before it was finally closed down for good. (Somewhat true story: If it's true that the members of Pure Heart are ex-House of Music employees, I would like to apologize to Jake Shimabukuro for being an annoying customer and holding up the cash register when I didn't have ID.)

Hakubundo - now on Kapiolani Boulevard, close to American Savings and Papa John's.

Froggies - AKA the other used book-and-album store my sister used to take me and my brother to whenever we wanted to hang out during our family vacations in Hawaii. Loved the name, miss the store.

As for my Jelly's story... well, check out the one I told in the classic rock thread. I now live next to the Market City area and it still trips me out that the place where I first bought Manic Panic hair dye is now the same place where I get yarn for my crochet projects.

And, oh yeah, in case you missed Norm's commercials - BIG LABOR DAY SALE at Jelly's in Aiea this weekend!!

Posted by macpro on September 1, 2002 12:01 PM:

Jellys was at Kapiolani and Keeaumoku in sort of run down blue building.

That got torn down and there is a commerical building now, I think it's

called the Pacific Guardian Life Building.

That building was once the home to a store that sold only light bulbs, light fixtures and lamps.... after it closed or moved, Jelly's moved there. They stayed until they were booted and moved to 404 Piikoi.

The Haseko Company out of Japan developed that place to construct the Haseko Building as it was first known..

Froggies and the other one I can't remember.

The other store a couple of feet away from the Cinerama on the corner of King and Kalakaua was Interlude Books & Music. Both it and Froggies were regular stops in the days of hunting for music at bargain prices... just down King Street towards University was Hungry Lion Records. I believe Odyssey Records were also there for a short while before moving to the building on the corner of Keeaumoku & Makaloa where Tower Records is now.

Anyone remember The Record Museum in Downtown Honolulu?

Posted by macpro on September 1, 2002 12:04 PM:

I need to correct Hungy Lion Records (from previous post) to Hungry EAR Records... there.

Posted by scrivener on September 1, 2002 3:09 PM:

I wandered into Jelly's on Kapiolani/Keeaumoku during the summer after my 8th grade year, 1983. I thought I was in heaven! The concept of a store selling used records had never even occurred to me. That summer, I purchased Styx's Pieces of Eight, Jackson Browne's Hold Out, a bunch of Frank Marino stuff (which I never really liked), Crosby, Stills, and Nash's CSN and Deja Vu, and several others I still have.

When they moved to 404 Piikoi, next to the waterbed store with all the great radio commercials, I thought they got even better.

By the way, Records Hawaii became the statewide, unofficial Menudo Stuff Headquarters in the mid-eighties. Then they moved to Beretania, in the same building as Owen and Owen photography, where they stuck it out for several more years, not closing their doors permanently until just a couple of years ago.

Jelly's moved to Keeaumoku, in that maze of stores that's sort of a Little Korea now, when I was in college, then to Market City, and then to Puck's Alley. I've spent thousands of dollars there, not to mention thousands of hours, and I'm pretty sure the time I spent there was more valuable to me than the music I've accumulated as a result. The simple act of flipping through the bins has taught me as much about music as the music itself. And the reasonable prices allowed me to explore bands and genres I might otherwise have only read about.

For a little while, there was a used record shop, called Purple Haze, in the old Froggies/Cinerama building. The guy who owned the place had some really great stuff, including boots, but his prices were a bit high. He reopened in Kakaako for a little while, but then disappeared.

Froggies made a brief reappearance on Keeaumoku, right around the time Jelly's was in the same area. It was in the building adjacent to Likelike Drive-In, I think, and I found some great stuff there, including the Ideola CD, Tribal Opera, which I gave to a friend. The CD routinely sells for 60 to 80 bucks on eBay now.

Other places I miss are the old Corner Pocket, across the street from Puck's Alley, the Museum Company at Ala Moana, the Chairman of the Board at Pearl Ridge (it was a short-lived games shop), Hilo Bay Billiards (previously Big Mama Oyama's) in Hilo, the arcade in the Mitsukoshi Building, the SkySlide in Waipahu (the one in Mapunapuna was too far away for me), Castle Park, Country Lanes Bowling Alley in Waipahu, Skateland in Pearl City, Skateworld in Waipahu, and Bakery K (where Golden Duck is now).

Man, I'm depressed!

Posted by Linkmeister on September 1, 2002 4:01 PM:

"Man, I'm depressed!"

Nah, just older; happens to all of us...;)

Posted by Kurt on September 1, 2002 7:22 PM:

I don't know, I'm older and depressed! Can't believe someone else remembers the arcade in the Mitsukoshi building. Many a Space Invaders came was played there. hey speaking of bowling alleys, anyone remember the old bowling alley near city hall, next to The Bus lot I think.

Posted by helen on September 3, 2002 8:15 AM:

I used to remember an arcade at Manoa Marketplace close by the post office. Used to play Rampage over there.

Posted by 7train on September 3, 2002 8:22 AM:

I remember the arcade at the Mitsukoshi building too! I always liked going up the escalator and seeing that cool fountain. Spent lots of $ there on Asteroids, Space Invaders, Galaxian... And then there was the arcade at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, and there was another little hole-in-the-wall arcade on Kuhio(I think), they used to only have Space Invaders and that other game put out by the same company, forgot the name. Oh the mamories!

Posted by hayneyz on September 3, 2002 10:42 AM:

The store I miss most is Arakawa's.

I remember the way you had to go sideways down the aisles and there was always lots to see and, of course, buy!

Since I was still young the last time I went, maybe it was just my perception that it was cramped, but I sure loved it.

Posted by julia on September 3, 2002 12:50 PM:

Hey macpro - I remember the compusa/computer city buyout all too well, as I was an employee at ward cc at the time. It was bad times, especially the day we showed up for work to find that we were no longer open. We knew it was coming, just didn't know quite when.

Posted by Kurt on September 3, 2002 5:18 PM:

I think the first place I played Space Invaders was in a tiny arcade on Kalakaua, near Kapiolani. Also dropped a lot of quarters at some drive-in on Beretania, in the same property as Times Supermarket. (hmmn, I wonder if that big rataan furniture place across the street is still there). I'm also trying to remember my fave game, it wasn't Space Invaders but something else, maybe called "Moonraker"???

Posted by helen on September 3, 2002 6:39 PM:

I think you mean Moon Cresta (or something like that).

Posted by Christy on September 4, 2002 6:16 PM:

Joblot near Fort Street Mall. And (a little later) Rain or Shine, Kaimuki!

Posted by NemesisVex on September 4, 2002 7:41 PM:

Purple Haze advertised in Ka Leo all the time during my sentence on the editorial staff. I visited it a few times ca. 1993-1995, in a cramped storefront within walking distance of UHM -- right around King Street between Puck's Alley and the H-1 onramp.

Posted by bunny on September 6, 2002 3:13 AM:

Linkmeister directed me to this thread last week but I only just got time to check it out.

Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

I was a regular at Froggies and Hungry Ear and Jelly's. Bought my first Bowie & Japan albums @ Froggies in 1981 and have been sliding down the slippery slope since then. There was a tall guy, Jon C-something, that used to work there. Peter "Bond" Bussell (I think that's how he spells his last name, the main guitarist from HMTM) and later the same Jon guy from Froggies worked at Hungry Ear. I can't tell you just how much money I spent at Hungry Ear in the Duran Years. They were the place to go. I think I bought every Hanoi Rocks record I have from them, too (along with half of my record collection, I think).

Frank Q.O. worked at Interlude? I don't remember that. But I sure remember Hat Makes the Man! I was a big fan. If it wasn't for them, I would have never been exposed to the Jazz Butcher, Orange Juice, The Smiths, Velvet Underground (thanks, Matt Miller, wherever you are), etc. I wasted at least ten rolls of film on them, still get nostalgic when I see the hand-painted tapes Frank used to sell @ Jelly's (the only store that ever comes somewhat close to Jelly's is Wonder Book & Video in Frederick, MD). I hear reports from my sister every now and then that she's had a Peter spotting. He's the only one I kept in touch with (for a short while) when I moved away.

Wow, it seems such a long time ago! I saw Poi Dog P. once in the late 80s in Massachusetts. Frank jumped off the stage to give me a big hug. I think that was the last time he recognized me (they got more popular after that).

You know what? I just can't think of stores that aren't there anymore (besides the music/bookstores mentioned) because I haven't shopped there in a long while.

I will say that I miss the smell of Holiday Mart/Daiei's toy department. Nothing but nothing smells like Japanese vinyl action figures (Kamen Rider Vee-tsu-ree!).

Is Hawaii's Natural High gone? I am assuming so. What about the store that was next to the Wave? What was that called?

Got my first estimate for a Mac IIci from Micro Age. Recently came across it (three Macs later), too and had a good laugh. $5000!

Moon Cresta was one of my favorite video games. I wish I had the arcade machine. Tempest, too.

Well, I am now going to check out the restaurant thread...

Posted by John Wayne on September 15, 2002 4:26 PM:

Data 1

I remember Joe and Wayne over at Data 1 many years ago. Special ordered a 2kbaud 'micromo' modem from them for my C64. Spent about $200 on that sucka back then... ahhhhh

Posted by percy on September 30, 2002 11:35 PM:

wow, the memories you all have about jelly's. Hi my name is percy and i am the comics guy at jelly's. Norm and I have re-open jelly's and yes we still have records, and comics and books and games and now a Deli and guitars.

the store is now in Aiea, 98-023 Hekaha Street, behind Cutter Ford Aiea.

Drop by and say hello to Norm.


Posted by Stella on October 1, 2002 9:22 AM:

Is Hawaii's Natural High gone?

Au contraire, Bunny: they're still open, and in fact they've been advertising heavily on all of the rock stations here in HNL. In fact, the reason why they're advertising heavily is because they have a 20% off sale all year throughout the store.

"Hawaii's Natural High. Rocking 20 years and still rolling."

Posted by Vivi on October 4, 2002 8:25 AM:

"Hawaii's Natural High. Rocking 20 years and still rolling."

They've started airing television ads that feature Tommy Chong. Talk about tripping out! :)

Posted by Charlie on January 8, 2003 3:56 PM:

Hey percy its nice to see you on here. Now I know that I may not be as old as some of you are but I do remember Jelly's Pearl Kai because that was my first job. Worked their for 3 years of my life.

Hey by the way, does any of you remember Gem's. They were the coolest

Posted by David Hugaert on September 9, 2003 1:35 PM:

Wow! After reading your heartfelt and touching trips down memory lane, I'd like to add my two cents: Does anyone remember GEM department stores? When I first came to Hawaii (from Illinois) in 1991, several months afterward, I bought my first color television at GEM's. It was a 13" Gold Star color TV, which I paid $229 for. To this very day, I still have that very TV, but it never gets used anymore. The manufacturer's sticker is still on the side of the set! Why did GEM close? Did it go out of business? Also, whatever happened to Pay-n-Save stores? I heard they were bought out by Long's Drugs. If anyone has any info on the above stores, please feel free to drop an e-mail my way @ chihuahuaboydh@webtv.net. Mahalo and Aloha!

Posted by cathy on September 12, 2003 11:11 AM:

Is Hawaii's Natural High gone? I am assuming so. What about the store that was next to the Wave? What was that called?

I think it was/is called Onstage Hawaii or something like that. It was where I went to buy my rock shirts since it was in front of the bus stop where I got off the No. 2 after school. I bought a Replacements t-shirt (cover of "Let it Be") there that I still have after all these years. Woo hoo!

Stores that I miss from my childhood: any incarnation of Sanrio, like Hello Kiddies when it was on McCully, Gift Gate at Royal Haw'n S.C., and Daiei in Pearlridge (where I blew all my New Year's money).

What was known simply as "Back Store" behind Washingon Interm...ahem...Middle School in the early 80s. An elderly couple there made the BEST hamburgers I ever ated. What was in them?

Woolworth's at Ala Moana. Eating pumpkin pie downstairs at the cafe with my mother after school, buying a 45 record in the electronics dept., getting ice cream upstairs near the entrance. Anyone else remember the dusty birthday cakes in the window?

Posted by John on February 11, 2004 12:21 AM:

Anyone remember Music Box Records in downtown, across from Kress? That was my hideout for many years, when my mom would go shopping for fabric at Hartfield's. Had I not moved, I probably would have worked there. Does anyone remember the name of the old Japanese lady who worked there? My mom remembers buying 45's from her when she was a teenager (early/mid-60's).

Posted by 7train on March 22, 2004 7:59 AM:

Kramers! I remember that was the place where the guys all got their Angel Flights and velour shirts.

Now I'm really showing my age.

Posted by KirkK on March 22, 2004 8:35 AM:

Angel Flights!!! I wish I kept my Angel Flights just to prove to my wife, that yes, I once had a 26 waist!!!

Posted by Glen Miyashiro on March 22, 2004 9:09 AM:

Don't forget the essential accessories for the Angel Flights - the wavy-soled Famolare shoes and the Goody comb in the back pocket. Yeesh, and I really thought I was stylin'.

Posted by Kym on March 31, 2004 1:23 AM:

Macpro mentioned (way back in 9/02) The Record Museum. I recall it was on Dillingham Blvd across from HCC. I remember me, my Mom, and my brother buying Santa Esmeralda's Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood LP and then going to Payless on Kamakee and Ala Moana (which later became JaJa Fashions and is now a Ward Ent. Ctr. parking lot) to buy Voyage's Fly Away LP.

Other records shops I recall:

- Odyssey Records (now Tower Records, Keeaumoku). There is an Odyssey Records in Las Vegas, but it's basically a Wherehouse.

- Vinyl Donut, Wahiawa

- EMS, Wahiawa

- Hungry Ear, King St (by Cinerama Theater) and Wahiawa

- Records Hawaii (originally at 404 Piikoi, then at Kapiolani and Piikoi [which is now Sleepland], and lastly at the Owen & Owen Bldg [when it was pink])

- Froggie's (at Kalakaua and King, then 404 Piikoi, then Keeaumoku near where Ross's is now, then on Kapiolani and Keeaumoku behind Chicken Alice's - or was it the other way around?)

- Kress, Wahiawa (the music dept had its own storefront in the Wahiawa Shopping Center)

- Pearlridge Music, with the telltale all-red shopping bags with the record/music note motif in black near the bottom

- DJ's Sound City, Pearlridge and Ala Moana. When did the Pearlridge store close? I faintly remember it turning into another record store and then finally closing. It was at least 1986 because I remember seeing a poster for Prince's movie "Under The Cherry Moon" hanging above near the ceiling.

- Honolulu Tape Company (or something like that), on Pensacola near Auntie Pasto's

Anyone remember the Sears record department shopping bags with the aloha shirt design, similar to Cecilio & Kapono's first album cover? The bags later became all-brown with a white record graphic.

Or remember when JCPenney actually had a record department?

Or, on another note, Pete's Modelcraft? Which reminds me - I'd like to figure out which stores were at Pearlridge circa 1973. I can remember Hallmark, Spencer, The Ritz, Foxmoor Casuals, San Francisco Rag Shop, Daiei, Candyman, Farrell's, Hartfield's, International Kitchens (or did that come later, circa 1975?), Playwell Toys, See's Candies (perhaps the only remaining store from the old days)...

Ah, the memories. (I have a feeling this is going to be my first of many, many posts...)

Posted by Jhakana on August 14, 2004 1:17 AM:

Wigwams all over the island

Chun Hoon Supermarket and Everybody's Market (same owners-the Chun Hoon's) On Kapiolani and McCully, and where Hungry Lion is now in Nuuanu, any had a Young's fish market next door.

Kress downtown -- a huge store with marble steps, or was that Woolworth's? They don't build stores like that any more...

Ritz Department Store Ala Moana and downtown

Woolworths Kahala Mall, downtown and Ala Moana

Singer Sewing Machines in Kahala Mall--I took sewing lessons there, and during the breaks I would buy chocolate honeycomb candy from Morrows?

Speaking of nuts, Sears Ala Moana had a nut/candy section where they sold hot spanish peanuts, Swedish fish, and other sweets--yummy!

JC Penney's in Kahala Mall

Cornet in Aina Haina Shopping Center

Aina Haina Garden Shop? They moved to Kaimuki and closed shortly thereafter

Tanoue's in Kaimuki

Gems Ward and Kalihi


Playwell in Pearlridge (the first "real" toy store in Hawaii)

What was the name of the toy store in the corner of the old Gems Ward?

What was the name of the hobby/craft stores before Craft Suply of Honolulu came into existance?

Thrifty Drugs Koko Marina, and Ben Franklin (not the craft store) next to it.

Thrifty Drugs in Kaimuki, where the check out counter was so high, I could never see the clerk when checking out!

Rattan Art Gallery in Kaimuki

Kress in Kaimuki

Kaimuki Theater (and Queen Theater)

The Pottery (man, all in a row!)

Holiday Mart

Kramers Ala Moana (Angel Flights and Members Only jackets) and its female counterpart, Villa Roma


This is a great thread...mahalo for the memories...

Posted by Chay on August 16, 2004 10:23 PM:

I was searching for "Playwell Toys, Inc" when I stumbled on this. Oh the memories!

hey jhakana:
I used to work in Sears Pearlridge(late 80's), in the candies/popcorn/icee dept.
and when me and my friend got scheduled to work there, we would go into snack overload and "sample" the double dipped chocolate peanuts, the swedish fish, the chocolate nonpareils, butter toffee peanuts and the roasted cashews...YUM! And I remember when the 12 plex theatres opened at Pearlridge Phase II- (to this day I still call them Phase I & II- I refuse to acknowledge them as "uptown" & "downtown") moviegoers would buy popcorn from Sears because it was fresher, and it was funny because they would tell me to "double bag it" with the almost opaque plastic shopping bags, like the ushers couldn't tell you're smuggling a HUGE tub of Sears popcorn in their theatre.....
A few years later, Blum's of San Fransisco (candies) took over the candy dept. but it didn't last.
Back to why I came here. Does anyone remember those beautiful japanese french dolls (the ones with the big eyes and big hoop skirts) that they would put on display in the window of Playwell? As a kid, I would stop and gaze at the dolls and how gorgeous their ball gowns were. I want to know if they still make them or where can I find them?

Posted by stephanie on October 6, 2004 9:14 AM:

Coffee Manoa is GONE?? I'm crushed...is it true that it's a Starbucks??

Posted by helen on October 9, 2004 12:20 AM:

If you are taking about the store across the street from the Manoa Marketplace and on the same side of the street of a fire station, then yeah it is now a Starbucks. Don't know how long it's been like that.

Posted by Jeff on October 11, 2004 6:56 AM:

More awesome memories. I used to go to school (Star of the Sea, 4th - 8th grade with McInerny's kid Tim...anybody know how I could get a hold of him? He has several brothers and a sister all still living in Hawaii. We were friends back then, lost touch when we went on to high school. I went to St. Louis (class of 79'), not sure where he went...maybe Damien?

Spend lot's of allowance on candy as a child growing up in Hawaii Kai at Ben Franklyn's...:-)

Jeff, The Kamaaina Haole

Posted by Kym on October 28, 2004 9:33 AM:

jhakana asked:

"What was the name of the toy store in the corner of the old Gems Ward?"

Landmark Toys.

What was the name of the record dept/store near Gibson's Mapunapuna? Was that Easy Music Center?

Posted by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner on November 7, 2004 5:20 AM:

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner http://www.poster.us.com/category_35245/Art_Artists_E_Ernst_Ludwig_Kirchner.php

Elford, V http://www.poster.us.com/category_35250/Art_Artists_E_Elford_V.php

Elsley, A http://www.poster.us.com/category_35275/Art_Artists_E_Elsley_A.php

Enjolras, D http://www.poster.us.com/category_35338/Art_Artists_E_Enjolras_D.php

Engel, N http://www.poster.us.com/category_35425/Art_Artists_E_Engel_N.php

Eyckermans, A. http://www.poster.us.com/category_35459/Art_Artists_E_Eyckermans_A.php

European Genre http://www.poster.us.com/category_35521/Art_Artists_E_European_Genre.php

Evans, Minnie http://www.poster.us.com/category_35554/Art_Artists_E_Evans_Minnie.php

Posted by Terry on November 30, 2004 7:08 AM:

I miss the way Ala Moana used to be, anchored by Liberty House and Sears. The stores then had stuff you actually wanted and could afford. I wish Waikiki didn't have those places where Japanese tourists can shoot guns for fun, that just seems sick to me. Although maybe shooting guns in a gallery is better than shooting in public, as they do in the US.

Posted by Kym on January 10, 2005 12:04 AM:

We can now add Cheapo's at Puck's Alley to this list.

Posted by lopaka on January 26, 2005 4:49 PM:

Anyone remember the old Harbor LIght tavern was it on Ward Street? Incredible puupuus. I'm tallking mid 60s. Or the equally great Kuhio Bar and Grill in the Univeristy area; or Park's Cafe?
Or the Red Viking in Kaimuki? or Pat's at Punalu'u?

Lopaka mainlan' side

Posted by Derek on April 5, 2005 10:04 AM:

Remember Keiki TV Pow? Professor fun.. There were 2 versions of the game where there was a grid and you had to shoot the space ships. The second version where you were a ship and it was Space Invaders Style.. I miss those days.. KHNL 13.. The days of good local programming are gone..

Posted by Dal on April 12, 2005 5:42 AM:

Anyone remember Purple haze Records and Emilio's Pizza?

Emilio's just closed after a 25 year run. Cant believe "The Rock" use to work there. I miss the food.

My family use to own:
Wing Coffee Ltd.
Chun Hoon Everbodys market

Posted by Lori on April 21, 2005 2:40 PM:

Checkers & Pogo and thier car. I was actually on it a few times. Ms Ranch House in Aina Haina. They had that huge fish tank and treasure chest that kids could take a goodie bag when they left.

I miss the Wave and Hat Makes the Man. I was one of the "Corner People". I think the guy that Peter used to work with at Hungry Ear was named Rooster. Looked like Jim Morrison of the Doors.

I also remember Pink Cadillac, Hell, Fast Eddies, Cillys, Jazz Cellar & Moose's Ladies Night with the $2.50 ice teas.

Wow, thanks for the trip down memory lane.

Posted by rod cone on June 9, 2005 7:01 PM:

winning the haloween costume costume @ gibson's hosted by checkers and pogo, and only wanting to play the video games near the stage. AWESOME.

Posted by honeygirl on July 31, 2005 2:14 PM:

I remember Pirate Bully Hayes in Pearl City, Gussie L'Amours Dance Hall and Saloon on Nimitz by the Airport, and the Jazz Cellar. All Grat Hangouts.

Posted by Chris on November 14, 2005 8:34 PM:

ok maybe im not as old as everyone in here but i remeber an arcade at salt lake shopping center wht was that called? i forget =P and also yea i miss jellys across from ala moana i only been there once i wish i had gone more =( oh yups JC Pennys which is now borders and some other stores being built there... geez they been constructing that areas since before i was a freshman like 4 yrs ago... i agree with not consideraing the the 2 sides of pearlridge as uptown n downtown i like phase I and II better =P

Posted by Bob on June 12, 2006 11:40 AM:

Does anybody remember the name of the arcade at the old Mitsukoshi Building?

Posted by Mahope on June 22, 2006 8:45 AM:

I loved the old Jelly's at 404 Piikoi. I bought Smashing Pumpkins GISH there in 1991, the very next day after their video premiered on 120 Minutes.

Anyone remember all the pogs being sold in 1992 or so in the store after Jelly's had moved away to that Keeaumoku location?

I used to buy a lot of stuff at Purple Haze. Yes, he sure had the boots and imports, and to turn a few down because they were too expensive. He looked kind of like the same guy who ran Emilio's Chicago Pizza restaurant on Kalakaua on the same block as Cinerama. Sorry to learn that Emilio's has closed. I ate there a lot. Wonder if I was served by The Rock? ;)

Okay here are some I remember fondly. Penguin's at Puck's Alley, circa 1988. Best froyo I've had before or since.

Cosmic Candy and the Popcorn Planet at Pearlridge, circa 1990 or so. I think that is where I first had hurricane popcorn, which is now requisite for me. I'd get some popcorn and then go upstairs to see a movie.

Ranch House on Kalanianaole in Aina Haina. That place *was* Aina Haina for me.

Kress at Fort Street Mall. That went away in the mid-80s.

The old McDonalds at Koko Marina, the one that had pirate ships for booth tables. That place was replaced by the new McDonalds around '87.

I also remember a Bob's Big Boy in Waikiki in c. 1977 or 1978. But my favorite from those years was Farrell's, an old fashioned ice cream parlor at Kahala Mall. That was my favorite place, but it went the way of the dinosaur by 1979 or so.

I can't believe that the lineup of Cathedrals-Crazy Shirts-Gloria Jeans-Artlines-Watumalls-etc. still exists intact at Ala Moana. A little corner from the '80s.

Is there still Mama Mia's on University Avenue? I tried eating there once, but left before they served us because there was a dead cockroach in the water pitcher.

Posted by helen on June 25, 2006 1:51 AM:

The former Mama Mia's is now a Magoo's Pizza. Been like that since 1997 or so.

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