12 Things You Wish Were Still Around In Hawaii.

7月18日

Well, it’s Throwback Thursday but instead of naming a song from back in the day, a photo or even a type of fashion, why not take it even deeper and take a trip down memory lane to the “good ol’ days”.  What are some of those places or icons that you wish were still around in Hawaii today?  Here are 12 that may strike a chord with you.  Feel free to chime in and let me know what you wish were still around.  Most of my memories are from Oahu and my Neighbor Island memories are lacking so please enlighten me!

1.  Drive Inn Theaters.

At one time, Drive Inn Theaters scattered the state and became a popular regular weekend destination for island residents.  Their demise began around the 80’s with a combination of commercial real estate for the valuable land that they were situated and the multiplex movie theaters.  Waialae Drive Inn (pictured) was infamous for the legend of the faceless lady spirit that occupied the ladies bathroom.  (Photo VIA).

2.  Liberty House.

Who can forget Liberty House.  Before the popularity of online shopping, locals and visitors alike flocked to their locations for everything from clothes, kitchenware and even perishables like cookies and candies.  In 2001 they were bought out by Federated Department Stores aka Macy’s.  (Photo VIA).

3.  Castle Park.

With their arcade, water rides and miniature golf course…Castle Park was a tween/teen’s haven for fun, mischief and hanging out.  They opened in 1979 and stayed open for about 8 years before shutting down after a fatal water park accident.  (Photo VIA).

4.  Yum Yum Tree.

Every person now in their 30’s-50’s will remember this place as a popular date destination after catching a movie.   Let’s not forget their sister company Jolly Roger’s either.  (Photo VIA).

5.  Arakawa’s.

This place was crammed with everything from sporting goods to local food items.  Although it was located in Waipahu, even townies found themselves taking a weekend drive out to central Oahu to check out the offerings from Arakawa’s. (Photo VIA).

6.  Woolworth.

Fried chicken. Icee.  Rubber slippers.  ‘Nuff said.  (Photo VIA).

7.  Ranch House.

Every kid will remember this place at the entrance of Aina Haina valley not for the food, but for the treasure chest you can get your toy from to occupy yourself for the rest of the evening.  (Photo VIA).

8.  Kam Bowl.

You didn’t go here to bowl.  You went to get a helping of their famous Oxtail Soup.  (Photo VIA).

9.  Fisherman’s Wharf.

Like the Ranch House, kids would immediately head to the pirate’s treasure chest to claim their toy before eating.  The clam chowder wasn’t too shabby either.  (Photo VIA).

10.  Dole Cannery Pineapple.

Flying in to Oahu, tourist and locals will remember seeing this odd shaped tower below as they came in for a landing at Honolulu International Airport.  For those driving in to town or away from it….you could always see this historic icon from afar on the freeway.  (Photo VIA).

11.  The Wave Waikiki.

The Wave Waikiki Nightclub. Now the site of the current Allure Condominiums, this popular venue attracted both locals and tourist for the array and variety of  performers, DJ’s and of course the nightclub.  Many people will remember the colorful mural on the wall as you entered the Ewa side of Waikiki. (Photo VIA).

12.  Toyo’s Superette.

Most Manoa residents remember this icon all too well as it was around since 1918.  Whether it was a stop over after a swim at the Manoa pool for Icee or a fly by for last minute grocery items, many of us, including non-Manoa residents will miss the days of passing by as we drove in to Manoa Valley.  Toyo’s fell victim to the times closing its doors in 1998.  (Photo VIA).

Honorable Mentions:
Guava Lane.
Byron’s.
Kramer’s
JC Penny.
Coco’s Drive Inn.
Chico’s Pizza.
Liquids.
KC Drive Inn.
Ocean’s Night Club.
Gems.

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233 responses to this post.

  1. Love this… mahalo for the memories!

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  2. Fond Memories, thanks! Don’t forget Wisteria!

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  3. I thought Castle Park closed after several accidents. Was it only one?

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  4. Miss the old Ranch House restaurant. My wife and I were married there.

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  5. One of my favorites I miss is the sky
    slide in Mapunapuna

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  6. Posted by Jim on February 15, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    You forgot 99 Ranch!!!

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  7. Posted by Virginia Mamac on February 15, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Those was the good old days when living in Hawaii.

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  8. Posted by lowell napuelua jr on February 15, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    KANEDA’s and Bayside Drive Inn

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  9. And the old Fujioka’s store in Waialua, by the Sugar Mill!

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  10. I used to work @ Toyos as a meat cutter , my sister was the cashier .

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  11. Posted by Kalei on February 15, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Flamingo’s Downtown was our family gathering place. I think they still have one in Kaneohe, but it’s not the same.

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  12. I wish the Kodak Hula Show made the honorable mentions list

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  13. Posted by char on February 15, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Smiles to my face!

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  14. Posted by Mweaver on February 15, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Wigwam stores

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  15. Great post! Lots of fond memories….. Can I repost your article on my PahoaSunrise.com Facebook and Google+ Pages? Thank you!

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  16. Kelly’s where Cycle City is now.

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  17. Posted by dylbacca on February 16, 2014 at 1:00 am

    King’s Bakery!!!!!!!!!

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    • Posted by PA on June 2, 2015 at 11:25 am

      King’s Bakery IS in Torrance, CA. The bakery & restaurant is on Sepulveda Blvd & Hickory and The Local Place and “plant” is on Western near 190th & 405 FWY. Baked goods still Yummy especially, the Paradise Cake and Paradise Cheesecake!

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  18. I think it’s KC Drive in… not KCC

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  19. Posted by Linda Salyer on February 16, 2014 at 3:26 am

    Columbia Inn on Kapiolani …
    Nick’s Restaurant at the entrance to Waikiki
    Oueen’s Surf
    Merry Monarch
    Ali Baba’s Eel Skin & Imports
    Crown Pearls
    The Black Orchid
    Jack’s at Aina Haina SC

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  20. Posted by Tyson on February 16, 2014 at 11:01 am

    You forgot Hawaii Raceway Park!! Best thing we EVER had!!!

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  21. Posted by Sheila Nickerson on February 16, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Cornet! If you can’t find it at Woolworth go to Cornet. Used to be fun shopping in Kailua!

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    • Posted by Mike Almeida on February 17, 2014 at 2:36 am

      5 & Dime can’t buy you much any more…..

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    • Posted by Raymond Heinzen on May 6, 2017 at 10:38 pm

      Wasn’t that close to the Times supermarket on Kailua Road? I used to live in the apartments on the other side of the large field close to there. 389 Kailua Rd far right apartment closest to the parking lot. That was in the 90’s.

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  22. Posted by Greg on February 16, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    How about Explosive 102.7. Now it’s STAR. I miss the rock during the day and the EDM at night. It’s sad the community couldn’t raise enough money for a new tower.

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  23. Posted by Pila Tūlua on February 16, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    I miss Flamingo’s with the best Tapioca pudding!

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  24. Posted by russ on February 16, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Keiki Land and India Imports in Ala Moana

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  25. Posted by jojo on February 16, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    What…no kings bakery and their dobash cake?

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  26. Posted by George Vye on February 16, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    So many memories, and there were the Sunday afternoons under the Banyan tree at the old Hulas.

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  27. Posted by Mike Almeida on February 16, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Foodland Hawaii Kai. Opened in 1963, closed in 2011. Miss it every time I drive by the Walgreens that replaced it.

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  28. Lion Coffee house 😦

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  29. And, I can’t believe Columbia Inn is gone 😦

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  30. Posted by Barbara Landes on February 16, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Used to take Stuart to Pokai Bay when there was an actual huge beach there. That was another place we had trouble finding. That area looked way too much like Malibu crammed with houses between the road & bay.
    Real disappointment. This was October 2005.

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  31. Posted by Nalani on February 16, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Chunky’s Drive Inn, Civic Auditorium, Trader Vic’s,…

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  32. Posted by Sachiiko on February 16, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Discovery zone in Waikele… Best place on earth lol

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  33. The old stadium! Watched many Islander games there…

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  34. Posted by Mike Almeida on February 16, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Windy’s Drive In, Rosie’s Boat House, Portlock Pier, Rainbow Rollerland and Skateland.

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  35. Posted by George Vye on February 16, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    The Keyhole where we could go and listen to Aunty Genoa, Sonny Chillingworth and the whole gang sing and hula until 2 in the morning.
    Hanauma Bay, when we could find parking under the Kiawe trees.

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  36. Posted by Rainy Writer on February 17, 2014 at 1:57 am

    I now live on the mainland … and have been away for 25 years now … but what I remember from your list …

    1. Drive Inn – I remember Waialae Drive Inn had these HUGE dogs that ran around the lot … 🙂

    10. Dole Pineapple Cannery – My grandmother worked there … she bought pineapples home all the time.

    Honorable Mention Chicos – I used to work there (1980-1982)

    Honorable Mention Gems – My step dad worked there. That is where he met my mom 🙂

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  37. Posted by Nathan M on February 17, 2014 at 2:08 am

    Ben Franklin
    Piggly Wiggly

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  38. Posted by Kevin on February 17, 2014 at 2:36 am

    Kahuku Sugar Mill – I went there on a field trip in grade school.

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  39. Posted by Ann on February 17, 2014 at 4:55 am

    McErnerys Store, My sister worked there. I worked at Liberty House. Thanks for the memories

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  40. Posted by Tonk on February 17, 2014 at 5:40 am

    JUMBOS mapunapuna!!!

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  41. Posted by Scott on February 17, 2014 at 5:57 am

    Waialae Bowl, King’s Garden, Hong Kung, the original Hee Hing (pink building),

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  42. Posted by Terri Saffery on February 17, 2014 at 6:02 am

    What about the Civic Auditorium home of Big Time Wrestling & Roller Derby. Chunky Drive Inn next to the old Stadium. Rollerland in Kahala where peatland is now.

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    • Posted by bev on June 6, 2015 at 7:53 pm

      Glad you mentioned the Civic and Roller Derby. Don’t forget the Show of Stars at the Civic. Rainbow Rollerland on Keeaumoku.

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  43. I miss Toyo’s :'(. Can’t forget Gibson’s

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  44. Posted by Wendy on February 17, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Rexall Drugs and the Manoa Bakery next door where we bought penny candy and eclairs that cost 6 cents. Plus the Chink Store (sorry, but that was what it was called!) to buy manapua.

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  45. Posted by MIALA on February 17, 2014 at 9:49 am

    I loved Chico’s Pizza…..and I remember Flamingo’s Chuck Wagon…

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  46. Wigwam, the wigwam store,
    Your dollar buys more
    At the wigwam store.,
    Kress- midnight in paris, patterns and fabric for home ec
    Hartfields
    Woolworth’s candied apples
    King theater, Princess Theater, Palace theater,Queen theater- Palace and Hawaii both had balconies
    Sargeant Sacto and Captain Honolulu- my brother had his 4th birthday on that show and lots of toys came home with him.
    The circus at kapiolani park or magic island
    Tin tin chopsuey and Mollies cafe
    all the Flamingos-ala moana, chuck wagon, kapiolani
    Getting dressed to go “Downtown”
    Dutch Girl Bakery
    Meaty’s Drive In and King street car wash were next to each other where one archer lane is now
    kapiolani bowl, kalakaua bowl,jet bowl,aloha bowl kalihi bowl
    KDI- kapiolani drive in
    stewarts pharmacy and their orange bread
    blums candies from liberty house
    liberty bakery – hot bread
    Muraoka’s store at the corner of mokauea and king st
    the christmas lights strung across waialae avenue
    the cross on camp smith lit up at night
    the old bathrooms changing area at ala moana beach park
    in waianae- bayside drive in, nakatani drive in, alvins drive in, the fog cutter restaurant
    Appreciate all the memories!

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    • Posted by George Vye on February 17, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      Oh how we loved Tin Tin, and the Philippine dance hall upstairs.

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    • Did you go to The Fog Cutter much…I used to work there.

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      • Loved the Fog Cutter; great food. Went every Friday night for surf and turf. Always got their artichokes at the salad bar. We lived in a condo (Makaha Beach Cabanas), while stationed at the NAD, Lualualei.

      • Posted by Pete Marghella on February 15, 2016 at 4:19 pm

        OHMIGOSH, The Fog Cutter. Loved that place. Proposed to my late wife there in front of all the locals one packed Friday night. We used to go every Friday and drink beer and Mai Tai’s. Lived in Makaha Valley Towers. Oh, the sunsets we used to watch from the there. A little piece of heaven. Broke our heart when they tore it down.

      • Posted by Michael P Kauffman on October 4, 2016 at 9:10 pm

        Loved the Fog Cutter. That’s where I was introduced to pupu’s, in the bar. I still have one of their mugs. We also lived at Makaha Towers, 1975. And futomaki sushi uncut by the loaf at the grocery store. Great memories…

    • Posted by Kamuelabob on May 30, 2015 at 1:49 am

      TV shows: Sheriff Ken, Chubby Roland, Lucky Luck, Checkers and Pogo. Radio Shows: J. Akuhead Pupule, K-Poi and the Poi Boys (Ron Jacobs, Dave Donnelly, Tom Moffatt, Tom Rounds) etc. McCully Chop Suey, Dairyman’s Ice Cream Parlor at Beratania and Keeaumoku. The Natatorium diving tower.

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    • Posted by Lordy C on June 6, 2015 at 2:23 am

      don’t forget kaimuki theater had a balcony, too.

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    • Also, remember Coronet in Waianae; how about The Monkey Bar at Pearl City Tavern?
      We still have some kitchen utensils purchased at Coronet back in the mid-1970’s.

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  47. I remember The Pump in Pearlridge, which eventually turned into Electro Games Plus, which was awesome, last I was there it was a furniture store. The Pump had bomb spam musubi’s, and Electro Games Plus, we just played all the Super Nintendo games and Sega games on display, good times

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  48. Posted by Wendy on February 17, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Hanauma Bay when we were able to drive down to the parking lot below!

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  49. What about all the movie theaters used to be in Waikiki.
    Chi Chi’s at Pearl Ridge and Kahala – great fried ice cream
    Compadres at Ward Center for pitchers of margaritas.
    Monterrey Bay Cannery at Ward Center.
    Watertown in Waikiki for great Hawaiian music.
    Now we can add the International Market Place – used to have a lot of fun places to listen to music and have a cocktail

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  50. Posted by ddkolina on February 18, 2014 at 2:39 am

    I remember having my first taco at Scottys! And the little shops that sold seeds and lemon peels for a nickel by Kaahumanu School. What about the Cinerama theater that was right next to my uncle and aunty’s pharmacy, King Kalakaua Pharmacy with the fountain service and racks of comics for a dime! Good memories! Holiday Mart too!

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  51. Posted by hermen tesoro, jr. on February 18, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Masa’s Massive Platelunch

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  52. Posted by tony barr on February 18, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Liliha bakery still there, serving up the best breakfast anywhere.

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  53. Posted by Barb B. on February 18, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    How about Aloha Airlines….

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  54. Posted by Juicy J on February 19, 2014 at 3:37 am

    My grandma used to work at Woolworth at the food counter in the 1950s and 60s and my mom has vivid memories of how they used to take the old fried chicken, rinse the fried batter off, and then re-batter and re-fry it.

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  55. Posted by jfpikake on February 20, 2014 at 6:30 am

    Maui edition, O’oka’s!

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  56. Posted by George Vye on February 24, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Lunch at The Willows, with Aunty Irmgard and her daughters singing, and then Aunty going from table to table taking notes about the people there.

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  57. Waikiki Night Clubs: Da Sting,Spats,Wave,Hulas,Cilly’s,Rock and Roll Clinic,Masquerades,Jazz Cellar,Moose’s…All Gone but,Not The Memories!

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  58. I remember the air smelled like Pineapple Upside Down cake when you were near the Dole cannery. Also, Woolworth’s had all kinds of crack seed in their display cases.

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  59. Posted by Yolanda on April 11, 2014 at 2:10 am

    How about “Scotty’s drive Inn or Rainbow rollerland

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    • Posted by Yolanda on April 11, 2014 at 2:15 am

      The old Aloha stadium, where at 17 yrs old I went to Elvis’s 1st concert in the Islands. Can u dig it I did! You old hound dog!!!!

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  60. Thank you for even mentioning our Family’s restaurants as part of this list. We are humbled by your past patronage and continue to contribute to the community. Asato Family, former owners of KC Drive Inn and Wisteria.

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  61. Posted by Jay S. on August 26, 2014 at 1:39 am

    That Drive Inn next to Crane Park.

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  62. Posted by V2tech on September 27, 2014 at 3:49 am

    BLue Zebra, and World Cafe

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  63. Posted by Robert Samson on September 27, 2014 at 8:46 am

    and now the International Market Place in Waikiki!

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  64. Ala Moana has sure changed…

    I remember the Christmas tree displays and the animals on the big wooden boxes.
    Pastrami sandwiches from Lyn’s Delicatessen.
    Patti’s Chinese Kitchen
    Keiki Land
    Honsport
    Kramer’s
    Thom McAn’s
    Kinney Shoes
    Leed’s Shoes
    The bird cages

    Thanks for the memories! I’m sure I’ll remember more later…

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  65. Craig’s Bakery in Kailua

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    • Posted by Craig on May 30, 2015 at 6:04 pm

      Add Kailua Drive In, Jean Lu, Fast Eddie’s, Orson’s Bourbon House, the Yum-Yum Tree, Dairt Queen (Where The Shack is now), Andy’s Drive In (sister store with Byron’s), Taco Hut, Holiday Mart, Smitty’s from Kailua… an from my limited Kaneohe memories: Windward Bowl, Honey’s, Flamingo’s, Marie Callender’s

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      • Posted by ashley preston on April 27, 2017 at 1:55 am

        Craigs bakery, i used to go there a couple times a week before school for a donut 🙂 and that little hot dog cart outside holiday mart with the sweet bread buns, oh man!

  66. Who remembers Checkers and Pogo? I remember going to the show at the old KGMB station on Kapiolani Blvd. I remember I got chosen to eat the 2 crackers and see who could whistle first. Those were fun days!

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  67. Posted by Tate Matthews on October 1, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Masu’s Plate Lunch, not Masa’s
    Columbia Inn
    Jet Burger by the airport
    Scotty’s Drive In in Pearl City
    Sallys’ Sugar Shack next to Haleiwa Elementary School
    The Clock Drive In in Waipahu
    Chaco’s: Tepenyaki on Waialae Ave
    Hungry Lion: It had the Banyan tree growing through the roof
    Chink store on Alexander Street down from Punahou. My apologies to those of the Asian persuasion, that it just what we called it back in the 70’s

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  68. Ken’s Bakery in Waimanalo and those donuts!

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  69. Posted by T Mcquade on February 16, 2015 at 1:17 am

    anyone remember Spike, Ginger or Matt at the Fogcutter?

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  70. Anyone remember The Fog Cutter Restaurant in Makaha. it was built in 1969-ish and is now just an empty lot. I worked there and drove out recently and it’s gone….

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    • Posted by Doug Spencer on April 6, 2015 at 4:05 am

      Yes, I do. My name is Doug Spencer, from Texas. I knew Eddie, Nona, Steve the bartender, Nannie, Nick , the cook. I was there in 1991 when they closed. I bought the harpoons that hung in front of the dining room when they auctioned off the contents. I have many fond memories of my time and friends I made there. Would we know each other? If so email me at: dougspencer@me.com

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    • Posted by Kathy on November 13, 2015 at 9:28 am

      Me to, my name is Kathy Thompson I worked there from 1987 ’til it closed. Started as a Lunch & Wai’anae Rotary Meeting waitress, then did Dinner Waitress, Hostess, Pantry Cook, & Janitor & even Pinch Hit as Lunch cook & Bartender in emergencies LOL. I loved working there w/ Ma & Pa Wong, Nona, Debbie, Pam, George, Nick, Nohea, Manu, Jackie, Marge, Ronnie, Kim, Lorinne, and many others…it was like Family.

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    • Posted by Kathy on November 13, 2015 at 10:03 am

      Me to, I worked there from 1987- until it closed. I loved working for Ma & Pa Wong, along with Nona, Pam, Debbie, George, Nick, Manu, Nohea, Vince, Jackie, Marge, Ronnie, Kim, Pikake, Lorinne and many others I started out as a Lunch & Wai’anae Rotary Meeting Waitress w/ Jackie my “Trainer” & then learned the “Dinner Menu”, worked as Hostess, Pantry Cook (loved making those Macadamia Nut Cheesecakes & I’ve even wound up with my Pantry Cutting Board Table that a patron bought at closing & repurposed as a coffee table & left when he moved out & I moved in…recognized it right away & couldn’t believe my luck, along with the shells from the Salad Bar and one of the Fogcutter’s Recipe books and some other keepsakes that I bought at closing myself.), Janitor, even “Pinch Hit” as Lunch Cook & Bartender while working at the Same time as Waitress when they couldn’t make it or had to leave early due to injuries LOL it was a real “ohana” feel

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    • Hi, I’m Kathy Thompson I worked there from 1987 until it closed & I loved working for Ma & Pa Wong along with Nona, Pam, Debbie, Auntie Lani Kidder, George, Nick, Manu, Nohea, Vince, Jackie, Marge, Ronnie, Kim, Mike, Pikake, Lorrine, and many others. I started as Lunch & Waianae Rotary Waitress w/ Jackie my “Trainer” and then I learned the “Dinner Menu”, also worked as Hostess, Pantry Cook (Loved making those Macadamia Nut Cheesecakes & managed to wind up with my Pantry Cutting Board Table that a Patron had bought & repurposed as a Coffee Table & left behind when he moved out & I moved in…I recognized it at once & couldn’t believe my “Luck.” I also have my Spring form Pans & the “shells” from the Salad Bar, as well as one of the Fogcutter’s Recipe books and other knick knacks I bought at closing.) & Janitor. I loved listening to Arnold Kidder Play Music during Dinner …we had a great “Ohana” there.
      It closed down in Sept. of 1991 & they tore the building down a bit after Hurricane Iniki…

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  71. Posted by L. Louie on May 26, 2015 at 4:15 am

    Loved remembering some of those places. Some others were Kaimuki Theater. Lau Yee Chai, Waikiki Theater with the preview shows at midnight, J. Aku head Pupule on the radio, Buck’s Bakery next to the old stadium, King’s Bakery, Ben Franklin Store in Kaimuki and the Japanese store next door where we used to get saimin and BBQ meat on a stick (I think the name of the store starts with an “A”), and of course KDI where we used to go after a date to have cheeseburgers and strawberry milk shakes, Kress, Liberty House, Ethel’s Dress Shop, Alexander Young, Evergreen Restaurant, McInerny, and Hanauma Bay with the floating log which we used to ride on in the bay….we were also able to drive down if needed.

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  72. Hawaii’s first chip company, Atebara’s Chips are still here since 1936 and have been in the same located on Manono St since the April Fools flood destroyed the original building. Sad to see all of those companies disappear though.

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  73. Posted by Cathryn on May 29, 2015 at 5:08 am

    Chicken Alice on Kapiolani and Bluewater Seafood Cafe in Waikiki..

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  74. Posted by Nakaz on May 29, 2015 at 5:26 am

    Daiei and Sandy Beach lunch wagons!

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  75. Posted by Carol M on May 29, 2015 at 7:32 am

    ChUbby Roland and his kids show. Dan’s Den at the beginning of Kalakaua

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  76. Posted by daniel on May 29, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Andy’s Drive-in Kailua
    they had one of the best fried chickens on the island.

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  77. No Jolly Roger’s restaurant?

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  78. Posted by Norma on May 29, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Does anyone remember what the music machines in bars & clubs were called? You spoke to an operator at another location.You gave her your song request an she played it at your location..this was in the 50’s.

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  79. Posted by Julz on May 29, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    Pay ‘n Save
    Kojima Store – Kapaa, Kauai
    Prepared meats
    Matduura Store – Lawai, Kauai
    Black bean manju and musubi

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  80. George’s Inn, a stop before a wrestling match at another long gone favorite place, The Civic Auditorium.

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  81. Daie Holiday Mart in Pearl City

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  82. Also the Monkey Bar in Pearl City

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  83. Posted by Momi Utley on May 29, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Ohh wow yea da civic auditorium. We use to go there to watch roller derby all da time when i was a kid. And who can’t forget wigwam. good memories..

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  84. Posted by NCH on May 29, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    I grew up in Kailua:
    Kalapawai Store
    Buzz’s Steak House
    The Okazu place next to the record store
    Cornet
    Biggie’s Nut Shell
    The big black taxi cabs that would take you to town
    Kailua Drive In theatre
    the old Kailua Theatre (Chevron station there now, I think)
    Andy’s Drive inn
    and in Honolulu: Iida’s at Ala Moana and the crepe paper ball that you unwrap and there would be a “prize” in every layer..and the rolled up paper that you dropped into water and it would transform into plant or animal shape?
    Ethel’s (got my wedding dress there)
    Villa Roma!
    Great memories…

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  85. Posted by jovito on May 29, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    McCully chop Sui for the best cake noodle.
    Kennys burger house for the Teri beef sandwich.
    Hawaii has changed. Not the same as before. Too much traffic..

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  86. Can’t forget Big Way Burger in Wahiawa! They had the best fries!

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  87. Posted by Christine on May 30, 2015 at 2:16 am

    …Kenny’s burger house

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  88. Posted by James on May 30, 2015 at 3:10 am

    Sugarcane fields. Grew up in Ewa.

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  89. Posted by p. j. galarneau on May 30, 2015 at 3:49 am

    Queen’s Surf!
    Hot Dog Annie’s
    Russell’s Rowboat!
    All Spencecliffe and Jolly Rogers

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    • Posted by p. j. galarneau on May 30, 2015 at 3:52 am

      It was sure great to be a musician in 60s & 70s…so many wonderful venues and people.

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  90. Posted by rosie on May 30, 2015 at 5:24 am

    What about dollar theater?

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  91. Posted by p. j. galarneau on May 30, 2015 at 5:37 am

    Also-
    Kuhio Grill
    Alakea Grill
    Silver Surf in Waikiki
    and
    Mama’s Mexican Kitchen!
    Ono!

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  92. Posted by Roxanne on May 30, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Sizzler’s and Bob’s Big boy!!

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  93. Posted by Carter on May 30, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Love those old places. Couple I didn’t see on your list but should be is Alex drive inn and Kalihi bowl.

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  94. Posted by Ryskeezy on May 30, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Kennys burger house
    Kalihi bowl

    Old longs drug store and kalihi pet shop next to kalihi bowl

    Yummys acorss kalihi bowl and first hawiian bank

    Andys bike shop when it was by the transit center

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  95. Posted by Mercedes on May 30, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    What about the International market place?

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  96. Posted by Kingpin on May 30, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Bueno Nalo- the best Mexican food on the island (in Waimanalo)
    Ted’s Drive-In – Korean Fast Food…near UH.
    John Dominis
    Flamingo Chuckwagon

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  97. Posted by Steve on May 30, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Toys and Joys!!!

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  98. Posted by p. j. galarneau on May 30, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Canoe House
    Hong Kong Junk and
    Pier 7 @ Ilikai, too

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  99. Posted by Lee on May 30, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    Going barefoot everywhere! All kids went barefoot. Living on the windward side, a trip to “town” meant Honolulu – specifically Ala Moana. In those days, the early 60’s, Ala Moana was new and the mall sidewalks were very clean … All of the kids went barefoot there! Now they all wear expensive athletic shoes. Imagine walking into Liberty House (now Macy’s), barefoot and no one staring!

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    • Posted by Louis Roylo on June 1, 2015 at 9:05 pm

      Luau feet! Hobbits would have fit right in back in those days lol! Nowadays my feet would feel every rock if I went barefoot.

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      • Posted by Geanie on July 8, 2015 at 8:45 am

        Walking barefoot on the rocks around Hanauma Bay while the Haoles watched in shock! At Baldwin High in Wailuku, Maui, the school had a parade featuring “luau feet,” etc., to encourage the students to wear shoes to high school!

  100. Posted by Pat on May 30, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Star Supermarket
    Pee Wee Drive Inn
    Kwon On-Best bake Manapua
    Pearl City Tavern- monkeys behind the bar.

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  101. Posted by Bob on May 30, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    I miss the Farrell’s restaurant at the International Market Place. They served the best creamiest milk shakes in a large frosted dish. Also gone is the shared Waikiki ticket office that both Western Airlines and American Airlines used. It was one of my best jobs.

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  102. Posted by Trask on May 30, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    How could you leave out the Skyslide and Andy’s Drive in?

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  103. Posted by keoni on May 30, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Mahalo for the memories it brings back to alot. Don’t forget Paradise Park (I used to run the spot light for the bird show), American theatre all the martial art movies, the hula show every saturday at Ala Moana Ctr and so on.

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  104. Posted by Ernest Smith on May 31, 2015 at 3:20 am

    I worked at Arakawas for a fue years in the mid 70s I was suprised to learn that they closed down in 90 ! one of the best places i ever worked ! mUST say hi to Issac , Paul and all the Arakawa boys!Aloaha from Ernie Smith!!!

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  105. Posted by Bob on May 31, 2015 at 3:54 am

    Going into Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour at the International Market Place in the early 70s for lunch breaks. They had the best milk shakes served in a large frosted bowl.

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  106. Posted by LN on May 31, 2015 at 7:03 am

    Oasis after 2am when Waikiki bars closed.

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  107. Posted by Natalie on May 31, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Paradise park, Kings Bakery, the original Eggs n Things where a straw hat was placed on last person in line to signify that the special was pau!!! Aloha…what about free Dole pineapple juice at the airport, so ono it was….memories are great

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  108. I miss Shung Chong yuein in Maunakea Street.

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  109. Posted by Zane on May 31, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    What about paradise park in manoa and carnival Cardinal + tower records across pearls…..

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  110. Yeah cilly’s night club! Met soooooooo much chick’s there! Awesome memories!

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  111. Posted by Augustine Montiho III on June 1, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    One of the local hang out for the weekend The Point After

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  112. Posted by Louis Roylo on June 1, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    I came home to Hawaii May 23rd-30th 2015 to visit family and friends. I visited Ala Moana Center and was so disappointed to find that the shopping center that I knew so well growing up in the 70s is undergoing renovations transforming it into a mall. So for me, the Ala Moana Center is gone because nothing remains of the stores and the open-air ambience of what was the premier shopping hangout during my youth. Auwe!

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    • Posted by p. j. galarneau on June 2, 2015 at 2:03 am

      I remember, too, those long Cadillac limos that would come pick me up all the way in Lanikai and take you to to town-cheap!

      Also, the jitneys in Hilo!!!

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  113. Posted by don subia on June 2, 2015 at 7:31 am

    OK!!! hows this for a night club…but forgot the name, someone help me!!! Going down Beachwalk…live music by this group from Guam!!! DA KASUALS!!! Ho…chicken skin!!! Now, where you can go foe boogie to a live band! Also another band use to play there, a friend and schoolmate was the trumpet player!!! Anyone remember?

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    • Posted by p. j. galarneau on June 2, 2015 at 8:53 am

      “Merry Monarch’.. one of the Spencliffe places…..I used to go see Jimmy Funai’s….”Rubber Band”

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  114. Posted by don subia on June 2, 2015 at 7:35 am

    How about the go-cart race track in Waipahu, was next to the sky slide! You would race one day, then the next weekend…you going the other way!

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  115. Posted by don subia on June 2, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Riding the old city bus…ring the bell to get off…ring, ring, ring, pulling the string…getting driver all mad! and that transfer…you can use again if he punch in the right time! the seats in the bus, yeah! nice and soft…well, the roads were smoother back then. Oh, and of course, the fare was……….25 cents!

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  116. Posted by p. j. galarneau on June 2, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Lum’s for beer-steamed hot dogs and 100 varieties of beer!

    Also, Magoo’s pizza.

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  117. I remember Shakey’s Pizza Parlor when we would sing along with the jute box, and Coco’s was a favorite. We went to many movies in the Waikiki theaters. I went to Jolly Roger’s and had a boat ride on the canal, all in the mid ’60’s and recalled in a book I wrote. I loved reading the letters I sent to PA from HI in 2013, the memories were priceless.

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  118. Posted by Bob on June 2, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    And Chuck’s Steak House in Hawaii Kai !

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  119. We should not forget Chun Hoon Super Market, on the way up Nuuanu Valley. the first super market in Hawaii–even before Foodland. The property with the Banyan trees
    & first lichee tree was the site of the 7 bedroom mansion of Chun Hoon who purchased it from Chun Afong in 1920. The business raised 15 children but closed in 1983 and is now a Walgreen Pharmacy. The original banyan and lichee trees are still there.

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  120. Posted by Gary Maletta on June 5, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    kaukau corner and Jrs on nimitz. Frankie’s Drive Inn in waiau. Oasis Night club and of course The Point After

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  121. Posted by p. j. galarneau on June 6, 2015 at 7:38 am

    The Japanese theatres …Toho, I think , where 24 hr.,fitness is on Kapiolani…downtown
    on River St…. New Kokusai…. all those ‘Blind Swordsman’ flix with buckets of blood. ,Tora-San…..on Keeaumoku and Beretania was a good theatre , too…
    Ronin and Child’

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  122. Posted by LN on June 7, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Village Inn in Kahala,Victoria Station on Kapiolani, Chuckwagon on Kapiolani, Third Floor Restaurant, Rays Seafood in Waikiki Shopping Plaza, Tanoues on Waialae, Jolly Rogers in Kahala

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  123. Posted by Stella on June 12, 2015 at 3:03 am

    Yes, no forget Pearl City Tavern. Remember the monkeys.

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    • Posted by p. j. galarneau on June 24, 2015 at 6:45 pm

      Some of those monkeys ended up in Waikiki at ‘The Monkey Pad’ underneath Farrells in the Market Place.

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  124. Flamingo Chuckwagon, Prime Rib, UH Quarterback Club Mondays. Lin’s Deli, first place I tried a pepperoncini. Mongolian BBQ in Chinese Cultural Center. Awesome plate of great grinds. Sam’s Hamburgers in Mapunapuna. List goes on and on.

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  125. Posted by p. j. galarneau on June 14, 2015 at 8:13 am

    Maru-Zen (next to down to earth)…$1.25 steaks!
    And Mama’s Mexican Kitchen in Liliha

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  126. Posted by ronamacias on June 17, 2015 at 6:26 am

    Ritz, on the same street as Kress downtown.

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  127. Posted by Earl Kawaguchi on June 24, 2015 at 3:49 am

    Don’t forget Torii Store on the corner of Rycroft and Sheridan St. They made awesome plate lunches! Another fantastic okazuya on the corner of Halekuwila and South street. Anyone know that name? Had the old Japanee man with all white hair crew cut!

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    • Posted by Big Koa on June 27, 2015 at 7:26 am

      Classic: Gibson’s (Mapunapuna)
      Under age fun: Lollipops (Keeaumoku) :p
      Hanabada days: Nakatani’s Drive Inn (Only those from 668 would know) 😉

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    • Posted by Earl Kawaguchi on April 27, 2017 at 10:54 am

      Aw you on the same wave length as me! Those two were my favorites! I dunno the old man’s name but everyone remembers him with his crew cut white hair!

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  128. No foget my Uncle Eddie’s Tenney Center Tavern Next to Ewa Gym, where you got the bestest hamburger in da Islands, and Da Long Store, with Yasui Stowa, Gyotoku’s and Norma’s Baba-shop.

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  129. Posted by KC on August 25, 2015 at 3:49 am

    This has been fun! Wisteria, Queen’s Surf, Monkey Bar, Dick’s hof brau (worked there right out of college), Canoe House, place in Hawaii Kai for chili/rice in little blue plastic banana split boats.

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  130. Posted by carol abe -- now sullivan on September 10, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    aiea community center, now aiea shopping center, where i took hula & sewing lessons; aiea theater- saturday morning cartoons, newsreels & movies; crackseed & candy store between aiea elem. school & the community center — amazing what a little money would buy — especially those wax candies filled w/flavored sugar/water; aiea store with so many things — but what i remember are the high ceilings & wooden floors; the boiled peanut vendors at the old stadium — so ono you’d suck the brown paper bag after eating the peanuts — same thing w/crackseed bags. too bad honda tofu in wahiawa just closed. driving on the old pali road to the windward side, making sure no mo’ pork in your car. don ho’s nightclub @ international marketplace — shirley temples & all those old haole ladies swooning over him & him loving it. we sure did spend a lot of our parents’ money…………… thanks for the good memories!

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  131. Posted by M. Tom on October 6, 2015 at 3:53 am

    Kapiolani Bakery’s double crust coconut pie. Da bes’ saimin in town: Tanoue’s and the Malt Shop on Waialae Ave., Kaimuki.

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  132. Posted by M. Tom on October 7, 2015 at 4:45 am

    The toilet bowl (blow hole) at Hanauma. Porky Pig Club and yelling “chaptah” (chapter) at Kaimuki Theater.

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  133. Posted by Greg Lum Ho on December 13, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    Gems in Kapalama, when it first opened you had to be a member like Costco,
    Alexander Young Bldg. Bishop St and the bakery at the corner ???
    Russells kiddy corner with the dark wooden floor and the YMCA up the Street,
    Hotel and Richard St.
    We must be Seniors to remember these places.

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  134. Posted by Albert on January 16, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Cinerama theater. Nippon theater.

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  135. Posted by Kea on April 4, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    What the name of the old Haleiwa hamburger stand across from Haleiwa beach park that sold hamburgers 5 for $1?

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  136. Posted by Wendy on April 5, 2016 at 12:53 am

    Jerry’s Sweet Shop is the drive-in in Haleiwa.

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  137. Posted by Ben on April 6, 2016 at 4:33 am

    I miss Chinese Patty’s in the Ala Moana and Pearlridge food court. Jolly Rogers Porky Boy Sandwiches.

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  138. Posted by Kathy Netzel on May 11, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    I visited Waikiki as a teenager in 1974 and an adult in 1985 and next summer I am bringing my children (13 & 22). I wish I could take them to my 2 favorite restaurants – Pieces of Eight and the Flamingo Chickwagon. Best ever!

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  139. Posted by P. Jay Galarneau on May 12, 2016 at 5:28 am

    Howzabout~ Kuhio Grill by University—Silver Surf in Waikiki by St. Augustine’s–Alakea Grill and Tasty Broiler Downtown
    !!!!!…………ONO, you know

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  140. Posted by P. Jay Galarneau on July 16, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    ‘The Surrey’ nightclub at Alapai Bus Barn
    !

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  141. Posted by Eugene Nabalta on November 29, 2016 at 1:54 am

    What about GIBSON’S Giant Sky Slide; ALA MOANA’S Keikiland; WAIALAE /KAIMUKI/KAPIOLANI /KALIHI Bowling Alleys; ALA WAI CANAL Boat Rides; CHUN HOONS Supermarket; WIGWAM, ROLLERWORLD/SKATELAND & other indoor skating rinks

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  142. Posted by Eugene Nabalta on November 29, 2016 at 3:30 am

    showbiz pizza in Aina haina shopping center; America underage disco in sand island; la Mancha /masquerades night club /the point after in the hawaiian regent Waikiki /powerstation at ilikai hotel that later was named steel wings/the winery downstairs of an outrigger hotel/pink cadillacs by the Waikiki 7-11 down the street from wave Waikiki /Atlantis in the Pacific beach hotel; lollipop lounge topeless dancing in Waikiki; pure platinum gentlemen lounge in international market place

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  143. Posted by Rob on March 28, 2017 at 1:06 am

    Magoo’s Pizza in the Times parking lot

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