Punaluu, Hawaii (KHON2) — Punaluu convenience stores are celebrating their 75th anniversary.
Beverly Hashimoto is the second owner of the Kaya’s Store. Her father opened the store in 1946.
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“He grew up in a poor family,” Hashimoto said of his father. “That’s his way. All he knew was to work hard, he got up early and came home late.”
The family business has changed significantly over the last 75 years.
“This was once a butcher. [My father] I used to carve meat, “Hashimoto said of a small corner of the store, which is now a kitchen serving plate lunches.
One thing that hasn’t changed is the appeal and importance of the store to the Punalu’u community.
“They know you,” said Robert, a longtime customer of the Kaya’s Store. “They know what you want. They know what you need. When you come in, they can sometimes guess you first. Homely It just brings a nice atmosphere. “
Early morning and late night were inherited by Beverly in the 90’s. Her husband, Vern, also helps a lot. However, Van acknowledges the success of the store to his wife.
“She was a fashion designer,” said Van Hashimoto about his wife, Beverly. “So she has no retail, restaurant or bookkeeping background. I’m very proud of her.”
Mr. Hashimoto is not just a convenience store. They sell soda, but most run their own kitchen.
When COVID-19 hit the island, Mr. Hashimoto said they were incredibly worried.
“Everyone who goes through the door should express their gratitude and gratitude because tourists never come,” Beverly said. Pandemic.
But in the end, the Kaya store didn’t need tourists to survive.
“Business has skyrocketed! I mean almost immediately,” Burn said. “People have just begun to spend their time locally, which means they really did.”
Those locals are very grateful to Beb and Vern.
“I think we need the whole community on this side,” Robert said. “After going down that road, go down this road. The locals didn’t rely too much on this store because there weren’t many tourists coming out.
On the store’s 75th anniversary, Bev and Vern are celebrating the most successful year of business to date.
“I’m not the one to give up,” said Beverly Hashimoto. “As you know, we work long hours, but that’s okay. By the end of the day, we’re happy.”
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