The Nagata Store closes after 78 years

The Nagata Store closes after 78 years

There are 14 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Jun 22, 2008, titled The Nagata Store closes after 78 years. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

The novelty of buying fresh poke, rubber slippers and the newspaper all while passing through Paia town is something long-time customers of the Nagata Store will miss when the mom-and-pop retailer closes its ...

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Sorry Californian

United States

#1 Jun 22, 2008
So sorry to see you go, but glad to hear that it was a family decision. My family and I visit Maui frequently, and the Nagata Store is ALWAYS a place that we stop on our way to Hana. Though we've driven the road to Hana dozens of times, it is always one of our most enjoyable things to do on Maui because of our love for the town and people of Paia. You will be missed.

San Antonio, TX

#2 Jun 22, 2008
Thanks again, Linda Lingle. Your redistribution of wealth program to invite every big box store, ie. Walmart, to Hawaii and destroy another unique local business is a success. It wasnt long before you arrived, that the previous administration fought off a second department to compete with Liberty House at Ala Moana. The previous administrations, although not perfect, valued and protected local businesses.
Walmart's stock recently hit a 52 week high. At the same time, a confidence survey amongst Hawaii's business owners hit an all time low. All for cheaper socks. good job!
Dorcey Wend Rose

Annapolis, MD

#3 Jun 22, 2008
I can't believe that this wonderful institution is closing. My sister and I used to ride our bikes to Nagata's and buy Li Hi Mui. Since our parents didn't think that it was good that we ate so much of it, we had a secret LHM code. I lived in Paia in 1957 and 1958 and went to Kaunoa School. About 14 years ago, we went back for a visit and I took my children into the store. Change is hard. Dorcey

Honolulu, HI

#4 Jun 22, 2008
I hate seeing the seeing the small business get zero government support while the Ko'olinas and the Kapolei mall developers get huge tax breaks and millions. Folks like the Nagatas are what make Hawaii.

Hopefully one day we can have politicians who represent Hawaii and not just the corrupt big business interests.
Maui Girl

United States

#5 Jun 22, 2008
I don't think you folks are reading the article. The Nagata family WANTS TO RETIRE. They are not being driven out or going broke!!!

Winters, CA

#6 Jun 22, 2008
Hey crash9999
Dont blame Walmart or Lingle.....Its your people's fault...hawaiians never miss a chance to fail....If your people didnt shop there the box stores would'nt exist

Ewa Beach, HI

#7 Jun 22, 2008
Always sad when a landmark establishment closes

Henderson, NV

#8 Jun 22, 2008
Good luck to your retirement!

Tualatin, OR

#9 Jun 22, 2008
Growing up in Hawaii my most fond memories are those of mom and pop stores who sell local products and "talk story" with the regulars who hung out at the store. A favorite Hawaiian pastime slowly fading into oblivion.
You Bet

San Bernardino, CA

#10 Jun 23, 2008
I agree with "Visitor" from Oregon. I, too, have fond memories of Paia store. I lived in Wailuku, but used to drive to Paia to visit the store. "Talk story" was the best part of visiting the store. May you all enjoy your retirement. Much Aloha!

Encino, CA

#11 Jun 23, 2008
Windjammer wrote:
Hey crash9999
Dont blame Walmart or Lingle.....Its your people's fault...hawaiians never miss a chance to fail....If your people didnt shop there the box stores would'nt exist
100% correct Windjammer....Hey, while we're at it, lets blame GO! Airlines too.
Okole Maluna


#12 Jun 23, 2008

San Antonio, TX

#13 Jun 23, 2008

I guess a 28% decrease in home values and a all time high foreclosures ( not to mention Walmart getting $60 million in healthcare subsidies from California tax payers every year) make Californians winners. Btw, Hawaii has experienced little or no change in home values. You missed the point, but Im not holding my breathe you will.
Kauai Guy

United States

#14 Jun 25, 2008
Time marches on. Best wishes!

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