Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023 |
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KAPA‘A — “We’ll be open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is not a joke,” states the hand-written sign at Higashi’s in Kapa‘a.
What the sign did not say was there was a large assortment of stuffed animals, clothes, books, and even some television sets sitting outside the door, adding excitement to the big event taking place at M. Miura Store next door.
Higashi’s and Bubba’s Burgers next door were all part of a 101st and Counting anniversary event, said Sara Miura, a fifth-generation Miura.
Tad Miura, a fourth-generation Miura, said the original M. Miura Store opened in August 1909 and last year the family celebrated its 100th anniversary about the same time.
“That was a really good event,” Sara Miura said. “On the first day of the anniversary event, we had an opportunity for the Miura family to get together, visit the graves, and in that process, got to realize how lucky we are.
“We got to think about our family and how tightly knit we are and the love we share for each other,” she said. “But we also realized the support we get from the community who shops here. We would not be who we are without that support and we are so appreciative of all our friends.”
That drives the generations of Miura in providing the best they can for their customers.
“We’ve had events for the past several weeks, a backpack special for back-to-school, and even a families’ event so the students could get clothes for going back to school,” Sara Miura said. “Today’s event is kind of the climax of everything.”
During the Saturday event that overflowed the wood-framed store into the parking lot, customers could make their own custom sandals, or slippahs in the local vernacular, with a Quiksilver or Roxy purchase of $25 or more.
A custom trucker cap could also leave with a customer making a purchase of Lost, Metal Mulisha, O’Neill or Rusty items totalling $25 or more.
A Reef inflatable accompanied any Reef sandal purchase at the regular price.
Despite the numerous tables of items on discount spread out in the expanse of tents, customers still had room to enjoy the dining specials from both Higashi’s and Bubba’s Burgers with the lure of shave ice from the Snow Bunnies helping with the rising temperatures.
“Maile Aki is handling the Quiksilver store in the Kukui‘ula Shopping Village where the Village is celebrating its one-year anniversary today,” Sara Miura said. “Quiksilver down there is not a year old yet, but Maile and her staff have items to add to the Kukui‘ula celebration.”
In addition to the M. Miura Store in Kapa‘a and the Quiksilver store in Kukui‘ula, the Miura family also handles Deja Vu Surf Hawai‘i and the Deja Vu Underground stores located in the Kukui Grove Center.
“Zayley Low is a sixth-generation Miura and was born just this summer,” Sara Miura said.
“He’s here today because you’re never too young to learn how to show your appreciation for people who help you get to where you are,” she said. “We are 101 and counting.”
• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or email@example.com.
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