‘We’re going to miss them’ — Kaua‘i says goodbye to Ishihara Market
WAIMEA —After nearly 90 years of service, westside staple Ishihara Market will permanently shut its doors on Saturday evening, citing lingering fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic as a contributing factor.
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Poke wasn’t the same after the family sold the store. That was the heart and soul of Ishihara Market. Foodland dropped the ball on this one when they chose profit over quality by switching to “PF” Ahi (previously frozen), and not supporting the local fishermen. Gonna miss the original Ishihara. The new one not so much.
Wir waren im April/Mai 2022 auf Kauai. Wir haben das Geschäft kennengelernt und uns dort verpflegt. Wir wurden sehr freundlich und kompetent bedient. Mahalo und alles gute für die zu
Wow, They’re finally closing. The older brother of the Ishihara Market went to school at Waimea High School in 1960s. The younger brother went to school at Waimea too in the 1980s. The grandparents owned the store. In the 1980s, they had a different look. The store was a orange color store and older version building. Before renovations. But they served the same thing basically. From what I can see, they’re probably not allowed to buy any merchandise or products. There are no buyers, because not qualified to buy any products is any one of the Ishiharas. But the family lives in Waimea. This is a sad thing to see. The insurance policies for medical is killing the business with bills, so they’re forced to close down. Good bye to a once prosperous business.
I think also that the community is part of the reason. You have a closely kinit community wanting a store open. It’s a family business, whose only means of education is at Waimea High School since 1930s. The kids all went to Waimea High School. So in the political arena, the family and the high school back up each other. Since the pandemic, it’s every man on their own and for themselves. Tough times. What did your local politicians have to say about it? No more outings. No more plate lunches sales for the high school games. No more community involvements. Big Deal? Maybe for some. But for them, it’s their livelihood.