A few more things you wish were still around in Hawaii.
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Coco’s Coffee House closed it’s doors on Aug. 31, 1986 after 26 years of business on the corner of Kapiolani and Kalakaua, it made way for a new business, The Hard Rock Cafe (moved to Beachwalk). Before Coco’s, The Kau Kau Korner was in that location. Coco’s was one of three Hawaiian-style coffee shops designed by the famous architect Pete Wimberly. The other two were Tops and Popo’s. What are some of your memories of Coco’s?
Photo Credit: Honolulu Magazine & Vic&Becky
The Kuhio Theater opened in 1946, in Waikiki, Honolulu. During the 1960’s, the Kuhio Theater featured road shows, and in October of 1966, the Hawaiian premiere of the movie “Hawaii”, based on the James Michener novel, was held at the theater. The Kuhio Theater was twinned in the 1980’s, and 70mm screening capabilities were removed. It could originally seat over 880. After it closed in the 1990’s, the twin was demolished in 1996 to make way for a new shopping center. (King Kalakaua Plaza) What are some of your memories of Kuhio Theater?
GEM, a membership retailer,changed the face of Hawaii’s retail scene. The Ward Avenue GEM opened in 1962. Honolulu Mayor Neal Blaisdell, Lt. Gov. James Kealoha and the Royal Hawaiian Band welcomed a crowd of 9,000 at its grand opening. The first store opened in 1958 on Dillingham Blvd. GEM had 6 stores in Hawaii including Kaneohe, Waipahu & stores in Hilo on the Big island and in Lihue on Kauai. All stores closed in 1993. Source: Hawaii News – Honolulu Star-Advertiser What are some of your memories of GEM?
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Originally posted on WeHeartHawaii [lightbulbs]:
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…
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The City of Paris Department Store (San Francisco) put up that huge fir tree every year starting in 1909. The store was located where the current Nieman-Marcus store is today. Take a look at the stained glass ceiling that was saved and installed in the new building… but based on images I’ve seen, the original was magnificent! Photo by Gordon Peters of the San Francisco Chronicle, Circa 1959.
Circa 1955 – Source: S.F. Public Library via Lost San Francisco
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