HONOLULU (KHON2) — Ishiharaya, identified for its plantation tea cookies, is closing its doorways for good on Nov. 13. Longtime clients say it’s an finish of an period, however the reminiscences will final perpetually.
“It’s tradition, it’s one thing that we’re going to overlook,” mentioned Rusty Radona from Aiea.
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“I’ve been right here on a regular basis stocking up on the final bit,” mentioned Gail Fukumoto, a longtime buyer.
There might be restricted merchandise obtainable at locations Ishiharaya distributes to by way of the tip of the yr. In the meantime, there’s solely two and a half weeks left of the retail location in Waipahu, and clients aren’t ready until the final minute to get their arms on these iconic snacks.
“Immediately I obtained the various, they usually restricted me for the one bag of poi and I obtained a bag,” mentioned Fukumoto.
“Ginger goes to be the most effective ones, proper, and the senbei, the sesame, and the opposite ones that they’ve, they usually have the poi too which is superior,” mentioned Radona.
The enterprise hasn’t mentioned why it’s closing, however Retail Retailers of Hawaii says the COVID pandemic has introduced on many sudden challenges.
“With them closing, it type of makes you assume, the place am I going to go?” mentioned Tina Yamaki, Retail Retailers of Hawaii president. “The place am I going to purchase this stuff? And it’s unhappy as a result of all of us grew up with it. It was at all times that was the one factor that lots of people went to deliver again whether or not it was for buddies on the mainland or omiyage to the neighbor islands. That’s the unhappy half once you lose these nostalgic type of locations to go.”
Longtime clients are grateful for all of the years of service.
“I want them the most effective,” mentioned Radona.
“Thanks for all your exhausting work for the neighborhood,” mentioned Fukumoto.
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The final day for enterprise is Nov. 13. Ishiharaya already has limits on their well-liked senbei cookies and different gadgets.