Thanks to long time reader/poster “Snow” for sending me this quiz!
How much Hawaiian History do you know? Age is a plus here!!!
1.) The hotel’s name means the “surface of the sea”. It was built
near Chinn Ho’s family’s duck and rice pond. Ho’s company, Capital
Investment, got its start at McKinley High School in the 1920’s to
pay for a broken window.
2.) This name literally means “white tree store”, and was founded in
1662 in Edo , Japan as a drapery and notions store.
3.) This company was once called Waialua Garage, a two car service
station in Waialua
4.) This company was founded 105 years ago. It burned down in its
first 6 months then again 20 years later. To bring supplies to
Hawaii , they built their own ship, the fastest 5-masted schooner in
5.) Retail guru, Glenn Kaya brought this company to Hawaii in 1958.
You had to be a member to come into the store. They leased out space
to businesses that ran its various departments. ABC Stores,
Wong’s Drapery, C.S Wo, Mid-Pacific Lumber, Chun Kim Chow, and Hauoli were all
tenants of this company which closed in1993.
6.) Most remember this company as a fabric and dry goods store in Ala
Moana Center but 75 years ago, the store was known and loved around
the world as Hawaii ‘s best shirt maker. Chotaru Miyamoto ran
advertisements using pidgin and broken English that locals found
cute and touching.
7.) Shopping on Oahu used to be in the downtown area. When Lowell
Dillingham proposed building a 100-acre City of Tomorrow retail mall
at Ala Moana, downtown businesses were reluctant to move, until this
store made a commitment. It began as a watch company in Chicago in
8.) This retailer on several islands carries the name of a well-known
Hawaiian entertainer from the 1950’s. You can see the largest Aloha Shirt
in the world at their Honolulu store.
9.) Can you remember the name of the super market on School Street
and Nuuanu Avenue ? It opened in 1935 and closed in 1983.
10.) Thahn Quoc Lam started this sandwich place in 1984 and now has
more than 20 franchises. The name means ” Paris ” in Vietnamese.
11.) These now-gone sister restaurants at Ala Moana Center were
famous for pastrami sandwiches and Chinese take out. Calvin Chun
owned both and named them for his daughters.
12.) This restaurant began as a four-table Japanese restaurant on New
York ‘s west side in 1964. They are the most successful Japanese
restaurant in the U.S. , having prepared over 100 million meals. The
recipe for success was blending exotic Japanese dishes with a
dazzling chef performance.
13.) Perhaps the oldest restaurant in Honolulu , it opened in 1882.
When tourists asked cab drivers to take them to the best Chinese
restaurant in town, they took them here, partially because the fare
14.) The oldest school in Hawaii , built in 1831 as a seminary for
young men. It is the ninth oldest school in the U.S. The neighbor
island institution prides itself with being the ” Oldest School West
of the Rockies .”
I took out a couple of hints to make it a little bit harder.
To keep the game going, go ahead and think of someplace and put out some hints so we can try to figure out where you’re talking about. Could be something as simple as “Go now Hawaii, Why pay more?”
Just make sure to check back in and let us know if someone guessed it correctly.
btw, Re: #4 – All day on Friday (8/20) to celebrate Admission’s Day – all sales will be tax-free! One day only, though.
Have a fun and safe 3 day weekend!
*If you’re looking for something to do on Saturday night – Powerhouse will be playing at Gordon Biersch from 8:30 to midnight. Garlic fries! *but I think Paula and I will be checking out a bon dance that night.