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    E kala mai if this should be in an existing thread

    Noticed that Bestsellers book store on the Hotel St side of Bishop Square complex is closing - lost their lease.

    Also, Ian Lind mentions today he's learned that Wong's Drapery Shoppe has closed (Beretania near Ke`eaumoku).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimo View Post
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    Also, Ian Lind mentions today he's learned that Wong's Drapery Shoppe has closed (Beretania near Ke`eaumoku).
    Oh...POOP! I was headed their way once the 2 projects I'm working on are pau. Such great customer service. Sorry to see them go after so many years.

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    A lone commenter on Ian's site stated that Wong's had closed, but then posted again to say he called the store and that they are in fact STILL OPEN.

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    Yeah, I drove by there on the way home last night (6-ish) and the lights were on . . .

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    I'm sad about BestSellers Book Store. They are the only book store downtown, great service, and a postal annex inside where you could ship stuff = much more convenient that going all the way to the post office. They lost their magazine distributor some time ago and just seemed to fade after that. I will be very sad to see them go.

    Hopefully, Bishop Square will see the wisdom of putting another book store in their place.
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    Coming back from my morning run, I noticed that Blockbuster Video on Piikoi Street near Ala Moana Center is closing. It was the first Blockbuster store to open in Hawaii. I'm sure there will be more Blockbuster closings.

    But for now, everything is on sale! The sign says 7.99, which is pretty pricey for a closing, but I'm sure it will come down lower and lower as the weeks go by. So if you're in the market for some cheap DVDs or video games, this might be a good place to explore.

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    Wonder if it's in anticipation of bankruptcy filing, which has been much discussed in the papers this week.

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    I was in Kahala mid day last week and Blockbuster on Hunakai/Waialae looked dark. No cars in the parking lot either. Or, did I miss a previous mention about this store?!!

    As an (off topic) aside...this piece of property was previously home to Barry's Union 76 station...the epitome of the friendly, customer service oriented, neighborhood service station. I still miss that place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tutusue View Post
    As an (off topic) aside...this piece of property was previously home to Barry's Union 76 station...the epitome of the friendly, customer service oriented, neighborhood service station. I still miss that place.
    If you ever got gas there during the graveyard shift during what would have been the UH-M fall semester in 1988, we almost certainly met long before we knew each other. I worked there for about five months while suspended from school. Barry was a really good guy; one of the few successful businessmen I ever worked for whom I really respected as a person AND business owner.

    I don't know what used to be here on Waiakamilo near Dillingham, but I have walked or driven past it a million times, and now it's gone. Just a really cool-looking empty building, available for lease now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scrivener View Post
    If you ever got gas there during the graveyard shift during what would have been the UH-M fall semester in 1988, we almost certainly met long before we knew each other. I worked there for about five months while suspended from school. Barry was a really good guy; one of the few successful businessmen I ever worked for whom I really respected as a person AND business owner.
    I doubt that I was there that late! But happy to hear a former employee verify my observations. Kelly, his daughter, also worked there. Whatta sweetheart. I'll never forget lending my college age daughter my car (my Porsche years!) when she was home on break. Kelly was on the No. Shore and saw my car with my daughter behind the wheel. Kelly called me asking if I knew about it! Good thing Michele had permission 'cuz Kelly would've ratted her out! A few years previous, same daughter had the family station wagon when she got a flat tire near her school. I was on location and couldn't leave so I called Barry. He immediately got in his car and helped her out. Wow. This is making me so nostalgic!

    After Barry's station was vacated, the property was enclosed with a chain link fence. Then, Barry passed away and that fence became a shrine to him with flowers placed in almost every puka. It was a testament to the love the entire Kahala neighborhood had for him. And, other neighborhoods, too, I'm sure.
    I don't know what used to be here on Waiakamilo near Dillingham, but I have walked or driven past it a million times, and now it's gone. Just a really cool-looking empty building, available for lease now.
    Edwards Enterprise...a print shop. They've moved to Puuhale Rd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tutusue View Post
    Kelly, his daughter, also worked there. Whatta sweetheart.
    She was hot, too. And a former HBA student before my time there. Don't know if she graduated there.

    Barry's mechanic when I was there was named Steve (I think) and he was also top-of-the-line. I learned a lot about how to communicate competence and competently from Steve.

    Several years ago, I wrote a short story based on my time there and received an honorable mention in the Honolulu Magazine fiction contest. Most of the story was made up, but the flavor of it was all what I remember of my experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scrivener View Post
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    Several years ago, I wrote a short story based on my time there and received an honorable mention in the Honolulu Magazine fiction contest. Most of the story was made up, but the flavor of it was all what I remember of my experience.
    Is it posted anywhere? I'd love to read it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrivener View Post
    I don't know what used to be here on Waiakamilo near Dillingham, but I have walked or driven past it a million times, and now it's gone. Just a really cool-looking empty building, available for lease now.
    That was the former home of Edwards Enterprises, a professional printing company. They've relocated over to 240 Puuhale Road.

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    Perry's Smorgy in Waikiki closed this weekend:

    http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/2...ing_doors.html

    Anyone know how many years it was in business?

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    Is Diamond Head Video on Kalakaua closing? There's a banner on the store with the word "closing" on it.

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    All video stores will close.
    Land line telephone companies are struggling.
    Land line cable companies will die within 10 years.
    Land line power companies will be kaput within 30 years.

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    Unhappy RIP, Honolulu Symphony

    After 110 years, the Honolulu Symphony officially closed down late last night, according to a Breaking News item on the StarAdvertiser website.
    Major bummer.
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    My legs are doing a happy dance, but the rest of me asks if a major city can't keep their symphony running well, what's wrong with this picture?

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    why would you be happy about the end of Honolulu Symphony? they were wonderful!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LikaNui View Post
    After 110 years, the Honolulu Symphony officially closed down late last night, according to a Breaking News item on the StarAdvertiser website.
    Major bummer.
    The Honolulu Symphony's demise is a bummer..... but not necessarily the end for classical music in this city.

    Hawaii News Now

    "Well, I wouldn't say 'R.I.P. a symphony,'" said Musicians Union President Brien Matson. "I don't know about the Honolulu Symphony itself, the name itself. But there are still musicians here, and obviously there's community interest in a symphony."

    "We think that this provides an opportunity for new leadership with a real vision of what a professional symphony orchestra is, to come forward and finally produce that for the community," Parrish said.
    So there's some optimism for a new orchestra to rise out of the ashes of the now-defunct Honolulu Symphony. But I wonder if you'll continue to hear the same positive tones from Matson and Parrish if a new orchestra is able to emerge,..... but with non-union musicians.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankie's Market View Post
    The Honolulu Symphony's demise is a bummer ..... but not necessarily the end for classical music in this city.
    I sure hope you're right about that.

    Interesting that Ben's article has something about responding to "RIP the symphony," which as far as I know is a phrase that wasn't used anywhere else except in the title of my post #17 above. We know many local media folk lurk here in HT. Ben, step up and say Howzit!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankie's Market View Post
    ... if a new orchestra is able to emerge,..... but with non-union musicians.
    Or do as they did here in Seattle many years ago: the Symphony & Opera musicians all left the American Federation of Musicians and formed their own union (Seattle Symphony & Opera Players' Organization).

    This has opened up countless opportunities for them to negotiate more flexibly, and has made the Seattle Symphony a top ensemble for film soundtrack work. They are cheaper than the L.A.-based musicians, they have a reputation for being top-notch sight-readers, and there are recording companies here that specialize in doing orchestral sessions. The SSO often does film scores without credit, so you've likely heard them at some point; they are affordable for smaller-budget and indie films, but they've also done big ones (like "Mr. Holland's Opus").

    They have released more than 80 recordings in the past 20 years. Unique to the group is the fact that the union has no paid employees. Members who perform various functions, from negotiating contracts to providing food for monthly business meetings, do so voluntarily. Even the chairperson is unpaid.

    The costs of doing business in Honolulu might prevent film work from being a major option - but the union-restructuring might still be something to consider; creative folks tend to come up with creative solutions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo Lakio View Post
    the Symphony & Opera musicians all left the American Federation of Musicians and formed their own union (Seattle Symphony & Opera Players' Organization).

    This has opened up countless opportunities for them to negotiate more flexibly, and has made the Seattle Symphony a top ensemble for film soundtrack work.

    The costs of doing business in Honolulu might prevent film work from being a major option - but the union-restructuring might still be something to consider; creative folks tend to come up with creative solutions.
    Whatever plan is implemented to revive a symphony orchestra here (no union, different union, whatever), flexibility and restructuring will be the key ingredients towards creating long-term sustainability. These changes may be too much for some of the musicians to accept and they will threaten to take their services elsewhere.... to which I would say, "Adios, good luck." And then, go out and look for the most talented replacements available who have both a passion for music..... and living in Hawaii.

    Just over a year ago, I posted about the possibility for the local symphony to be augmented by talented, capable non-professional musicians living in the community. And the negative response to that idea? It would not be acceptable to the Musicians Union. But now that Chap. 7 bankruptcy has hit everyone between the eyes, will the union now sing a different tune? (Pardon the pun.)

    The Symphony's official site offers an interesting perspective on how their organization managed to survive for over a century.

    Founded in 1900, the Honolulu Symphony claims the distinction of being the oldest American orchestra west of the Rocky Mountains!

    The Honolulu Symphony has undergone a series of transformations over the course of its first century, responding to the challenges and opportunities of the times.
    Yep, an organization like the Symphony doesn't survive for over a 100 years without being able to adapt to the times and changing circumstances.

    It has endured two World Wars, the Great Depression, financial crises, and changing musical and cultural fashions.
    Very true. Prior to bankruptcy, the only thing able to silence the Honolulu Symphony was the Musicians Union strike of 1993.

    Hmmm, there we go with the union again.

    The orchestra of professional musicians that performs today on the stage of the Blaisdell Center Concert Hall may bear little resemblance to the first group of amateur musicians which met in a clubhouse on the slopes of Punchbowl nearly 107 years ago.
    Amateurs playing with pros in the Honolulu Symphony? Absolute BLASPHEMY, as far as the Musicians Union is concerned. And yet, it was amateurs in the community who created the venerable orchestra that the present-day musicians are now privileged to be a part of.

    However, one thing remains constant, the mission of the Honolulu Symphony is to enhance the quality of life of the people of Hawaii by sustaining a symphony orchestra of the highest artistic quality.
    It's too bad that somewhere along the way, that noble mission has been derailed by bickering between labor and management, with both sides seemingly oblivious to the restructuring and changes needed in order to survive into a 21st century world.
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    How about the people who like listening to live Mozart?

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    The Pipeline Cafe is closing in February.
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