Kaimuki music store on the move

Alan Yoshioka, vice president of Harry's Music
Alan Yoshioka, vice president of Harry's Music
Frank Hammerle
Frank Hammerle

KAIMUKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A long-time Kaimuki business closed its doors on Monday night, but Harry's Music isn't shutting down like many other mom and pop stores. It's just moving to a new location.

Brothers Harry and Masao Yoshioka opened the store in 1946. They kept up with the changing times, from vinyl records and cassette tapes to compact discs. But after 65 years in this same spot, the Yoshioka family sold the aging building and workers are getting ready to move out.

"This might be a terrific move for us because we don't have to think of renovating, hopefully, for the next 15, 20 years, maybe at the new location," said Alan Yoshioka, vice president of Harry's Music.

"I'm sad it won't be here. It won't be in the exact same place. It won't be in the same atmosphere. It won't be in the same building," said customer Frank Hammerle.

Harry's Music sells specialty items like instruments and sheet music. Instructors and students come here for music lessons as well as and instrument repairs. Many local entertainers have also walked through the doors.

"We started out many years with even Don Ho being a friend of the store. We had Gabby, Aunty Genoa, Aunty Irmgard, Aunty Cummings, and the list keeps growing and growing," said Yoshioka.

Harry's Music will be moving down the street into the former animal hospital next to McDonald's on Waialae Avenue. The building is about one-tenth of the current space so classic merchandise like records, tapes, and old piano books will be marked down for a clearance sale.

"Like 5 for 99 cents, 10 for 99 cents or whatever. We're going to go wild and try to get a lot of these things that we've been hanging onto and it's time to just let it go," explained Yoshioka.

"It's not like any other music store. It has history that goes back, long way, you can see it in the store itself and all the nooks and crannies and they have things you can't find anywhere else," said Hammerle.

The original store will re-open for the clearance sale on January 27-28 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and items still left on the 29th will be given away for free between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Harry's Music will re-open in its new location sometime in February.

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