Another jewel in the pantheon of small businesses calling it quits was announced last week. Kakesako Brothers Jewelers has been a downtown landmark for 58-years, and now it will be closing. The passing of Tommy Kakesako last August, and the difficulty in keeping the family-owned business going, means that we are losing a true gem. The people at Kakesako- Tommy, Robin, Margie, and all of the friendly staff, made shopping for jewelry a charm.

Take it from someone who's not a huge fan of shopping nor a real expert on fashion and style, a trip to Kakesako made everyone feel cared for, listened to, and valued. Tommy was a member of the vaunted 442nd Regiment, "L" Company, and he was a dear friend to my family for the past 30-years. He had the true spirit of caring, defined ohana, and possessed a depth of soul that always shone through his quiet, passive demeanor.

I will always cherish my memories of Tommy sitting there with his magnifying monocle, fixing a watch or tweaking a bracelet's insides. He was a peaceful warrior, a credit to his country and his industry, and a pal to my late dad. We need more Kakesako's out there, in many places, in all of our lives, and this retail jewelry establishment is a local diamond in the rough that will surely be missed. Think about it...