Candy store closes its doors

Eva Ikeda
Eva Ikeda
Beverly Kurokawa
Beverly Kurokawa

By Roger Mari - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - The sweet life of an island candy maker has turned sour because of Hawaii's challenging economy.

The labors of love that many have grown to love will soon be no more.

Unable to negotiate a lease with their landlord, Eva Ikeda and her husband Jared will close up shop after 17 years. An increase in the prices of raw products, combined with high rent and the cost of moving equipment made it an easy decision.

"When my husband calculated how much it would cost and everything, it was like no," said owner Eva Ikeda.

The announcement brought in first time customers and some who have been buying the popular snacks for years.

"I'm really sad because they have one of the best peanuts, you know roasted peanuts," said customer Beverly Kurokawa.

Eva Ikeda says she'll miss her loyal customers, her staff of 17-years, and even all the work that goes into running a successful business.

"We're going to miss the hard work. The mochi is labor intensive. We do mostly everything by hand," said Eva Ikeda.

"Nothing can beat the homemade items," said Beverly Kurokawa.

The Ikedas have spent much of their lives working. Now they will take on another tough project, spending more time with their three grand kids.

"I feel like I'm wasting my life because I'm not doing anything, because we do it 6 days a week. Of course babysitting is very hard," said Eva Ikeda.

The Ikedas are looking forward to a relaxing retirement after serving up some of the tastiest snacks to everyone who stopped by.

The Peanut shop and Moiliili Mochi and Candies store" will close on July 23.