Furniture Store Closes Doors After 34 Years

Gary Corwin
Gary Corwin

HONOLULU (KHNL)- Their claim to fame is being the oldest business on Ward Avenue, and after 30 years, they're closing their doors for good.

The Bamboo Barn stood strong for 34 years in Kakaako, and could have gone longer but for founder Bob Short, it's time to move on.

"My time has come, I've been here a long time doing this, I still have some things that I want to do in life so I'm going to go on and try something else." said Bob Short, co-owner of The Bamboo Barn.

It began as a bamboo and rattan furniture store, then in 2000 an Indonesian flare was added to the business, but The Bamboo Barn name and location remained the same.

"Since it's been here for so long, it's become a location point. It's like Ala Moana Shopping Center, or like Tower Records. Everybody knows these locations." Said Garry Corwin, co-owner of The Bamboo Barn.

A lot of unique furniture sold over the years to ordinary people and some well known television celebrities.

"Like Hawaii 5-0, I've come to know Jack Lord through here, a lot of different people have come through here, it's been very interesting."

Bob has a list of things to which include spending time with family.

"To start out, I have a lot of work to be done on my home I'd like to get done finally, and then I have a son that I do a lot of things with, and we may do something together."

Bob and Garry hope to close out The Bamboo Barn with a bang, with prices that should be music to the ears of customers.

The Bamboo Barn will remain open until the end of April, or until all of the furniture is sold.