RYAN’S TABLE BY Ryan Tatsumoto
Dukes Lane Market & Eatery
Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach Hotel
2255 Kühiö Ave.
What started in the 1940s as a neighborhood pharmacy and then reinvented itself in 1964 to become the ultimate convenience store with 30 locations in Waikïkï alone(!) — is growing once again. If you thought I was referring to Sidney and Minnie Kosasa’s ABC Store empire, you are absolutely right. You can’t walk more than a block in Waikïkï without spotting that familiar blue and white ABC Store logo.
According to the story, while on a trip to Miami, Sidney observed that tourists were purchasing goods mainly from convenience stores rather than expensive resort shops. He began envisioning a time when tourists would be flocking to Waikïkï. Of course, once Hawai‘i became the 50th star on the American flag, that tourist invasion did, in fact, happen and the Kosasas were ready to sell them anything they needed while vacationing in Waikïkï.