Family-Run Photo Studio Has Been Capturing Maui’s Community for 87 Years

Melissa Tanji
Special to The Hawai‘i Herald

Rick Shimomura says people still call him “Mr. Nagamine.”

The Maui photographer doesn’t mind, though. After all, “Mr. Nagamine” was his maternal grandfather, Harold Nagamine Sr., who founded Nagamine Photo Studio in Lahaina in 1931 and later opened a studio in Wailuku.

The Lahaina studio closed decades ago, but Shimomura continues to run the Wailuku studio in a newer building with the same name.

It is definitely an accomplishment for a small, family-run business to survive for 87 years, but can a local photo studio survive another generation?

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