Store bids aloha to Waialua
The Sagara okazuya closes tomorrow after 83 years of serving the community.
"Kathy Yamamoto's jaw dropped when she read a handwritten note posted outside a popular okazuya store in Waialua notifying customers that it is closing tomorrow.
"I can't believe it," said Yamamoto. "Wait until I tell my husband. He's going to fall on his face."
After 83 years of serving customers, Sagara Store, located in the rural town of Waialua across from Waialua High and Intermediate School, will close at 1 p.m. tomorrow."
-Excerpt from the Honolulu Star-Bulletin (July 21, 2005)
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It's a sad time for the residents of Wai'alua. In my younger days, I used to spend a lot of time in Wai'alua visiting with family. In recent years, I have gone to visit infrequently, but my visits to the Sagara Store will always be remembered.