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Barefoot Days in Kailua: Minding the Store

Beginning in the early 1900’s, all Kailua stores were located where the streams enter into the Kawai Nui Marsh. It was here that a thriving rice industry had sprouted – including three rice mills. The stores played a central role in the emerging urbanization.

Before the moderni Pali Haighway was constructed (1955 – 1960), a thriving early community of immigrant farmers blended in with the Hawaiian families already there to experiment in a consumer lifestyle. It demanded patience, trust, hard work, cooperation, and, when making a purchase, a good credit rating. It was an experiment demanding much flexibility – so much so that today all of Kailua’s stores are situated three miles down the road.

A panel of early residents – moderated by Dr. Paul Brennan – will share their memories.

September 17, 2008
7:00 pm
Trinity Presbyterian Church
875 Auloa Rd