The Oldest General Store In Hawaii Has A Fascinating History
There is something incredibly comfortable and nostalgic about visiting an old country general store in a small town, and nowhere is that more true than the Hawaiian Islands. And though we love these charming general stores as much as the next person, there is one store that will always hold a special place in the hearts of all of those who have visited. Located in the tiny, remote Hawaiian community of Hana is the Hasegawa General Store, thought to be the oldest general store in all of Hawaii.
The general store is even the subject of a 1961 song by Paul Weston, aptly titled “Hasegawa General Store” with lyrics describing the little all-purpose shop; “As you walk through the doorway what a great surprise / There’s a wonderful variety of merchandise / It’s all spread out there before your eyes / At the Hasegawa General Store.” Check out a popular rendition of the song below.
The Hasegawa General Store also sells various locally-made items, some of which you can only find at Hasegawa’s – for an extensive list of these exclusive products, check out the Heavenly Hana website. The iconic shop can be found at 5165 Hana Highway just past the turn-off to the Hana Ranch Restaurant on the left side of the road.
With more than 10 years of experience as a professional writer, Megan holds a degree in Mass Media from her home state of Minnesota. After college, she chose to trade in her winter boots for slippahs and moved to the beautiful island of Oahu, where she has been living for more than five years. She lives on the west side but is constantly taking mini-road trips across the island and visits the neighboring islands whenever she can getaway. She loves hiking, snorkeling, locally-grown coffee, and finding the best acai bowl on Oahu.
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