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POSTED: Thursday, October 22, 2009

From the mom-and-pops to the largest employing thousands of workers, Hawaii's seasoned businesses have paved the way during Hawaii's first 50 years as a state. The cultural diversity that has created Hawaii's unique environment has also flavored its business community, creating a strong, varied economic base.

When we asked for help in compiling a list of businesses that have been here for at least 50 years, readers responded quickly and enthusiastically with e-mails, letters and phone calls. We received many more than we have been able to acknowledge in this publication.

We have tried to compile a cross section of businesses that reflect our community. Some longtime businesses fall into predictable groups that appear under general headings: financial companies, hospitals and retailers. We also spotlight interesting and, in some cases, one-of-a-kind enterprises. In addition, there are many stand-alone photos of a varied group of businesses—what makes these companies especially valuable is their proprietors.

In the end it is the extraordinary people who have made all the companies in these pages survivors.





        Mary's Barber Shop | Kaya's Fishing Supply Inc. | Hawaiian Airlines | Art Nelson Sailmaker Inc. | New England Financial | City Mill | Foodland | C.S. Wo & Sons | Shirokiya | Sears | Longs Drug Stores | Maui Divers Jewelry | Midtown Radio | Alexander & Baldwin Inc. | R. Baird & Co. Inc. | Castle & Cooke Inc. | Kamaka Hawaii, Inc. | Sentinel Alarm | Wong's Drapery | Hawaiian Electric Co. | Abel R. Mattos, Engraver | Queen's Medical Center | Wahiawa General Hospital | Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children | Chuck's Steak House | Fujikami Florist | Hawaii Hochi | Kaimuki Dry Goods Ltd. | Williams Photography | Tuxedos by Hale Niu | Hula Records | First Hawaiian Bank | Territorial Savings Bank | Central Pacific Bank | Bank of Hawaii | T&H Leather Wear and Shoe Repair | The Monogram Shop LLC | Chun Wah Kam Noodle Factory | Menehune Mac | Matsumoto Shave Ice | Sekiya's Delicatessen | Hardware Hawaii | Palolo Auto Service | Eki Cyclery | Hasegawa General Store