"We are heartsick to announce that we have to move what has always been our flagship store, but ever-rising rents, as well as the changing profile of Kailua, makes it impossible to stay in our current location and Kailua. We invite all our friends from Kailua, Waimanalo and Kaneohe to come by so we have the chance to say goodbye and thank you for thirty-five great years."
What does this mean for music lovers on Oahu?Well, if you live in town then you'll have easier access to not one but two record shops nearby: Jelly's in Kaka'ako and now Hungry Ear in the McCully/Moiliili neighborhood. (Again, their new address is 2615 South King Street, Suite A-100.) If you're accustomed to having a vinyl retailer a short drive from your Windward side abode, then you'll need to plan out a trip over the Pali to pay Dennie and Ward a visit. (I'm kinda joking, because the travel time from Kailua to Honolulu is fairly short, but us islanders like to make a fit about driving to the other side of the island.)
"Founded by three friends—Luke Yamashiro, Dennis Chun and Reynold Kong—in the summer of 1980, the store has persevered through good times and bad, through four store locations and six U.S. Presidents, from vinyl to cassette to compact disc and back to vinyl again."
Before you plan your first trip to Hungry Ear's new location......be sure to plan your trip to the third annual Hawaii Record Fair. Happening Sunday, July 27, 2014, this year promises another annual gathering of vinyl enthusiasts from across the island.
Hawaii Record Fair, packed.Collectors will come out from the woodwork to sell records to friends and strangers. Stores like Jelly's, Secret Record Store and Audiolab will be selling vinyl and audio equipment. The local college radio station KTUH will offer up pieces from its archives as well. And droves of diggers will be there early, so be sure to get there early too.