Hungry Ear reopens in Moiliili

Nov. 2, 2014 | 1 Comment
PHOTOS BY DENNIS ODA / STAR-ADVERTISERDennie Chong and Ward Yamashita, foreground, with family, friends and longtime customers at Hungry Ear's grand opening in Moiliili on Saturday.

PHOTOS BY DENNIS ODA / STAR-ADVERTISER

Dennie Chong and Ward Yamashita, foreground, with family, friends and longtime customers at Hungry Ear’s grand opening in Moiliili on Saturday.

BY JASON GENEGABUS / jason@staradvertiser.com

Longtime Kailua music store Hungry Ear Records reopened in Moiliili Saturday after more than 35 years in business on the Windward side of Oahu.

A private grand opening ceremony was held at the new location, 2615 South King Street, with owners Ward Yamashita and Dennie Chong hosting a small group of family, friends, longtime customers and the media. Local band Streetlight Cadence performed a short set of songs off their latest album, “After the War,” and national recording artist (and North Shore resident) Jack Johnson was on hand to help celebrate.

“Growing up, I spent many of my days at Hungry Ear Records searching for my favorite albums and discovering new music along the way,” Johnson said in a statement released before Saturday’s grand opening. “It’s exciting to see an independent record store thriving in Hawaii.”

Jack Johnson, with family in tow, did some digging for vinyl at the new Hungry Ear Records store in Moiliili on Saturday.

Jack Johnson, with family in tow, did some digging for vinyl at the new Hungry Ear Records store in Moiliili on Saturday.

Hungry Ear reopens in a familiar area for vinyl fans. Too-Gruvz was located in the neighborhood for years, while Stylus Honolulu operated in the same commercial building as the one Hungry Ear now calls home.

To keep the celebration going, for a limited time Hungry Ear will offer 20 percent off regularly priced items along with hundreds of used records and CDs available for $1 each and 45s for $.45.

Hungry Ear Records is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Call (808) 262-2175.
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Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com and follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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  • DWWashburn

    Great store, great selection!