Closing of a Childhood Memory

Spending summers in Hawaii with my grandparents, aunties, uncles, and cousins will be a memory that I'll always remember. Besides family, I have fond memories walking down Kapahulu Avenue to the beach, Zippy's Surf Pac, fishing, picking guava, malasadas from Leonard's, mango picking , shave ice after a day at the beach, oxtail soup at Kam Bow, plate lunch at Rainbow, Checkers and Pogo, and Ala Moana Center.

Crack Seed Center
Ala Moana Shopping Center
Honolulu, Hawaii

I was saddened to hear that one of my childhood favorites will be closing on Saturday, May 28th. The Crack Seed Center was one of the original tenants and fixture at Ala Moana for 52 years. It's also one of the places that I used as a landmark on the lower level mauka side of the mall. I'll be lost without them in more ways than just as a customer.

The store might be closing
but still available online

Cracked seeds are a variety of dehydrated and preserved fruit and a local snack favorite in Hawaii. At the end of our summers in Hawaii, we would make our usual stop here before heading back to the mainland. My auntie would always be sure that we had snacks for the plane and grandma would pick up goodies for us to take home for my dad.

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Pickled Mango
Next best thing
Since we can't get fresh ones from Hawaii...

As someone who consults a variety of small businesses, there aren't many that have been in business for over 50 years. Their success wasn't just selling cracked seeds, cause there's lots of places. It had to do with a consistent product line, customer service, and most of all, loyal customers.

Congratulations to a great run 
and will see you online!

Photos courtesy of Catherine Toth
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