February 15, 1999
Meet Alden Tokuzato of Waikane Store.
Waikane Store has been in business for 101 years now. Alden and his family have owned it since 1929. Stop by for some of the best boiled peanuts, roll sushi or fresh homemade peanut butter cookies. They also offer fresh cooked chicken and other local breakfast and lunchtime treats.
Waikane Store is on Kam Highway just a few miles north of the Waihole Poi Factory. Sodas and fruit juices are always plentiful and icey cold. You'll find them open 8:30 til 5:00 p.m. in beautiful Waikane.
History of the store, now in it's 101st year of business - provided by Alden.
Waikane Store was established in 1898 by Hyung Thom as Wah Chan Store.
In 1923 the store name was changed to Waikane Store and it was sold to the Shiratori Family.
From 1929 it was owned by Jitsuhei and Yuku Moriwaki and family.
In 1945 after the war, A WW2 army mess hall was hauled to Waikane from Kahuku to replace the original building.
1959, new owners Chiyoki and Haruko Tsutsui, son-in-law and daughter of Jitsuhei and Yuku Moriwaki. The store name was changed to the Tsutsui Store.
In November 1972, Nadine Tokuzato, daughter of Chiyoki and Haruko Tsutsui took over and changed the name back to Waikane Store.
Her son Alden works with her. Mrs. Tsutsui lives with them still.
On July 31st, 1998 The Hawai`i Historic Places Review Board "placed the property on the Hawai`i Register of Historic Places and recommended to the State Historic Preservation Officer that he place the property for eligibility on the National Register of Historic Places."