Young Scale Co.

Young Scale owner Yuni Shiramizu weighs her niece, Adrian Miyashiro.

Photo by Dana Edmunds

Jack Young was an irishman whose father owned a scale store in North Carolina in the early 1900s. When he moved to Honolulu he decided to continue the family legacy and in 1975 opened Young Scale Co. on Waialae Avenue, across the street from where the shop sits today.

Talk to Yuni Shiramizu, who worked for Young before she took over the business in 1991, and you’ll come to appreciate the measurement of weight. Laboratories, banks, supermarkets and macadamia-nut farmers all use scales from Young, some of them custom creations. At the front of the store, two archaic-looking human weight scales, sent to Hawaii from Great Britain, date back to the 1920s and sell for $2,000 and up.

3402 Waialae Ave., 733-0788,