Hawaii: In Real Life ~ Hungry Ear Records


WardAfter 35 years in Kailua, Hungry Ear records moved to metro Honolulu and had its grand opening this weekend. I had never been to the original store, although it is well known with people my age and has a loyal cult following.

Now that it’s in town, I thought I’d check it out and see what the buzz is about. I grew up with records, listening to the DeFrancos, that cute kid Michael Jackson, Pat Benatar, Journey, and even old school J-pop. But I’ve never been a collector. I have friends who go crazy over large vinyl collections, so it was interesting to see people excitedly carrying stacks of albums to the cash register with a range of mint vintage, new artists, and used vinyl (some as low as $1). In fact, when I went to interview owner Ward Yamashita on Sunday, there were already people outside waiting for the store to open.


Here are some scenes from the grand opening on Saturday:

Inside the new Hungry Ear

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Local singer Jack Johnson dropped by the grand opening on Saturday. —Photo by Mellissa Cedillo

Hungry Ear Records
2615 S. King St. (validated parking)