The famous red crab on the top floor of the three story building catches the eyes of those who pass by and welcomes shoppers who come to buy the delicacies of the sea. This is where my parents would go to buy fresh fish or other sea food items. As a student at Ka’iulani Elementary across the street from the market we would walk over for short field trips. The workers would lift up various fish caught in waters around the Hawaiian islands and tell us their names and a little about them. This is also where Harry Kojima used to work before he went to the television show “Let’s Go Fishing,” with Bruce Carter. When I got older our short field trips to Tamashiro Market were in small groups of 3-4 students. We’d have to find the different types of fish on our papers, how much they cost per pound then return to the classroom to use those prices for math problems, and do art on the various types of sea creatures. I remember we did a huge mural of the many fishes on butcher paper and presented it to the people at Tamashiro Market as a thank you and they hung it up above the freezers in the front of the store where everyone could see. I drew an Uhu (Parrot Fish).
The Tamashiro Market parking lot was always so busy especially after school so the children who walked pass there after school had to be careful. One day my friend was hit buy a car that sped into the parking lot to get an open stall. It was a shock for us kids, but thankfully she was not seriously injured. As more and more people started moving into the area they opened up parking across the street at Kaumakapili Church.
The Tamashiro family were wonderful supporters of not only Ka’iulani elementary, but the whole community, donating money or other items for school or community events.
When we return to my hometown to visit Ohana (family), it makes me smile to see the familiar red crab still hanging there greeting customers.
The original building was located on the corner of Smith and Beretania streets, and was dedicated on @August 29, 1839. That structure was later torn down in 1881 to make room for a Second structure, because it is said that King Kalakaua wanted a more impressive structure with two steeples. This structure was dedicated on June, 1888. The new building was burned to the ground when embers from the burning of nearby China Town was set ablaze due to an outbreak of Bubonic plague.
The parcel on Smith and Beretania was sold to purchase the property on King and Palama (formerly Simerson st.) streets. The new church was dedicated on June 25, 1911. It is still standing there welcoming all to church service.
As a child we played on the green grassy lawn in front of Kaumakapili Church while we waited for our parents who were shopping at Tamashiro Market. When the doors were opened I liked to go inside and stare at the beautiful stained glass windows especially on a sunny day as the setting sun shined directly into the windows.
The students from Ka’iulani would walk over on sunny days to do our art on the grassy lawn.
One summer my parents sent us to summer fun at Kaumakapili Church. That lasted for a week. We didn’t return having gone off on adventures with our cousins from either the Westside or Waimanalo.
This three way intersection holds a lot of fond memories of my childhood. Thanks for taking a walk with me down memory lane.
Have a Smiley 😃 day!