Award Year: 2016

Maui Matsuri is proud to present its 2016 Maui Matsuri Business Award recipient: HouseMart Ace Hardware and Ben Franklin Craft Stores. HouseMart began its story here on Maui over 65 years ago with Shikano Kamitaki’s small local dry goods store K. Kamitaki Store.

 

 

 

Known for their custom aloha shirts, the store eventually passed into the hands of her children Tadami and Matsuko (Mizoguchi) and became Kahului Dry Goods. Together, they opened their first Ben Franklin store in 1951. Now, 65 years later, they are known as HouseMart with both Ben Franklin Crafts in Hawaii and Ace Hardware stores here in the islands, Seattle, Las Vegas and Oregon. Today, with their fourth generation of owners actively in the business, HouseMart still remains committed to the communities they are a part of.

“Ben Franklin Crafts is very excited to once again be a part of the Maui Matsuri Festival. As one of Maui’s premiere cultural events, we enjoy getting to meet and know the families in such a fun setting. As our company readies itself to celebrate our own 65th Anniversary in July, we know that we are here because of the many communities that have supported us all these years.”

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For the Sake of the Children

The Kanji characters Kodomo No Tame Ni translates to "For the Sake of the Children". A perpetual theme for this festival, the focus is to provide an environment for families to share and learn about the Japanese culture and pass down traditions. Ancestors came here for a better life not only for themselves but for their children and for generations to come. In this spirit, we end the festival with a traditional obon dance which encourages all ages, all religious denominations, and all ethnicities to come together to dance in honor of all ancestors.

 

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