I used to live near Five Corners in Haiku in the late '70s, and Hanzawa's Variety Store was my closest link to the outside world with its Levi jeans, rubber farm boots, gasoline and food staples.
"It's been around since 1915 and it was built to supply farmers and field workers back in the day," says Darren Jones of Alive & Well store fame, who, with his partners, bought the store in 2012.
"Hanzawa's has always been at the same spot at 1833 Kapakalua Rd., in Haiku, and in 1958, a gas station was added, which was a big bonus for the area."
Darren Jones, a managing partner of Hanzawa’s Variety Store in Haiku, shows off some of the fresh poke selections made in house daily.
The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo
Jones and his partners, who include Mike Fisher, Dean Sturman and Paul Lamparelli of Rodeo General Store, will throw a party to celebrate their ownership from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
So come and help them celebrate and vie for some prizes.
"We'll be doing a huge, a really big, beef barbecue outside," says Jones. "We'll also have a killer water slide for the kids. They'll have a blast slipping and sliding away on it. And, we'll have horseshoe and watermelon eating contests."
In addition, the partners will be giving away $500 in free gasoline that day, and will raffle off prizes such as T-shirts, hats, coolers and more.
"We're doing this as a community day, to let people know that we're here and that we've really cleaned the place up," says Jones. "We hope everyone in Haiku, all the friends and family of the store, and others from Maui, will come."
You may also pick up a loyalty card for free, which entitles the bearer to 15 percent off goods in the store after each purchase of eight gallons of gas.
"We're here and we have great pricing on gas. Only Costco is lower on the island," says Jones. "We also offer low pricing on beer and cigarettes."
Jones and his partners have retained some of the old-time aspects of the store, which includes the sale of Levis, along with famous red hot dogs.
You will also find beautiful bouquets of tropical flowers that include heliconias and torch gingers; and local fruits such as fresh Upcountry plums, along with papayas and ripe avocados.
"We make five types of poke fresh each day," says Jones. "We do Maui Cattle Co., beef poke, ahi, tako, shrimp and tofu poke. We make ceviche from time to time and sell fresh fish by the pound."
Ask the deli person to make you a fresh sandwich such as roast beef, tuna salad or ham. Grab a bottle of wine, go have a picnic and enjoy. Hours are daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. It opens at 7 a.m. on Sundays. For more details, call 298-0407.