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Contractor mostly left old Manoa place ‘just the way it was’

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The Toyokazu Okamura house in Manoa has been restored by contractor Max Suiter, right. The house, owned by the proprietors of Toyo's Superette, was built in 1962 and is rich in Japanese design influences. Lillian Okamura, 67, left, her sister and their mother now live in it.
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A computer work area is enclosed with sliding doors made of water reeds sandwiched between acrylic sheets.
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Lillian Okamura plays her shamisen with light streaming from the large window into the new tatami room.
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An interior shot of Toyo's Superette in Manoa Valley. The longtime store closed in 1998.
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An exterior shot of Toyo's Superette in Manoa Valley.