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Old Friends: Kaimuki Dry Goods, Kuni Island Fabrics forge ahead as industry struggles

  • Star-Advertiser video by Craig T. Kojima and Bruce Asato

    Kaimuki Dry Goods and Kuni Island Fabrics are among a handful of fabric stores left in the industry. They have been in business for decades but may not be around in another five years as they struggle to survive the impact of online shopping.

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    Rolls of colorful fabric are for sale at Kuni Island Fabrics.

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    Kuni Island Fabrics owner Terri Kamakana holds one of the completed bags made from a kit she sells. Rolls of colorful fabric are for sale at Kuni Island Fabrics.

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    Kuni Island Fabrics has a sewing school that has been a steady source of income for the business. Pictured is a quilt class taught by Valerie Ahina.

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    Kaimuki Dry Goods owner Dee Dee Miyashiro displays a few of the quilts she has sewn.

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    Kaimuki Dry Goods is known for its novelty fabrics and a wide array of material and sewing supplies. Rani Keohane looked at a bolt of cloth.

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    Steve Holmes purchased some cord for a project from Lois Lau at Kaimuki Dry Goods.

Back in the day when sewing your own clothes was the only way the average woman could imagine having a fabulous wardrobe without striking it rich, Kaimuki Dry Goods and Kuni Dry Goods carried the stuff of which dreams were made. Read more

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