While up on the beautiful Valley Isle of Maui last month, I got a chance for the first time to stop by Takamiya Market, located on N. Market Street in the Happy Valley area of Wailuku.
The history of the company started when Jisho Takamiya, an immigrant laborer from Okinawa working for Wailuku Sugar Company wanted a better job and went off to run a small fish market. Using land he bought in Happy Valley, in 1946, his sons Jin and Kenneth Takamiya, along with son-in-law Sekichi Sakihara took over the business and expanded it into a modest grocery store as Takamiya Market. Later, Jisho’s youngest son James Takamiya introduced ready-to-eat packaged foods with island-style tastes, going on to develop Dani’s catering business.
James has since retired, with the business now run under partnership including his daughter Michele Hondo, son David and nephew Lance.
If you’ve ever been to Alicia’s Market in Kalihi Kai, Ruger Market near KCC, or the now gone Tanabe Superette on Koreamoku, that should give you an idea what Takamiya Market in Wailuku is all about, except taken to another level.
Seriously, if you’re looking for a HUGE selection of ready-to-eat local grinds to take to the beach, hotel or on the plane for your short flight back to Oahu (or wherever you’re from), look no further than Takamiya Market. In a word, AWESOME! I’ve been to Maui a number of times, and nobody ever said “You must check out Takamiya Market!” Well I’m telling you now, Just as you should make it top priority to get some Tasaka Guri Guri in Kahului, Komoda Bakery Butter Rolls in Makawao, and “Dry Mein” at Sam Sato’s in Wailuku, while you’re there at the latter, you MUST check out Takamiya Market!
As for what I tried from there, I picked-up some Pumpkin Crunch, Strawberry Jello Cheesecake Crunch, Musubi and Butterfish Collars. Everything was ono, especially the Butterfish Collars. I mean common? Fatty-good Butterfish (Black Cod)? You know that’s always gonna’ rock!
Yet above all that, WOW!… the Strawberry Jello Cheesecake Crunch? OMG! Off the CHARTS! Remember how much I raved about the Pumpkin Crunch from Silva Store in Ewa Beach? Well this one’s just as incredible, especially with the combination of the rich cheesecake and slightly tangy-sweet Jello topping, while the buttery-rich and crunchy “crunch” crust completely knocks it out of the park! If you go to Takamiya Market, whatever you do,GET their Cheesecake crunch desserts. Do not leave without it! Broke da’ mout’ winnahz!!!
From here, I’ll let the photos taken at Takamiya Market do all the talking. Enjoy!