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July 13, 2017

Think About It: Times For A Change

Arakawas, Woolworths, Kress, GEM Stores, 404 Piikoi, StarMarkets, Pinky's, Hanamaulu Café, Liberty House, Chevron, Ward Warehouse, TimesSupermarkets… all gone or soon to be gone. And you could add dozens more to thelist of known establishments no longer in play. A sign of the times perhaps, awhiff of nostalgia, and voila- they're gone.

No doubt it's a tough world for retail right now, inshopping centers and in stand-alone stores. When just about everything you wantor need is one click away, it's a very convenient world and cost effective(sometimes) world we live in today. Add to that the fact that you can simplytext or email people and never have to see them or talk to them, and you haveto wonder about the impersonal nature of our species over the next 50-years.

In Hawaii, where aloha is a spirit and an accepted way oflife, will this lack of personal connection, neighborhood gathering areas, andhuman 3D interaction affect our lifestyles? Will fewer trips to the stores andfewer audio and visual contacts make us more efficient, but at a price? Willthe vital and encouraged idea of "talking story" be reduced to one's Twitter,Instagram, or Facebook account? Ugh. Two billion people are now on Facebook.I'll pass. I know the plusses, but I'll see you eyet to eye or talk to you viaphone and pass on the details you are dying to hear about my lunch today orthat incredible special trip, which you missed. A real sign of the times, orpossible removal of the sign, as Don Quijote takes over Times Supermarketsafter 68-years. I'm sure the locally-oriented Don Quijote will be just fine.But as one more old-time local retailer is bought and Amazon promises homedelivery of everything soon, let's stay human somehow, yeh? Think about it…

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