Hungry Ear is moving to a new location

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THE TIME HAS COME, THE WALRUS SAID, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS: As you may know, Monday October 24 will be Hungry Ear’s last day open for business at University Square. We’ve been in this spot for a little over two years and we’ve really been through a lot. We’ve held three Hawaii Record Fairs, been the subject of an episode of a Brazilian series on US record stores (which unfortunately we don’t have the rights show you), had one of our co-owners decide to leave the store, been visited by Jack Johnson, Haruki Murakami, Atmosphere and Randall Park, and even managed to sell a few records.

When we first signed the lease for this location, we knew that there was a chance that the building would be sold out from under us. That time has now come. Starting November 1, new property owners will begin the process of demolishing our beloved building to make way for what we hear will be luxury dorms aimed at UH students.

Our delay in announcing our plans to move to a new location was based on the knowledge that until we had all the answers, all we’d get is a lot of questions. Unfortunately, we have not yet secured a new retail home. We’d thought we’d found a nice space in Kapahulu, but somehow the owners have let negotiations dwindle away. When we finally gave up on Kapahulu, we began looking at Kaimuki and elsewhere. We are now in talks for a space in the heart of Kakaako. Everything looks really good so far, but nothing is sure until the papers are signed. But rest assured, you, our faithful customers, will be the first ones that we report to, but only when there is something real to report.

Due to the delays that the Kapahulu negotiations have caused, we won’t be able to open back up at the beginning of November; it’s just not how buildouts work. Plans need to be drawn, and permits need to be applied for. We are intent on making the wait as short as possible, but there are a lot of factors that are just out of our hands.

While Hungry Ear is temporarily shuttered, we plan on staying in touch. Any confirmed news we get, we’ll pass on to you. We have plans during our hiatus for buying trips, pop-up stores and so much more. We’ll see what we can get done.

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We’ll miss all you friends we’ve made over the years. But we won’t be gone long and we won’t be far away, so let’s just say, “A hui hou.”

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