Hawaii family business holds strong for three generations

For 60 years, family-own Maui Varieties Ltd. has provided invaluable hardware and craft suppliers to the Hawaii market with its two main stores, Ace Hardware Hawaii and Ben Franklin Crafts.

Fun Activities for the Whole Family

Family members Wayne Kamitaki, Guy Kamitaki, Lynn Ushijima and their cousin, Paul Mizoguchi, will celebrated the business’ 60 years in Hawaii with special in-store events, enter-to-win drawings, celebrity ‘craft-off’ competitions and, of course, birthday cakes. The family is proud of their business achievement, especially during a time of economic uncertainty for other Hawaii companies. In 2011, Ben Franklin Crafts was voted the Best of the Best Craft Supply Store in Hawaii by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

History of a successful business in Hawaii

Hawaii’s Ben Franklin Crafts stores were first opened by Tadami Kamitaki and sister Matsuko Mizoguchi in 1951. They acquired franchise rights from the Ben Franklin Corporation. The family soon opened more craft store locations on Maui, Oahu, Big Island and Kauai—their second location opened in 1961 in Hilo, Big Island. The first Ace Hardware store in Hawaii opened its doors in 1984. In the past few decades, Ace Hardware has expanded to include eleven mainland stores, located in Nevada, Washington and Oregon. In total, there are 20 Hawaii stores—nine on the Big Island, four on Oahu, four on Maui, and three on Kauai. The roots of the Kamitaki-Mizoguchi’s Hawaii family business began in Kahului, Maui, over 60 years ago when their grandmother, Shikano Kamitaki, opened the Kahului Dry Goods store which sold custom Aloha Shirts and more. Maui Varieties Ltd. focuses on operating the best hardware and craft stores throughout Hawaii and the United States. In 2006, the family-owned business expanded into the Pacific Northwest market when it acquired Ace Hardware stores in Washington and Oregon.

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