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Yamada Building

Yamada Building

The Yamada Building next to Sueoka Store originally had been built in 1921 but was razed and rebuilt. The front along Kōloa Road is similar to the original, with a shed roof behind a false front that is articulated into three bays by four pilasters and trim boards above a canopy along the entire front. It had various tenants over time, including Tadao “‘Barber” Kawamoto, who gave haircuts to the music of a wind-up Victrola. He set up shop in 1932 and remained until 1983. Because of Tadao’s long occupation and ownership of the Yamada Building (its original name,) it is often called The Kawamoto Building.