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Akakura House

In recent years, Japan-based Akakura House expanded to Hawaii to open its first two U.S. stores: Akakura House in Waikiki and Flag-J in Ala Moana Center.

The company was founded in 1953 and has more than 100 stores in Japan. Its Waikiki store at 280 Beachwalk Ave. (between Hard Rock Cafe and Brandy Melville) offers a wide selection of high-quality shoes for day and night, along with other unique fashion items. Brands you’ll find are POPITS, Melissa, Vince Camuto, Joy & Mario, Plumeria Sun, FitFlop and more.

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“Akakura House is a store where you can find not only shoes, but many other hidden treasures,” says Kia Tatiana, store manager. “Once you enter our store, you find out very quickly that there is something inside for everyone, from shoes to made-in-Hawaii products.

“Also, we are always looking for new and upcoming designers for our Made in Hawaii area, so if you have a product you would like to introduce to us, please stop by. We’d love to hear from you!”

The store now offers hula and Hawaiian language lessons Monday through Friday. The first class is free, and membership includes a 10 percent discount off products in the store.

With a minimum purchase of $50, customers can park in the neighboring Bank of Hawaii parking lot and have their ticket validated. For more information, call 922-5980 or visit akakurahouse.us.

photos by Anthony Consillio
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