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Harry's Music Store Oahu
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Contact: Clay Yoshioka
Phone: (808) 735-2866

Address - Map & Directions
3547 Wai'alae Avenue
Kaimuki, HI 96817

Island: Oahu

Since 1946, Harry's Music Store has been serving O'ahu's amateur and professional music lovers. With all kinds of musical instruments, lessons programs, a noted drum selection, local CDs and a huge collection of sheet music.


Yoshioka opened Harry's Music in Kaimuki in 1946, and moved it across the street to its present location at 3457 Waialae Avenue in the early '50s.

He took pride in building the store into a full-service music emporium where you could buy a musical instrument or get one repaired, take music lessons or buy do-it-yourself books for home study, Harry's Music offers everything related to music.

Yoshioka was a trumpet player and, after the war, conductor and musical director of the Hawaii Shochiku Orchestra, his son said. When Japanese entertainer Misora Hibari came to Hawaii, that was the band that accompanied her. "He didn't golf, he didn't go to bars, but he loved music and he was very much a family man."

Yoshioka remained actively involved in the store's operation until he was well past 80. He eventually turned management duties over to his son and three nephews, but still came in each day to keep an eye on things.

He was honored recently as one of the living treasures of Honolulu.

"He'd see the need for something and add it," Emmett said of his father's vision of the store. Harry's Music was the place to go for everything from current hits to collectible old records; from reeds and guitar strings and drum sticks to books on music technique and theory, and from music magazines to concert tickets.


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