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KTA Super Stores - CLAD 2009 Honoree

4y ago


Husband and wife, Koichi and Taniyo Taniguchi, founded KTA Superstores in 1916 in Hilo. Originally, they were not planning on starting a chain of grocery stores but wanted to create a small business that would help the people of Hilo obtain necessary groceries and household items. Koichi would take orders and requests from the people who lived in Hilo and deliver their orders by bicycle. What began as a simple delivery service, soon evolved into a successful grocery store. By 1990, there were six KTA Superstores on the Big Island. KTA Superstores continues to thrive and remains a reliable grocery store for the residents of the Big Island. VIDEO BY RYAN KAWAMOTO, KINETIC PRODUCTIONS.