Jimmy's Hi-Way Cafe
A common gathering place in Wailea...
Roger Forbes, Wailea resident from 1954 to 1959, remembers:
Jimmy's Cafe was across the street from Fujii store. I can't remember how good the food was but, Dad ate lunch there every day, commuting from Wainaku (job transfer) for a few weeks before our Wailea house was ready. Jimmy's was the scene of a banquet (attended by then County Chairman Jimmy Kealoha) for us boy scouts for completing training for a merit badge requirement. I am in the picture next to Andy Silver and Dennis NIshiyama. Jimmy's had a wall phone on a party line. We (Walter Silver, son Andy and I) were on our way back to Hilo and stopped there to eat. Walter went to the phone a couple of times asking if the people talking on the phone could wind up their conversation so that he could place his call.
Volunteer Fire Fighters Receive Awards at Jimmy's Highway Cafe on December 31, 1955. Boys on lower left include Roger Forbes, Randy Ouye, Dennis Nishiyama and Andy Silver. Adults from front left to right: Jimmy Kealoha, Richard Lyman, Manuel Pacheco, Hochi Ueda, Alexander Hossack, Mr. Morikawa, __, __, Mr. Tavares?, Magumi Yugawa, __, Mr. Fujii. Back row: Thomas "Softy" Cook, __, Paul Unoki?, __, Clarence "Red" Pacheco, Eugene Cappellas, __, __, __, __, __, __, __, Masa Sunehara. Photo from the Jack Ouye Collection courtesy of Akiko Masuda
For the Hakalau Kuleana, our responsibility is to care for the land, the people, and the culture. We are guided by cultural values of YESTERDAY: Engage in collective effort. Look out for each other. Honor hard work. Show respect for those who came before us. Aloha and Mālama `Aina. In 2021, Akiko Masuda added two more values to the list: Consistently show up. Whatever has to be done, jump in and do it!