Bargains For Hungry Music Lovers

Alana Folen
Wednesday - August 17, 2011
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Dennie Chong and Ward Yamashita

Music is a universal language, and Hungry Ear Records in Kailua has been a staple for music lovers since its inception in 1980, boasting the largest selection of new vinyl on the island. This week, the beloved music store, owned and operated by Kailua natives Dennie Chong and Ward Yamashita, is taking the opportunity to thank its loyal customers and celebrate 31 years in the business by having a huge sale, along with a vinyl giveaway.

This Thursday through Saturday (Aug. 18-20), new CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays and records are 20 percent off regular price, used are 30 percent off. In addition, used classical and opera CDs will be $1 a disc. Better yet, during this three day sale, Hungry Ear also is giving away any five vinyl LPs priced at $4 or less for free, ranging from rock, to soul, jazz and hiphop records.

“When people come to Hungry Ear they can expect personal, knowledgeable customer service and items that are hard to find anywhere else on the island,” says Yamashita. “You’ll find a large selection of compact discs, vinyl records and vinyl accessories at our store. There are plenty of bargains here on a daily basis, including $1.99 bargain CDs, and most used CDs are around $5 to $8 each,” he adds.

Hungry Ear Records specializes in Hawaiian and local music, reggae and classic rock on compact disc and vinyl, and also buys records and CDs that you may want to get rid of.

“We carry more than 500 titles on new vinyl, including new releases by up-andcoming bands as well as more established acts such as Pink Floyd, Jack Johnson and Radiohead,” Chong says.

Chong and Yamashita are grateful for their many years in business, but admit that Hungry Ear is part of a dying breed of independent record stores that thrive on the rabid music fan rather than the casual mall customer.

Fortunately for independent record stores like Hungry Ear Records, Yamashita says the music industry is seeing a resurgence in vinyl record sales.

“There’s a wide range of customers buying albums now, from high school kids just discovering the beauty of the format to the older crowd who bought records in their youth and are still drawn to the sound, graphics and even smells that only come from a vinyl record album.

“Hungry Ear is probably the only place on the island or in the state where you can still buy needles and cartridges for your turntable,” he adds.

Hungry Ear Records is located at 418 Kuulei Road. Call 262-2175 or visit

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