Tribute to Tadayuki & Sumiye Horiuchi of Paia
Mr Horiuchi was kind enough to let me take cuttings from his hearts & flowers that were growing in his front yard. I used these cuttings at the front entrance on both sides and all along the County strip on Lae St. I even put some in the Marr's front yard and in a yard in Paia. Without this great groundcover, I could not have done what I did with the landscaping. It would have been too expensive. I didn't find out until I was having people sign the card (below) that Tadayuki & Sumiye Horiuchi are THE Horiuchi family who owned the Horiuchi Market and the Horiuchi Building in Paia for the last at least 44 years. They are one of the founding families that were the heart & soul of Paia town.
This watercolor painting by Eddie Flotte depicts Mrs Sumiye Horiuchi in her market in Paia, Maui in the mid 1980's. Eddie writes, "It is a scene familiar to anyone who frequented the store in those days. Sumiye and her husband, Tadayuki, ran the Horiuchi Market from long long before I ever dreamed of moving to Maui. Their market was the very first painting I did when I got to the island. The Horiuchi's both came across the street together in their white aprons to see what I was doing ...he with his cleaver in hand.
The Horiuchi's were a friend to everyone in Paia, always quick with a genuine greeting and wide smile. I did a few paintings of their market and two of Mrs Horiuchi. With the arrival of the Costco-type stores, it became nearly impossible for any of the small, family-owned markets to stay alive. Now the building still has its old signs in the windows and doorways and is home to a surf apparel boutique." — Eddie Flotte
Sadly, Mrs Horiuchi passed away in 2012 and is buried next to the ocean by the Buddhist temple. Mr Horiuchi still lives in Paia, in Kuau Bayview. He turned 91 years old on July 4, 2013.
Eddie Flotte also painted the following two watercolors of the Horiuchi Market and the Horiuchi Building in Paia.