Greedy Landlord Forces Kuau Mart Closure

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Day 37 of 2011
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HAWAIIAN WORD OF THE DAY — Kalaima: Criminal
PIDGIN WORD OF THE DAY— Man nogut: Criminal
HAWAIIAN PROVERB OF THE DAY— “A liar is also a thief.”
HAOLE QUOTE OF THE DAY— “Some will rob you with a six-gun, and some with a fountain pen.” – Woodie Guthrie

Leona Nomura

Maui is becoming the mainland, says Leona Nomura founder of Kuau Mart.

TODAY: Maui Landlord Rick Markham Forces the Historic Kuau Mart to Close at Month’s End. After a dirty deal to purchase the Kuau Mart and adjoining properties, windsurfer Rick Markham raised Leona Nomura’s rent from $3,000 to $8,000/month, demanded 8% of sales, plus appx. $4,000 in delinquent property taxes, forcing the Nomuras from their family business of 17 years. They are packing up the store as this is written.

Markham owns at least 12 Paia parcels containing 18 properties under various names: RICK MARKHAM, RICHARD HAROLD MARKHAM II, AND PAIA SHORES INVESTORS LLC, which the State of Hawaii lists as delinquent for failure to pay  the annual business license fee. According to public records, Brent Christensen of Salt Lake City, UT loaned Markham a few hundred thousand dollars for the Kuau Mart purchase in 2007, using the other 11 parcels as collateral. Christenson does business under two Utah LLCs: PAIA SHORES INVESTORS and PAIA MONI INVESTORS.

Word on the beach is that Markham’s other Maui properties are all in foreclosure, as his friends, family and associates queue up to make a killing at the auction block. Isn’t that supposed to be illegal? More > Follow “Save the Kuau Mart” on Facebook.


  • 1913: The first books are checked out at the new Library of Hawaii, which opened on Feb. 1.
  • 1940: Historic Volcano House, overlooking Kilauea Crater, is destroyed by a fire fanned by a stiff mountain breeze. The fire began in the kitchen.
  • 1960: Some 5,000 people pay their last respects to Island singer Alfred Apaka at his Nu’uannu Park Mortuary wake.
  • 1965: The Navy sets off a 500-ton charge of TNT on Kaho’olawe to test the effects of high explosives on warship instruments.
  • 1996: John Nahale Miranda is shot and killed by police after holding five people hostage in a Sand Island office for seven hours.
  • 2004: Concrete workers at Ameron Hawaii go on strike after contract talks stall.
  • 1960: Frank F. Baldwin dies on Maui. One of the most effective leaders of the Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company (HC&S) empire on Maui, Baldwin began his business relationship with the family fortune in 1906 when he became a manager of HC&S. During his time, he saw the growth and expansion of the business from a sleepy sugar business into one of the largest property management companies in the U.S. In 1911, when his father died, he became manager and president of HC&S. In 1936, he oversaw the conversion of sugar equipment from steam to gas. In 1948, he oversaw the merger of the Maui Agricultural Co. and HC&S Puunene. In 1947 his son Asa took over management of the company, but Frank remained president of Alexander & Baldwin (A&B) until he died.


  • 1865: Robert E Lee is appointed Confederate General in Chief
  • 1899: Congress ratifies the Spanish-American War Peace Treaty
  • 1918: Britain grants the right to vote to women 30 years of age and older
  • 1919: The first day of a 5-day Seattle general strike
  • 1952: Elizabeth II becomes Queen of Great Britain
  • 1964: Cuba cuts the water supply flowing to Guantanemo Naval Base
  • 1987: No-smoking rules take effect in federal buildings
  • 1998: President Bill Clinton signs a bill changing the name of Washington National Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
  • 2002: A federal judge orders John Walker Lindh, the media-dubbed “American Taliban,” to be held without bail pending trial.
  • 2006: Stephen Harper was sworn in as Canada’s 22nd prime minister.

BORN ON THIS DAY — February 6th

  • 1564: Christopher Marlowe, English poet/dramatist
  • 1756: Aaron Burr, Newark, NJ (D-R), 3rd U.S. VP
  • 1895: “Babe” Ruth, baseball great
  • 1902: Louis Nizer, lawyer/author (defended blacklisted stars in the ’50s)
  • 1911: Ronald Wilson Reagan, actor / 40th U.S. President
  • 1912: Eva Braun, mistress of Adolph Hitler
  • 1913: Mary Leakey, archaeologist/paleoanthropologist
  • 1931: Rip Torn, TX, actor
  • 1932: François Truffaut, director/actor
  • 1933: Mamie Van Doren, actress
  • 1939: Mike Farrell, actor
  • 1940: Tom Brokaw, TV news anchor
  • 1943: Fabian (Forte), singer
  • 1944: Michael Tucker, actor
  • 1945: Bob Marley, Jamacian reggae singer
  • 1950: Natalie Cole, singer
  • 1950: Punky Meadows, rock musician
  • 1962: Axl (William Bruce) Rose, rock musician (Guns & Roses)
  • 1966: Rick Astley, rock vocalist
  • 1969: April Lerman, actress
  • 1976: Kim Zmeskal, U.S. gymnast

DIED ON THIS DAY — February 6th

  • 1685: King Charles II of England (b. 1630)
  • 1918: Gustav Klimt, Austrian painter (b. 1862)
  • 1976: Vince Guaraldi, American musician (b. 1928)
  • 1981: Hugo Montenegro, American film music composer (b. 1925)
  • 1986: Minoru Yamasaki, American architect (b. 1912)
  • 1991: Danny Thomas, American singer, comedian, and actor (b. 1914)
  • 1993: Arthur Ashe, American tennis player (b. 1943)
  • 1994: Joseph Cotten, American actor (b. 1905)
  • 1994: Jack Kirby, American comic book writer (b. 1917)
  • 1995: James Merrill, American poet (b. 1926)
  • 1996: Guy Madison, American actor (b. 1922)
  • 1998: Carl Wilson, American musician (The Beach Boys) (b. 1946)
  • 1998: Haroun Tazieff, French vulcanologist and geologist (b. 1914)
  • 2007: Lew Burdette, American baseball player (b. 1926)
  • 2007: Lee Hoffman, American author (b. 1932)
  • 2007: Frankie Laine, American singer (b. 1913)
  • 2008: John McWethy, American journalist (b. 1947)


  1. Leona Bak Nomura says:

    What a professional site!!!!! Very impressive. Miss the store , miss our life and miss our friends . No progress ………….Lots of time to spend on the internet..Mahalo for your support…Aloha Leona

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