Lung Wah Chee started the general store around 1876 to meet the first Chinese immigrants arriving to work for Kilauea Sugar Company.
The store moved twice, ending up in its current location in 1943, and he left the store to his son, Kwai Chew “Chow” Lung.
It became a hub for the community as it provided not just a general store, but a post office, barber shop and diner.
The sugar company eventually closed and the Lung family business ended in 1973, but it was transformed and restored and has since changed owners.
The Lung family legacy lives on in this stone structure, however, and you can still find distinctive, beautiful products and gifts.