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A Kaimuki institution is retiring but the shop will live on.

mr. young crack seed store

Today was Kon Ping Young’s last day at the Crack Seed Store. Young bought the shop back in 1979 from its previous owner and ran it with his wife, Fung Tang, as they raised and sent their four kids to college.

He was ‘Uncle’ and ‘Mr. Young’ to thousands more. On any visit to the tiny shop on Koko Head Avenue you’d find aunties buying rock salt plum for their nieces on the mainland, white-haired seniors retasting the snacks of their youth and kids on the sidewalk slurping Icees — with a splash of wet li hing mui juice in the middle, of course. While other shops used li hing mui powder, Young stuck to the puckery juice, and his Icees were legendary.

A new owner is taking over and Crack Seed Store will continue, but an era has ended. @crackseedstore’s Instagram post last week announcing Young’s retirement drew 215 comments. Together, they tell the story of the shop and its place in people’s hearts. This is a small sampling.

Aloha, Mr. Young. Thanks to you and Mrs. Young for 41 delicious years.

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