A Target on my back

Sometimes it’s the smallest issues that bring out the biggest emotions, and so it was with my column in the Star-Advertiser last week about the fuss over Target’s plans to open in the Don Quijote spot in downtown Kailua.

I just couldn’t see the big deal about one out-of-state company taking over the same space from another out-of-state company for the same purpose.

Target doesn’t have the bad reputation as some other mainland big-box retailers. It’s a good company and a good store; other local communities were almost as excited to get a Target as UH fans were excited about getting invited to the Mountain West Conference.

But opponents of the new store remain certain it’ll ruin Kailua’s character and took my head off for suggesting otherwise. Others wrote to thank me for saying it so they didn’t have to and have their own heads taken off.

One anonymous reader put the issue in the best perspective for me by recounting a conversation with a Target protester that went something like this:

“Well, how about if Don Quijote fixed up its rundown store, paved the potholed parking lot and radically improved the quality of its merchandise?”

“That would be good.”

“Duh, that’s a Target!”
If you’re looking for something different in greeting cards to express your best  holiday wishes, I recommend a couple of lines with musical themes created by out-of-work Honolulu Symphony musicians.

Check out Grin-n-Barrett Cards by Paul Barrett, the orchestra’s principal bassoonist, and Normzart Greeting Cards by clarinetist Norman F. Foster.

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4 Comments on “A Target on my back”

  1. Michael Says:

    If I am not mistaken in the past, Kailua wanted to run their city with their own Mayor and not follow Oahu’s Mayor.

    It seems if a company wants to layoff bad employees, sell business to another owner and rehire the good workers. Since Don Quijote is non-union, I assume. Just moving mud from one puddle to the other. Such a transaction does not help the economy.
    Layoff and rehire. Business is War. Foreign or Local owners cares less for their employees if not making money.

    It seems writers who write articles of interest, regardless of who, will seem to wear a bullseye. “You make a valid comment but?”. Notice Target is on back not front.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Just so you know Target has a reputation for getting US Supreme Court Fines for environmental violations: like dumping toxic waste in California, destroying records that would have been conclusive evidence (although there was still enough evidence to fine them) to show that they had used racial profiling when choosing who was to be hired for management, and they are also notorious for poor wages.

    But it’s not so much about Target, it’s more about Kaneohe Ranch

  3. Anonymous Says:


    And you forget, Don Quixote currently sports 5+ stores alongside it, including Hawaii National Bank and 14 Time World Champions–Two Good Kayaks.

    Not all of whom can relocate.

    I think in the coming days Wiki Leaks will show us why we need more local banks around.


  4. A Kailua resident, I completely agree with you about Target. I think it will be a plus for the community, and from the plans I have seen it appears to be a significant improvement, esthetically, over the run-down Don Quijote. I’d also like to second your plug for the cool holiday cards being marketed by unemployed Honolulu Symphony musicians Paul Barrett (also a Kailua resident) and Norm Foster.

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