Hawaii Photo Bookstore has been in business for nearly 100 years.
Now, its time for the store to get back on its feet.
The Hawaiian Post Office is shutting down its online ordering and sales platform, Hawaiian Photo, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Hawaii Photo has been a hub for Hawaii’s tourism industry since 1876, when the State Legislature authorized a lottery for land sales.
Today, there are nearly 500 online sales and ordering options for Hawaii Photo albums.
Hawaiian Photos can be purchased through the state or through private sales.
However, the company has had issues with its online sales platform in recent years.
In 2015, the Hawaiian Post said it was struggling to secure enough credit card numbers to operate its online service.
After the launch of a second Hawaiian Photo site in 2017, the state decided to shut down its site and shut down the online sales process altogether.
The state is also planning to close all of its current Hawaii Photo sales outlets.
Hawalei Photo was established in 1876 by Hawaiian American Art Association members William Boulanger and James “Red” Doulanger.
The company is owned by Hawaiian Pacific Islands Properties (HPE), which is owned jointly by HPE and Hawaiian Pacific Island Properties.
HawaliPhoto, which was set up by the Hawaiian State Museum, now sells albums and other photographic products online, according the Hawaii Post.
In 2017, Hawaii Photo sold $3.8 million worth of album photos.
Hawakian Photo has also had issues managing its inventory.
In 2018, the store closed its doors, leaving just three remaining outlets.
The store’s online sales are currently limited to one day a week, but the store is considering extending the hours of operation, according Kaitlyn Linn, the general manager of Hawaii Photo.
Hawalau photo albums are available for purchase online at Hawalau Photo and can be shipped to Hawaii.
Customers can order through a catalog that the store maintains, according a Hawaiian Post article.
Hawala Photo was able to sell albums for more than a decade.
The state had an inventory of about 300,000 Hawaiian Photo albums and sold about $1.7 million worth each year, according Hawaiian Post.
Hawalingu Photo was the second Hawaiian photo album store, but it has not been profitable since the last business closure in 2013.
According to a 2016 article in the Honolulu Advertiser, the business was struggling in its first year.
Hawalo Photo, which is not affiliated with Hawaii Pacific Island Property, closed in 2015 and has not reopened since.
Hawallu Photo is the third Hawaiian photo store and was established by a group of artisans and collectors.
In the first three years of operation of Hawalo Photo stores, the Hawaii Pacific Islands Property had an online sales account and sold more than $2 million worth.
Hawalla Photo, however, had to close its online business and shuttered its online shop in 2017.
HawaKua Photo is another popular Hawaiian photo shop and was the third online seller of album images in the last three years.
In addition to selling albums, the shop was also known for selling posters and prints.
Hawaga Photo was launched in 2008 and was sold in 2018 to HPE.
Hawago Photo has remained open and has expanded its online store, according Hawaii Post, with plans to open an online ordering platform as well.