Capturing the Look and Feel of Old Honolulu
Old Queen Street Stadium showcases sports memorabilia and the “fabrics and textures of Hawai‘i.”
Collectors Kevin Faller, Chester Sebastian and Kevin Sebastian (left to right) opened Old Queen Street Stadium nine months ago to showcase sports memorabilia and what Faller calls the “hall of fame of fabrics and textures of Hawai‘i.”
He says vintage aloha work shirts are a centerpiece of this “community museum” on Halekauwila Street, which rents, trades and sells select items. But visitors often gravitate to the sports treasures, such as UH bomber jackets in shiny Kelly green.
One elderly visitor let them display his rare Hawaiians jersey, which was a pro football team that played in 1974 and 1975.
The name “Old Queen Street Stadium” is an amalgamation of a pop-up store that Faller ran at an uncle’s Queen Street restaurant and the Honolulu Stadium in Mō‘ili‘ili, demolished in 1976, which was the “epicenter of old Honolulu culture.”
Faller says they try to capture that history through clothing and stories. “One of our success indicators is when someone comes back with their keiki or grandparents.”