“There has been another turn in the affairs of the local fish markets as a result the newly built Gehr market on the right bank if the Wailoa river, above the railroad bridge is to all intents deserted. This was brought about by a hui of Japanese fishermen … who have bought out the entire business of RA Lucas and have taken over the unexpired portion of his lease of the Waiakea fish market.”
On September 17, 1907, Torazuki Hayashi and Hitaro Egawa formed a cooperative named Sui San Kabushiki Kaisha “officially known as the ‘Japanese Sea Produce Company.’” In three years, the market’s fish auction became a staple seafood provider in Hilo. From 1970 to the 1990s, Suisan experienced a period of rapid growth. Originally a fish market, Suisan is a one-stop distributor that carries all primary food and non-food items.