BEST HARDWARE STORE
In another life, before we made it as big-time writers (scoff! scoff!), we actually worked at Ace. We won’t say which one, but know that we felt some pride when we saw that it’s our readers’ fave hardware store. Seriously, you can buy anything at an Ace—bento containers, roach killer, plants, pens, tools and enough nuts and bolts to fill a Matson container. True story: when we were working there we used to have this regular customer who would hand us handfuls of weed over the counter when he’d stop by for supplies in the morning. And no, we never inhaled. Lahaina Square Shopping Center, 667-5883; Pukulani Terrace Center, 572-5566; Kihei Azeka Shopping Center, 879-7060.
Runner-up: Home Depot. 100 Pakaula St., Kahului, 893-7800. (LB)