A History of Paradise Optical Hawaii
Richard B.F. Choy
Here's where it all started, 45 South Hotel Stree. Those were the days when people used to shop downtown. A great location, street front. Richard says, "I made money from day one."
First generation from oahu & china
On the left, Mrs. Ethel Choy, Richard's mother, born on Oahu. On the right, Wong Shee and Kai, May's parents, born in China and relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio. Ethel was a head accountant at Pearl Harbor and after retiring, worked into her 80's doing the books at Paradise; her salary....LOVE. May's parents were "classic" China, opened a laundry in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Former Vice President may choy
Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Richard's beautiful bride, May, named the company Paradise Optical because of the beauty of the islands. Seen here taking an order and wearing the latest eyewear fashion of the 1960's.
Over 50 years of experience and still going strong. We continue to help the local community with their eye wear needs. Paradise Optical has a long family history in the business.