Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives Goes Hale Aina

Hale Aina Award-winners Highway Inn and Nico’s at Pier 38 and Best of Honolulu winner Hank’s Haute Dogs have made the final cut and will be showcased on the Food Network’s April 5th episode of Diners, Drive Ins and Dives.

Host Guy Fieri.
Photo: courtesy of THE Food Network.

The popular show airs at 10 p.m. EST (it’ll premiere at 7 p.m. in Hawaii) on the Food Network (Oceanic channel 60/digital channel 321).

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives follows host Guy Fieri as he travels America to find the best "greasy spoon" spots as they find new life with the next generation. The show offers a fun look into the kitchens and communities of patrons each of the restaurants have developed over the years.

"This is exciting. It’s such a popular show. This is the first time Guy and ‘DDD’ has come to Hawaii, so we feel even more pumped to be on it," said Nico Chaize, owner of Nico’s at Pier 38.

Nico’s takes Guy on a tour of the Fish Auction. Photo: courtesy of HawaiiMagazine.com

Nico’s is located waterfront on Pier 38 just off Nimitz Highway in Honolulu. Immediately next door is the United Fishing Agency, home of the Honolulu Fish Auction, where Nico selects his fish every morning.

Opened in 2005, the casual open-air diner quickly established a reputation with the locals for serving fresh fish that has gourmet appeal and wallet-friendly prices.

Award-winning restaurateur Henry Adaniya took his fine-dining knowledge and expertise and put it into a hot dog. Hank’s features authentic Chicago hot dogs, local sausage and innovative gourmet creations inspired by regional and traditional flavors. Hank Haute Dogs is located on Coral St in Kaka’ako as well as an express in Waikiki.

Highway Inn opened in 1947 by Seiichi and Sachiko “Nancy” Toguchi. This family-owned and operated restaurant in the heart of Waipahu continues to thrive 63 years later because of its tradition of serving quality Hawaiian and American food has remained unchanged and secure in the hearts and stomachs of locals and visitors. The restaurant recently completed a renovation that included enhancements and expansions to its seafood market and catering facilities.

In conjunction with the airing, all three of the restaurants will be offering special promotions and menus. Highway Inn will even be offering a special 40% off its entire restaurant menu from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on April 5th.

“We’re so happy with the nostalgic look and feel of the newly redesigned interior, we thought it would be fun to continue the experience by taking 40% off our entire restaurant menu in honor of the 1940s, the decade we first opened,” said Monica Toguchi, vice president and granddaughter of Seiichi Toguchi, founder of Highway Inn.

“It’s a very exciting time for us. The show airs right after we finish renovating,” said Toguchi. “Not to mention, it’s premiering on my late grandfather’s birthday.”

Our sister magazine, Hawaii Magazine, put together a nice run-down of all that host Guy Fieri saw and ate while he was here and some of the criteria of what the show needed to feature the restaurants. Read more at HawaiiMagazine.com

Another Hale Aina Award-winning restaurant, Murphy’s Bar & Grill, will appear on a future episode on May 17th.

Be sure to tune in, or go out and support these restaurants as they make their national television debut.