Father's Day Specials June 2009

Looking for where to take dad to celebrate this Father's Day? Treat him to a Hale Aina Award-winning restaurant to celebrate his special day. All of the specials below take place on Sunday, June 21, 2009, unless noted.

The Pineapple Room will be presenting a special Father's Day Brunch on Sunday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event will feature a mix of plated and buffet selections. For a full look at the menu, visit the menu page.

 Photo: courtesy of The Pineapple Room

Here's a preview of what is being served:

Action Stations like a "Manwich" Bar with North Shore Cattle Co. Sloppy Joe's, Hand Carved Prime Rib, Chinese Roast Pork with Bao Buns and Omelets Made to Order. Choose from some plated selections like Pulehu" Short Ribs, "Steak and Eggs" and Pan Roasted Shutome.  Or make your way to the buffet and enjoy selections like: French Toast, Assorted Sausages and Onions, Bacon, Portuguese Sausage, North Shore Cattle Company Chunky "Chili" Soup, Nozawa Farms Corn Pudding and Pan Steamed Mahimahi "Chinese Style".

There will also be a bounty of salads, including Nalo Greens with Assorted Condiments and Dressings, Wasabi Potato Salad, Waialua Twin Bridge Asparagus Salad, Wailea Agriculture Hearts of Palm Salad, Platter of Richard Ha's Hamakua Springs Tomatoes and Honda Family Cold Tofu and Watercress Salad.

Enjoy staples like Ahi Poke and Peel and Eat Shrimp and Chilled Crab Claws or a variety of pastries. For dessert, delight in some "Milk and Cookies" with Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches and Milkshakes, Chocolate Crunch Bars, Lilikoi Cheesecake, "Pearlized" Butter Mochi with Vanilla Pineapple, Banana Cream Pie and much more.

To see The Pineapple Room's full Father's Day menu, click here. The regular ala carte menu will not be served.

The menu may be subject to change based on product availability and is available for adults at $45.00, Children 6 – 12: $22.50 per person, plus Tax and children under 6 are free.

For reservations, please call (808) 945-6573.


Alan Wong's Restaurant on King Street will also be serving a special Father's Day Dinner that night from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Treat dad to a very special 4-course dinner.

Photo: courtesy of Alan Wong's Restaurant

First course
"Sashimi and Poke" – Big Island Butterfish, Kona Kampachi, and Yellowfin Ahi

Second course (Choice of One):

  • Lobster "Saimin" with Butter Poached Kona Lobster, Braised Pork Belly, Garlic Lobster Broth
  • Seared Ahi "Nitsuke" with Seared Hudson Foie Gras, Gobo, Konbu

Entrée (Choice of One):

  • Ginger Crusted Onaga with Miso Sesame Vinaigrette, Organically Grown Hamakua Mushrooms and Corn
  • Maui Cattle Company Prime Rib with Anchovy Garlic Horseradish Sour Cream, Pipikaula Potato Gratin, Hamakua Mushroom Au Jus
  • Seafood "Paella" with Lobster, Shrimp, Clams and Scallop on Paella Style Rice
  • Roast Rack of Lamb "Adobo" with Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette, Ratatouille Vegetable, Waialua Potatoes (supplemental charge $10.00)

"Apple Pie" for Dad

The dinner is available for $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

For reservations, call (808) 949-2526.

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Shokudo Japanese Restaurant & Bar will present a bountiful lunch buffet and rare and exclusive sake tasting for dad. From 10:30am to 2:30pm, enjoy an extensive menu of

Ikuko Shimizu. Photo: courtesy of Shokudo

Ikuko Shimizu, the only Certified Sake Sommelier in Hawaii, will host your Father's Day with a select variety of "Ji-zake" = "Microbrewed Sake" from Japan. After extensive study of Sake production, service, stewardship and sales, Ms. Shimizu had undertaken 12 exams by mail and final exam involving sake tasting in Japan to successfully attain the title of "Kikisake-shi". Since 2005, she exclusively holds the title of Certified Sake Sommelier in Hawaii. The sake tasting/pairing is presented complimentary with your Father's Day Lunch Buffet.

For the lunch buffet enjoy a Hand Carved Prime Rib Carving Station with homemade mashed potatoes.

Salad Stations include: Ahi Poke, Mixed Greens with Assorted Toppings, Ume Cucumber and Signature Homemade Tofu.

At the Sushi Stations, enjoy: Nigiri Sushi, ahi tuna, salmon, ebi, tamago, Spicy Tuna, served as mini donburi
Unagi Oshi Sushi, California Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll, Shrimp Tempura Roll, Lobster Dynamite Roll and Salmon Skin Roll.

For entrees, choose from a full selection of Fried Gyoza, Shrimp Tempura, Karaage Chicken, Kurobuta Pork "Katsu", Lobster Dynamite, Teriyaki Chicken, Garlic Shrimp Rice, Yakisoba Noodle, Udon, Somen and Rice & Miso Soup.

Finally, enjoy a selection of homemade favorites for dessert.

Shokudo Japanese Restaurant & Bar's Father's Day Lunch Buffet is $29.95 for adults, $14.95 for children (5-12 years old) plus tax and gratuity.

For reservations, call 941-3701. Limited Seating Available..


Chai's Island Bistro turns on the entertainment with some of Hawaii's best performers. Enjoy a special brunch from 9 a.m. with entertainment from Melveen Leed. Then enjoy a Father's Day dinner from 5 p.m. with entertainment from Sista Robi Kahakalau and friends.

Chef Chai. Photo: David Croxford

The Brunch and Dinner buffets will feature all you can eat Wagyu beef and Alaskan King Crab, just for dad! Chef Chai Chaowasaree has also created a number of delicious selections, including:

Cold Appetizers and Salads: jumbo Shrimp and Crab Claws Cocktails, Alaskan King Crab Legs, Fresh Oyster On ice with Spicy Garlic Mignonette, Fresh Ahi Poke with Roasted Pine Nuts, Salmon Tartar with Lemon Dill Cream Sauce, Organically Grown Baby Greens with Balsamic Tamarind Dressing, Organically Grown Baby Romaine with Caesar Dressing, Shredded Green Papaya Salad, Low Acid Pineapple, Cantaloupe, Honeydew Melon, Grape and Berries.

Hot Appetizers: Alaskan King Crab Cake with Roasted Garlic Aioli, Kataifi & Macadamia Nut Crusted Jumbo Black Tiger Prawns, Vegetarian Spring Rolls Pineapple Plum sauce, Thai Curry Puffs, BBQ Baby Back Ribs and Roasted Fresh Corn Chowder & Sweet Okinawan Potato.

Entrees: Grilled Fresh Atlantic King Salmon with Truffle Madeira Sauce, Steamed Fresh Onaga with Ginger and Green Onions, Thai Chicken Curry with Bamboo Shoots & Fresh Basil, Long Island Duck Legs Confetti, Mongolian Style Lamb Chops with merlot Demiglace, Braised Boneless Beef Short Ribs with Hawaiian Taro & Kabocha Pumpkin, Vegetarian Stir-fried with Tofu, Crispy Bacon, Sausage and Scramble Egg (for brunch Only), Toasted Sesame Seed Chow Fun Noodles, Mashed Potato and Steamed Thai Jasmine Rice.

For Dessert: Banana Cream Pie, Peanut Butter Opera, Chocolate Decadence, Green Tea Tiramisu, New York Style Cheese Cake, Crème Brulee, and Pineapple Macadamia Nut Tart.

Both brunch and dinners at Chai's Island Bistro are avilable for $49.95 per person plus tax and gratuity.

For reservations, call 808-585-0011.

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At Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar, chef/owner D.K. Kodama will host a full Father's Day Weekend from June 19th to the 22nd and feature a special "Locally Grown Omakase Menu for Two".  The menu is a special 5 course set menu that is also available with sake pairings. Here's a look:

D.K. Kodama. Photo: Delography

First Course
Kona Kampachi Carpaccio
Paired with Kasumi Tsuru Sake

Second Course
Contemporary Nigiri Sampler – Torched Onaga, Torched Ahi and Kona Kampachi Poke
Paired with Chikurin Fukamari Junmai Sake

Third Course
Deep Fried Whole Moi
Paired with Taiheikai Sake

Forth Course
Maui Cattle Co. Garlic New York Steak
Paired with Watari Bune Sake

Chocolate Cake Brownie Bread Pudding
Paired with Japanese Green Tea

The menu is available for $38 per person or $50 per person with the 4 Sake Pairings. The full ala carte menu will also be available throughout the weekend.

For reservations or more information, call 808-931-6286.


Little Village Noodle House is offering a set menu to help you celebrate Father's Day. The menu is also available throughout the Father's Day Weekend from Friday, June 19 through the Sunday of Father's Day during normal hours (Friday/Saturday – 10:30 a.m. to Midnight; Sunday 10:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.). The menu includes: Mu-Shu Hand Roll, Golden Crispy Fried Chicken, Sizzling Shrimp & Scallop, Jumbo Alaskan King Crab Leg with a ginger onion sauce, Tender Beef Stew & Tendon Hot Pot,  Braised Tofu with Mushroom vegetables, steamed rice and dessert. Also get a free honey walnut shrimp with the puchase of the set menu. It's available for $250 for 10 people and $108 for 4 people. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 808-545-3008.


The Willows will also present a Father's Day Brunch & Dinner Buffet, available for $39.95 per person plus tax and gratuity. Enjoy selelctions like: Chilled Snow and King Crab Legs, Eggs Benedict with Crab Cake & Pesto Scented Hollandaise Sauce, Shrimp & Scallops with Spicy Japanese Curry Sauce, Oven Roasted Lamb Chops and Rosemary Crusted Prime Rib with Au Jus.

For reservations and more information, call 808-952-9200.


Sam Choy's Breakfast, Lunch & Crab will celebrate Father's Day with a bruch buffet from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and seafood and prime-rib dinner buffet from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $32.95 (adults)/$16.95 (kids 5-12) for the brunch and $35.95 (adults)/$18.95 (kids 5-12).

Call 808-545-7979 for reservations or more information.


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Big City Diner will feature its "Big Daddy Specials" this weekend, June 20-21. Enjoy brunch specials, served from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. including the Ultimate Big Daddy Seafood Omelet. It's a three egg omelet filled with jumbo shrimp, crab meat, fresh fish, spinach, portobello mushrooms, onion, diced tomatoes, green onion and jack & cheddar cheese, topped with a touch of sour cream, for $12.99. Or choose the Ribeye steak & eggs – a 10 oz. U.S.D.A. Prime Ribeye steak broiled in Hawaiian spice rock salt and jumbo shrimp in chef's special garlic sauce, for $16.99. Both brunch specials are served with your choice of steamed white or brown rice, paniolo potatoes or hash browns.

The Big Daddy dinner special at Big City Dinner will be served from 4 p.m. till they run out or close. It's a U.S.D.A. Prime Ribeye steak & jumbo shrimp. Served with sauteed medley of vegetables and your choice of white and brown rice for $22.99. For dessert, Big City Diner will offer a Big "O" Ice Cream Cake served from 11 a.m. till they run out. It's made with Bubbies homemade Oreo, Espresso & Chocolate ice cream on an oreo cookie crust for $6.99.

For reservations and location information, visit bigcitydinerhawaii.com.


At JJ Bistro & French Pastry, dads can enjoy their special 4-course meals for $19.95 – $24.70.  Each meal comes with Asparagus Soup, Bake lobster avocado on French bread and your choice of entree from:

  • Bake Cornish Hen
  • Fisherman Pie
  • Asian Classic
  • Bake Opakapaka
  • Bake Salmon
  • Baked Rack of Lamb Wellington (new to the menu)

Then finish the meal with your choice of dessert from the show case as well as a cream brulee.

Call 793-0993 for reservations or more information.