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August 20, 2004



did someone finally buy the property? i hope the family held out for the full asking price! and i hope one of the kids continues with the waffle dogs and ono ono shakes somewhere else....


Hi Santos,

As of right now, I don't believe anyone has made an offer to buy the property. I do know that one of the sons wants to continue the business once the sale is settled. I believe this same son is the one that is currently running the restaurant's affairs.


Thanks for the review. I am the son you are probably talking about. My cousin and I run the everyday duties of the restaurant. We are third generation managers. No offers have been tendered so we will be in business until the end of the year at the least. We hope that anyone who came in because of the rumour that we were closing soon were patient with us. There was a 30-45 minute wait on Waffle Hot Dogs on some of these days. The newspaper article was very premature. Thanks again.


Hi Dayton,

You're welcome and thanks for stopping by. By the way, I've been a customer at KC Drive-Inn since 1984 (that's when I started coming by myself). When I used to work at Market City Foodland, we used to come for the spaghetti at least once a week. Now that I don't live/work nearby, I stop in maybe once a month. On the night I was there, the wait for the waffle hot dog was about 10 minutes. =) Good luck with the business!


My family lives in California. I first visited this KC's in 1981 or 1982. I have fond memories of waffle dogs and ono ono shakes! We had heard that you had ALREADY closed and were disappointed as we had planned a trip to the island. We decided to drive by anyhow and were shocked and ecstatic to see KC's was still open. We made numerous visits while there and I just wanted to say how much we love KC's Drive Inn!


Hi Annie,

Thanks for dropping by my blog.

As far as I'm aware KC Drive Inn will remain open until they can find a buyer for the property. I believe the property has been on the market for about a year...maybe they'll just have to stay open forever. I'd like that. -)

Roy Ishikawa

I would like to make a correction. KC Drive Inn was never located on the corner of Kapiolani and Kalakaua. That was Kau Kau Corner. KC Drive Inn was located one block Diamond Head, across the Ala Wai, on the corner of Kalakaua and Ala Wai.


My folks used to run a women's wear store in the McCully Square Building a short distance away from KC back in the 50's and 60's and I remember coming over for milkshakes every once in a while. After leaving the islands back in '68, I always made it a point to stop in for a bite whenever I was in Honolulu.

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