As some businesses are beginning to reopen for eager customers, Governor Ige’s latest decision to extend the safer-at-home order until the end of June means we probably won’t see a lot of our favorite restaurants opening up their dining rooms just yet. As we get more and more accustomed to taking our restaurant food to go, it only makes sense that we start looking for the best options to feed our families in ways that help to stretch our already limited budgets. These are some of the best Big Island restaurant ‘Ohana Meals (or something similar) to help you get the best bang for your dining out buck.
As these restaurants continue to adapt to ever-changing conditions, please check their websites directly for their most up-to-date hours, menus, and pick up procedures. Remember that calling in your order or ordering online ahead of time is the best way to minimize exposure for everyone, and it makes things a lot easier on the restaurant staff. And you don’t have to stick to the ‘Ohana Meals – add on extras from their takeout menus to create your perfect at-home dining experience. Also, if a restaurant offers their own delivery service, be sure to use that instead of a third-party service so that the restaurant keeps more of its money. AND DON’T FORGET TO TIP!!
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Hilo Restaurant ‘Ohana Meals
HBJ offers some of the best deals in Hilo with their HBJ Specials. These various packs are full of fun and feature a wide range of their menu items in an affordable bundle. You can even bring in your own growler and get it filled from their taps (I highly recommend the Lilikoi Lime Milkshake IPA from Ola Brew Co). This is also a great option if you’re feeling generous and want to drop off dinner to other households, as they’ll bundle them all together in different boxes for you.
The Family Meal at Restaurant Kenichi is a great deal, feeding 4 people for around $12 each. Just call in your order and you can pick it up curbside! Each Family Meal includes:
- Choice of either Boneless Korean Chicken OR Chicken Katsu
- Choice of one of the following: BBQ Beef | Spicy Pork | Ton-Katsu | Mahi Katsu |Panko Furikake Salmon
- 2 choices of one of the following: Rice | Mac Salad | Tossed Salad
- 1 roll toilet paper!
Popover HI isn’t just about good coffee and delectable pastries, they also make some mean popover sandwiches and flatbreads. Popover’s menu makes a great option if you’re looking for breakfast and lunch foods for your family or your office. They’re currently offering their flatbreads at 6 for $75, popover sandwiches at 6 for $36, and half pan salad (serves 6-8) for $25. They’ve also got a dozen premium donuts for $20, apple lattice and tropical puffs for $12 a dozen, and a 96 ounce coffee traveler for $15.
Sweet Thunder Sushi offers a variety of sushi platters that can help to feed large groups of people. Most platters require between 2 and 4 hours notice to prepare, with a few platters needing 24 hours notice, so plan ahead. Platters range in price from $31.99 to $81.99.
There’s a good chance that you already know about this deal, because it’s been VERY popular, but Suisan Company Limited is offering weekly Aloha Packs that offer up combos of amazing deals that help families cook a big meal at home. In addition to the amazing prices that they are able to offer, they also have add-ons that can be purchased with the Aloha Packs. As an added bonus, Suisan is able to accept EBT for these grocery packs, which helps families stretch their grocery budgets. Pickups are Fridays, starting at 10 a.m. — we highly recommend getting there early so they don’t sell out.
Panda Express has brought back their Family Meals for a limited time in response to the pandemic. For $25 The Panda Family meal includes three large entrees and two large sides. Order online or in the Panda Express app.
Volcano/Keaau Restaurant ‘Ohana Meals
Thanks to popular demand (the internet is just raving about it), Kilauea Lodge & Restaurant has added their Crispy Fried Chicken Dinner to their permanent curbside/to-go menu. The dinner includes a choice of three sides and feeds two for $30 or 4 for $55.
Though not technically an ‘ohana deal, Yasuhiro Sushi offers a 30 piece combo for just $21.99. Add a few sides like edamame and miso soup, and you’ve got a full meal!
Dimple Cheek Cafe
Mountain View’s Dimple Cheek Cafe has been closed to do some renovations while the dining room has been closed to guests, but they’re reopening on June 1, and they’ll be bringing their $50 ‘ohana meals back!
•10 scoops of rice
• 1 lb teri beef
• about 10-15 pieces cut ono fish
• One whole pack of hot dogs
• 5-8 pc of katsu chicken
• 15 Teri chicken wings
Kona Restaurant ‘Ohana Meals
Wings, pasta, flatbreads, chicken, ribs, and more are all available in large, family-sized orders through Foster’s Kitchen’s take out and delivery service. With their variety of tasty options, you’re sure to be able to put together a meal that can make even the pickiest of eaters happy.
Authentic Southern food in Hawaii? Yep, you read that right. Pick up a King’s BBQ Platter for $60 and you’ll get 1/2 Pound of Smoked Brisket, 1/2 Pound Pulled Pork, 1/2 Pound of Spare Ribs, 2 Smoked Sausage links, served with 8oz Coleslaw & Baked Beans. Add on some of their home-cooking style apps like their Fried Green Tomatoes for a really outstanding meal.
If you’re in the mood for an all-American meal, Kohala Burger & Taco is offering a Stadium Box for $22.99 that includes two burgers, two corn dogs, fries, and a GFC nostalgic card pack.
At Poi Dog Deli families can pick up a tray of take and bake sliders to heat up and enjoy at home. The 12 sliders are made with Love’s buns and stuffed with deli meats and cheeses and come with Magic Butter Sauce to melt on the top all for $34.99.
At the Waikoloa and Mauna Lani locations of Sushi Shiono, diners can find assorted sushi platters between $30 and $85, based on their needs.
Umeke’s is offering up some great family style deals: for $35 get the Umekes Family Style Bento that feeds four, or for $40 choose from Teriyaki, Pulehu, Fish Taco, or Hawaiian Combo, all of which feed up to four people.
Platters at Royal Jade Garden include the medium platter for $44.99 which feeds three to five people or the large platter for $64.99 which feeds six to eight people.
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