‘Local Kine Grinds’ Is Cooking At New Waipahu Restaurant

Diners of Hawaii held a blessing ceremony March 25 to mark the opening its Waipahu location. Pictured (from left) are Anna and Janelle Nakamura, Guy C. Smith and Minister Kelekona Bishaw. Photo from Guy C. Smith.

Diners of Hawaii celebrated the opening of its new Waipahu location March 25 with a blessing ceremony and a tour of the restaurant.

Diners, which has another location in Waimalu, serves up local favorites like beef stew, teriyaki chicken, hamburger stew, kalbi ribs, oxtail soup and chicken katsu.

“Our customers are our ohana,” said Diners of Hawaii president Anna Nakamura. “We are creating our dining experience to be just like home for them.”

Chef Guy C. Smith of Kaneohe is in charge of the kitchen at the new location. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, he has years of experience in the restaurant industry.

“Quality, creative and even healthier food does not have to be expensive,” Smith explained. “Through the support of our expansion plans, we will increase the value and variety of our local kine grinds to our ohana of customers.

“We’ve been very busy already,” he added. “Everybody is really excited that Diners is here.”

The restaurant hopes to expand its menu to include more healthy options in the future.

Diners in Waipahu is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays and 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekends at 94-861 Farrington Hwy.