View Full Version : Another old eatery closes...

August 5th, 2005, 05:06 AM

The landmark Ocean View Inn on Ali'i Drive in Kona is closing this weekend after more than 70 years of serving Chinese and local food.

Customers over the years included many celebrities. Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, James Stewart and Roy Rogers all ate at the restaurant. Ronald Kam and his family have run the eatery since his grandmother served her first meal there in 1934.

"There's mixed emotions," Kam said of the closing. "Each of us had something here. It was our life. On Sunday there will be no celebration. We'll just fade into the sunset."


Here's the Star Bulletin's (http://starbulletin.com/2005/08/05/news/index2.html) take on it.

August 13th, 2005, 08:38 PM
Well since the old Wisteria (http://www.hawaiithreads.com/showthread.php?t=4266&page=2) thread is closed and locked, I have nowhere to make this post mortem. Passed by the location this afternoon at the corner of King and Piikoi... the bulldozers have smashed the entire building down. Nothing but rubble there, soon to be carted away and in its place the rising of a new 7 Eleven fast food store and maybe gas station.... only less than 2 blocks from the other one a little further up on Piikoi.

In an effort to keep this thread on topic... my lousy 2 cents on the old Ocean View Inn in Kailua Kona. It has been about 3 decades since I last ate there, back in the late 1970s I believe. When we were kids my parents took me there whenever we were in Kona. Ocean View had the best fried rice in Kona.

August 13th, 2005, 11:22 PM
It also served the best French Toast, and cheap papaya for breakfast. I'd take my son there for breakfast on mornings he was going to be late to school due to his dentist appointments in Kona.
The building is on a million(ssss) dollar location in center of waterfront Alii Drive, it will be interesting to see what becomes of the site. I bet it will be something that we can't afford to patronize. :(

October 7th, 2005, 04:02 PM
Joining the list is Elephant & Castle in Aiea. Owner Emilio Quiton sounds pretty happy about retiring after 30 plus years. No takers when he put it up for sale. His rent is $17K a month and he would have had to sign a new master lease for at least another five years. On top of that he said that when Bishop Estate turned the property management over to an outside company, the yearly building fee went up 150K and they are very unresponsive to problems or fixing things. He said he's happy to retire and loved the restaurant, the customers and employees. And, if any of you out there have always wanted a suit of armor, they're auctioning off all of the cool stuff that was in the restaurant next Saturday, Oct. 15. I think I need one of those cool tapestries or a ceramic elephant from India.

Walkoff Balk
December 5th, 2019, 08:27 PM

Kakaako Kitchen is closing.

Ron Whitfield
December 6th, 2019, 02:38 AM

Kakaako Kitchen is closing.they were a luncheon institution right from the start and did it well.