I believe that you have to work hard every time to make good food. If someone comes to eat and has three good meals then the fourth one is bad, then they tell all their friends about that one meal and then, you know, you are done.
I have worked at Kahuna Kabobs for about two years now. I heard about it through a friend who I worked with at the health food store. He knew me as a person and said, “You would like it here,” so I went and got the job. I was born in Chicago but my aunty and uncle have lived here for about 30 years and my family has always visited every year.
I have probably spent more than half of my life here but I have lived solely in Hawai’i for seven years. As soon as I graduated I got on a plane and started working practically the next day. I tried to go to college but it just doesn’t work when there’s surf and sun.
I have worked at Kahuna’s the longest out of the staff of about six. I love to cook so it’s great for me because I can do just that. I don’t have anyone telling me how to do my job and I can cook the way I know will make good product.
Scotty, the owner, is really like an owner/worker and he is here all the time. Basically he owns it and I help him run it. We both cook and get all the food ordered and stocked.
I really believe in this place. The restaurants that you go to and think, “That is a great place” and keep on going back have all been around for 15 to 20 years. Kahuna’s has only been around for five years but we are already getting popular. I think this place is going to get huge. MTW