A good read. 

DONN BEACH THE WATUMULL FOUNDATION ORAL HISTORY PROJECT DONN BEACH (1907 - ) Donn Beach, greatly-admired and greatly imitated restauranteur, describes the early experiences, including a voyage to Australia, that led to his lifelong interest in the South Pacific area. Mr. Beach reminisces about his years in Hollywood in both the movie and restaurant industries, and his military service during World War II. He shares anecdotes about many well-known personalities he has met throughout the years. Perhaps best known for his restaurants, Mr. Beach has also served as a consultant for resort development and has devised a number of visitor attractions for many tourist areas, including Waikiki's famous International Marketplace.

 © 1987 The Watumull Foundation, Oral History Project 2051 Young Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96826 

Max from KHON2 Visits Tiki's Grill & Bar for Mother's Day & Graduation Weekend in Honolulu


Busy weekend for restaurants with Mother’s Day, Graduation

Join Max as he explores Tiki's Grill & Bar in Honolulu during the busy Mother's Day and Graduation weekend. Watch as Director of Operations and Partner Michael Miller discusses the growing demand for reservations, their special menu offerings, and how they're catering to local families during these challenging times. Don't miss out on this insider look at Hawaii's thriving restaurant scene!

by: Max Rodriguez Posted: May 7, 2023 / 07:06 PM HST / Updated: May 7, 2023 / 10:46 PM HST

HONOLULU (KHON2) — Next weekend is expected to be a busy one for Hawaii restaurants, not only will it be Mother’s Day but graduations are also taking place on the same weekend, but those waiting last minute to make reservations may still be in luck. 

The Tiki’s Grill & Bar Director of Operations and Partner Michael Miller said business is picking up, especially with the summer months approaching. He said reservations are coming in for Mother’s Day Sunday brunch, but they still have some availability during the later evening hours.

Miller said, “If you don’t have a reservation it may be up to an hour-long that day because most of the places that have been around that are doing a great job are going to be busy.”

Other places like 53 By The Sea have been fully booked since a couple of weeks ago. The restaurant manager Royce Takahashi said they are planning on being fully staffed. 

“A lot of it is a mental game as well,” Takahashi said. “But the staff here you know they’ve, they work very hard and it’s nothing that’s really new to them. As long as you come in with a good mindset, a game plan for service it should go, it should go smoothly, knock on wood.”

Restaurant kitchens have been preparing for this coming busy weekend for months. From creating a fixed menu or buffet, and making sure the ingredients are available.

Miller said they also factored in the cost of the items on the special menu and how much customers are willing to pay for a meal. He understands many local families are working hard to just pass by during economic hardships. 

“If you look at our pricing compared to some of our other friends in the industry, we priced ours below theirs,” Miller said. “And we did that on purpose because we didn’t want to gouge families so we thought ours was fair, to help cover our costs, make a little bit of money but really give a great experience.”

Even on Sunday, some restaurants may have a couple of tables set aside for walk-ins, or they could offer bar seating. 

The Hawaii Restaurant Association Executive Director Sheryl Matsuoka is asking folks to notify restaurants if they need to cancel, other people may be looking for that reservation.

Matsuoka said, “My recommendation is to call the restaurant, many times you can call the restaurants and they will say, ‘Hey guess what someone just canceled I can put you in on these times,’ a lot of times if you do call you might be able to get a reservation." Many restaurants will be updating their availability online as the week goes on, they asked that customers to continue checking if there is a certain time they want. 

Tiki's Grill & Bar -  2570 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815


Unveiling the Secrets: How We Prepare for a Mother's Day Celebration at Tiki's Grill & Bar

In Hawaii, Ohana is of utmost importance, and taking mom or tutu out for Mother's Day is a cherished tradition. At Tiki's Grill & Bar, we consider it our kuleana (responsibility) to host a memorable experience for the whole family. That's why we change our style of service to a buffet and welcome so many kama'aina and visitors. In this behind-the-scenes look, we'll share how we prepare for a Mother's Day celebration at our restaurant.

Step 1: Reflecting on the past
Our preparation starts with reviewing notes from previous years, including chef and manager insights, guest counts, online reviews, and staffing notes. We evaluate what worked and what could be improved to ensure we're offering the best experience possible for our guests.

Step 2: Scoping out the competition
We reach out to other establishments and gather information on their offerings for Mother's Day. By building a competition grid, we can understand what others are providing in terms of hours, menus, service style, and pricing for both keiki and adults.

Step 3: Collaborating with our entire team
The preparation for Mother's Day at Tiki's Grill & Bar is truly a team effort. Our chefs Ronnie, Jason, and Mikey reflect on past successes and consider new menu ideas, ensuring that we can source ingredients at prices that allow us to make a profit. Meanwhile, Jenni, our manager in charge of holiday planning, coordinates with Jennifer on staffing, building the OpenTable plan, writing scripts, and managing dozens of logistical details, from ordering tablecloths and linen napkins to ensuring we have crab crackers on hand, planning the flow in OpenTable, and handling the logistics of payments.
However, it doesn't stop there; it takes the whole management team's dedication and expertise to plan and execute a successful Mother's Day celebration. From the bands providing live entertainment to the dishwashers, every member of the Tiki's Grill & Bar family plays a vital role in making the day special. The synergy between the various departments is essential for smooth operations and an unforgettable experience for our guests.

Step 4: Crafting the menu
Our team assembles a mouth-watering menu, including various stations, hot foods, and a salad/cold bar. Some highlights include Alaskan Snow Crab Legs, a "Build Your Own" Omelet Station, Hand Carved Salt Crusted Prime Rib, Togarashi Seared Salmon, and a Poke Bar featuring Ahi, Marlin, and Salmon. To top it all off, we offer an extensive assortment of desserts, including Lilikoi Cheesecake and sheet cakes.

Step 5: Coordinating with other departments
While Jenni oversees the holiday planning, it takes the coordination of eight other managers and departments to pull off this incredible feat. From the front of house to the back of house, every team member plays a crucial role in ensuring a successful and enjoyable Mother's Day celebration.

Step 6: The big day
With everything in place, we open our doors to welcome families looking to treat their moms to a special Mother's Day meal. As guests arrive, our well-prepared team works together seamlessly, delivering an unforgettable experience for all.

At Tiki's Grill & Bar, we take our kuleana seriously when it comes to providing a memorable Mother's Day celebration for the whole Ohana.

PRO TIP  no matter where you take your family make your reservations in advance.

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An Unforgettable Pile-Up Adventure with My ICOM IC-7300: 52 Contacts, 18 Countries, and One Very Hungry Wife

ALOHA fellow ham radio enthusiasts! Gather 'round, and let me regale you with the tale of my most thrilling (and somewhat hilarious) experience using my ICOM IC-7300 transceiver. With only 100 watts max power and a G5RV jr wire antenna that's seen better days, I managed to make a mind-boggling 52 contacts on 20 meters, parking on 14.268 MHz. The pile-up was massive, chaotic, and incredibly fun – it was like the Black Friday of ham radio!

Working a pile-up like this can really train your ears to pick up call signs amidst the cacophony. It was like playing "Where's Waldo?" with my ears. And I must say, I've become quite the auditory detective.    

My time was limited, as I had only an hour and a half before I needed to have dinner with my wife. As the clock ticked, I could practically hear her stomach growling . But in that short window, I managed to have voice conversations (QSOs) and exchange signal reports with 52 people across 18 different countries or DXCC entities. Many of our signal reports were a true 59, which, as you know, is really good – or as I like to say, the ham radio equivalent of a high-five!

Sad to say I left at least 25 people hanging when I said I was signing off to have dinner with my XYL (WIFE)  ALOHA and 73 KH6ML

Here's a list of the countries and their prefixes that I managed to make contact with during my adventure:

As dinner time approached, I signed off with a mixture of pride and the realization that my wife was probably plotting to hide my radio gear if I didn't get to diner soon. I quickly wrapped up and rushed to dinner, grateful for my ICOM IC-7300 and the trusty G5RV jr wire antenna for making this amazing (and amusing) pile-up adventure possible.

If you've been considering upgrading your ham radio setup, I highly recommend giving this combo a try. Who knows? You'll be the next one to share your own pile-up escapades, and we can swap stories over a virtual cup of coffee.

Until next time, 73, happy DXing, and remember to keep your spouses fed!

17 Meter Activity Group - Band Hopper with a good group

17 meter Activity Group -

17 meter Activity Group -

 If you want to have some fun or try out a new antenna - these are the guys to check out! They start on 17M at 17:30z every afternoon. Lots of check-ins from across North America and usually around the world. Great group of folks here. Check it out!

From Gary; K5IGO

Join us daily on the Activity Groups. Open to all. It is not a net, just a bunch of guys getting together daily to check propagation on these great bands. No roll call, just a list gathered up daily. Stop by and check us out.  73

17m - 18.157.50 at 17:30-18:30 UTC

15m - 21.383 at 18:30-19:00 UTC

12m - 24.970 at 19:00-19:30 UTC

10m -  Freq is usually picked that day at 19:30 UTC -

VIDEO: Ham Radio Connects Lanai Students w/ Astronauts on International Space Station via Amateur Radio - Video Edit from KH6ML

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Exciting news for the Lana'i High and Elementary School! Students communicated with astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) through Amateur Radio. This incredible opportunity was part of the ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) Program, which aimed to inspire students and promote STEM education.

The live connection with the ISS was facilitated by HAM operator Jan Poppeliers ON4ISS in Belgium, and the interview featured astronaut Warren Hoburg KB3HTZ. The amazing event was watched live on the ARISS YouTube channel:

This marks the first ARISS contact for Hawaii in 20 years! Teachers Danyel Erickson and Tricia Calhoon have been preparing their students for this momentous event with science clubs, field trips, stargazing events, and guest speakers.

Also visiting and sharing with the students is our astronomer friend Heather, callsign AH7RF.

Amateur Radio, or "Ham" Radio, allowed communication across town, around the world, and even into space without relying on conventional communication infrastructure. It was a great source of electronics experimentation, public service, and fun!

If you are in Hawaii and interested in obtaining your license to communicate with the ISS, you can find more information at

For more info on ARISS, you could visit, and for more on Amateur Radio, check out


Michael Miller KH6ML

Tiki's Grill & Bar Ohana Embraces the Spirit of Aloha at Hawaii Foodbank

Aloha, food lovers and community enthusiasts! We are excited to share the heartwarming experience of our Tiki's Grill & Bar Ohana, who recently volunteered at the Hawaii Foodbank to sort and organize produce and packaged foods.

The team had a fantastic time giving back to the local community, embracing the spirit of Aloha and living the true meaning of Ohana.

Our Tiki's Grill & Bar Ohana, led by our passionate chef Jason and dedicated manager Drew, embarked on this noble mission to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most. They spent an entire day at the Hawaii Foodbank, where they rolled up their sleeves and got to work sorting and organizing fresh produce and packaged foods.

This act of kindness and generosity is an extension of the warm Aloha spirit that the Tiki's Grill & Bar Ohana embodies. As a local business, we believe in not just serving mouth-watering dishes but also in contributing to the well-being of the community we call home.

The day was filled with laughter, camaraderie, and the joy of giving back. Our team members formed an assembly line, working together like a well-oiled machine to sort and pack the food items. The experience was an excellent opportunity for bonding and getting to know one another better, strengthening the sense of Ohana within our team.

Mahalo to chef Jason and manager Drew for organizing this wonderful event and to the entire Tiki's Grill & Bar Ohana for their hard work and dedication. Your spirit of giving back and your commitment to the community are truly inspiring.

We look forward to more opportunities to serve our community and share the Aloha spirit, both within our restaurant and beyond. If you would like to join us in our efforts to support the Hawaii Foodbank or other local organizations, please don't hesitate to reach out.

Until our next adventure, let's continue to spread the love, warmth, and joy that make the Aloha spirit so special. Mahalo!