Recently, the State of Hawaii started "Furlough Fridays", this is to "shut down" everything State-related for a day, in hopes to save on electricity, salaries, etc.
My friend, Wen, recently had a furlough day, and I too had a "furlough" from my duties, so we got together for lunch.
Since public schools were also closed due to this furlough, traffic was bad because everyone took their kids to participate in activities sponsored by the local mall.
At first, Wen and I intended to lunch at the local mall but went in the opposite direction of this traffic and instead headed towards the airport area to...Big Kahuna Pizza.
It had been many, many years since I had eaten here and was surprised to find out that they in fact had moved.
The restaurant is still tiny, only about 20 seats and many people were there to pick up their orders.
It took us awhile just to place our order and about 30 minutes later (actually maybe longer), we had the Sumo special...US$7.55+tax.
A 7-inch deep dish style pizza with kalua pig, portuguese sausage, olives, ham, bacon, italian sausage, onion, fresh mushrooms, chopped tomatoes.
I loved all the toppings. The crust was thick and a little on the sweet side. I love a thin crust (though a thinner crust probably wouldn't have been able to support all those toppings!).
With a bottomless cup of soda/juice..US$1.85 + tax, this was a filling lunch and I ended up taking home half of my pizza. (I should have gone for the bottled water!)
They are also known for their garlic cheese balls, which I've tried in the past (and could probably eat as a meal on its own), but we were good, and didn't have any "this time".
If you don't have much time for lunch, you should definitely phone in your order. Also, they don't allow credit cards, so have some cash on hand.
Big Kahuna Pizza
550 Paiea Street