Kalihi Day 7. Today I came in during the afternoon time for lunch. There hardly any cars at the drive thru. The dine in beezyness was about 60 percent. Before going in I used te restroom and saw a bunch of aunties sitting right next to the women’s room. Good thing that put chairs by the restroom area. It is no wonder they call the restroom a CR = comfort room. There was a mixture of young and older people but mostly teenagers most likely from Farrington hanging out, taking selfies, playing on their smartphone, and tsimissing about teenagers related stuff. There was hardly a line in I came in. It started getting busier later on. Today I got a spaghetti kids meal with a side order of fries. They didn’t offer me a choice between a kiddie soft drink or pineapple quencher. They automatically gave me a kiddie soft drink. Perhaps they ran out of the pineapple quencher for now. I got a side order of fries because usually when I eat spaghetti, I usually end up having some leftover sauce and sausages so I use the fries to act like I have more noodles because technically it’s all carbohydrates. I have to make sure I run a few miles later on. The spaghetti with extra fries combo is a good carbo load meal in my opinion. As I was about to eat my meal, I noticed that they gave me a spoon instead of a fork. I was like mannn but then again I can deal with it because I am pinoy like that. 93 more days to go!
Kalihi Day 1. Today is the first grand opening day of Jollibee Kalihi. I was really excited. I woke up early in the morning to bee one of the first customers and being the Jollibee Kid… Of course I just had to. The feeling that I had really brought the inner kid in me. The excitement was similar to when Waipahu first opened but I don’t think we can expect those crazy lines to happen again since Jollibee has already been established here in Hawaii. I came in at around 6am. I was contemplating on whether or not I was going to bee the first customer but when I came there, Lola was there quietly sitting down reading her bible scriptures. I didn’t feel bad that I got beat to bee the first customer because I already accomplished that when Ala Moana opened. The staff were still setting everything up everything such as banners and signage so we had to wait a while. Lola said that she came here at 5:30 so I came about half an hour later. There was another Lola that came by who was going to stand in line with us but she ditched. So it was still me and the original Lola in line at about 6:30 am. At about 6:40 am, a few more people came in line because it started to rain. So that’s why they made a line and put some umbrellas up. Not only that but to create a barrier and barricade for a prospective line. I think that’s why they put Jollibee at the way towards the beginning of the line so that he can welcome and greet customers in. At about 6:46 am they busted out the boom box and started to play the Jollibee bids ang saya song. Then they started to play other songs. Then at last, they finally opened! All of the management and staff were there to give us a warm aloha and greeting. As I was ordering, it almost felt like I was ordering Jollibee again. That’s how excited I was. At first, I wanted to order a breakfastjoy because after all, it was breakfast time. Unfortunately, there were no breakfastjoys so I had to pick something else of course. I ended up getting a burgersteak with soft drink. I think they are going to have breakfastjoys next month. They were also giving out Jollibee pillows for the first day opening. I was glad I was one of them this time. I remember back in 2010 when I went to Jollibee Waipahu the very first day they were giving out Jollibee dolls and a mask to the first 100 customers. I ended up being the 101st customer and ran out of luck! My friend Louise got all the goodies. I was hoping Jollibee would be there to greet us as well but that’s ok. I remember Jollibee was there on the first day at Waipahu. Anyways afterwards I got a little buzzer thing for when my meal is ready. The beverage soda dispenser thingy is similar to Waipahu where you can pick out your own drink. I am really amazed and impressed with the interior design of the store even more so than the exterior. The atmosphere really brought a vibe as if I was at a Jollibee in the Philippines. They have bar stool seating and regular table seating. I can really imagine myself spending a day here reading a bag, hanging out with friends, studying, having a meeting, etc. Hopefully they do have wifi soon. I sat more towards dillingham street side by the window. The burger steak that I had was good. It was warm, gravy, and tasty. It was really cool to see the management walking around greeting everyone and seeing how everyone was doing. I saw familiar faces ma’am Jill and ma’am sandy as well as meeting new people from the new Jollibee leadership team. It was great talking story with them. The dine in beezyness at the time was about 60 percent. There was of course a medium sized line when I was going in. The restrooms are really nice as well. Let’s just say I think it would make for a comfortable experience. Sometimes people judge an establishment by the way how a restroom looks and stuff. Before I left, I decided to check out how the drive thru experience is. Before I ordered I took a selfie. The drive thru experience went pretty well and smooth. I ordered a chickenjoy kids meal with pineapple drink. After I got my food I took a selfie with the drive thru staff. I think they enjoyed that. Jollibee kid kalihi first day secures! Congratulations Jollibee Hawaii for establishing a third Jollibee store in Kalihi completing a trilogy of Jollibee stores on Oahu! It’s not bad of a distance from where I live haha. I looking forward to completing a 100 days as I make this third diary that’s all about the joy of eating at a unique place where you feel like home. 99 more days to go! Chee! #jollibee #kalihi #jollibeekalihi #jollibeekidkalihi
Waipahu Visit 225. Today I came in during the afternoon with the homie Nico. We were actually at the new Kalihi location because they had a pre-opening blessing ceremony in which Ma’am Mila invited me to go over and check out. The new location looks really good and I am excited for it…
First off the store looks amazing! This is 3rd location that Jollibee has opened here in Oahu, Hawaii and finally they have come into town in the heart of Kalihi. I thought they would open one in Kalihi before Ala Moana due to the heavyily concentrated Filipino population but hey they finally did it. I was there for a little pre-opening blessing and ceremony that they had going on where they had all of the Politicians, investors, endorsers, management, staff, etc. The store took over the former KFC location and what a better replacement than the almighty Jollibee huh? It is conveniently located on the intersection of North King St. and Dilingham right across from the car dealership and Jack in the Box. It is a highly visible location and everybody upon everybody is gonna know what Jollibee is all about whether you driving, bussing, cycling, walking, etc. Parking will be a little tough as there really is not that much in the little plaza that it is located in. I do know there is a small underground garage parking area though. The restaurant is right next to a bus stop going town side and there is also several other bus stops in the area so bussing it to the location will be pretty convenient. By looking at the drive through menu, it is pretty much the same thing as the other Jollibees here in Oahu (yumburgers, chickenjoy, spaghetti, palabok, peach mango pie, halo-halo, kids meals, etc.) As I was looking at the drive thru menu where you order, one new thing that I observed was a cream macaroni soup big bowl which sounds pretty interesting. There business store hours are 7AM to 10PM daily. Those are pretty good hours I would say. One thing that I am looking forward to is the drive thru experience. I am really hyped and excited on the success and future fun experiences at this location. Time for Diary of a Jollibee Kid 3! Cheee!
The dine in beezyness at Waipahu was about 15 percent. There was hardly a line for Jollibee and Red Ribbon. I saw Ma’am Sandy today and she was sad because I guess they tried finding me during the blessing ceremony at Kalihi but I left sooner. She ended up treating me and Nico to a meal which was really nice of her to do. I got a palabok, crunchy chicken burger, and soft drink. I asked her if they were going to have that creamy macaroni soup at Kalihi and I guess that was a typo because she said that they are not supposed to have that.
Waipahu Visit 223. Today I came in during the lunch time with my home gurls Ariel and Kimmy. We came in during the lunch time before going off to Waipahu High School to teach tinikling again as usual like we do every week. The dine in beezyness was about 35 percent. There was hardly a line for Red Ribbon and Jollibee. Today I got a ube pearl cooler and chickenjoy dip’n strips with honey mustard. As I was ordering, saw Ma’am Sandy and verified if Jollibee was going to open on Saturday, April 12, however, she said that they delayed it back to Tuesday, April 15 due to the Pacquiao fight. I thought it would have been perfect to open on Saturday as it will be a big day for Filipinos that day. Ariel and Kimmy went over next door to Pacific Supermarket because they wanted to get Nestle Milo for Nico. That reminds me of the Milo Blast that they have in the Philippines. I recall seeing an instagram post saying how they should have some food menu items in Jollibee USA from Jollibee Philippines and vice versa.