Father’s Day Specials: All About the Beef

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There are no spa days for daddy.

While Mother’s Day arrives each year with an impressive pile of expectations (flowers, greeting cards, dinner, dessert, and the occasional facial/pedicure), a successful Father’s Day is quite easy to pull off.

For thousands of years, all you’ve needed to make dad’s day special is a dead mammal. More recently, a cooked one.

Vegetarians aside, Father’s Day is a testament to the single-minded simplicity of the male gender, a fact that hasn’t been lost on Big Island chefs this year. From east to west, June 15 appears to be “all about the beef.”

For East Side Dads


If a full-service meal is what you’re seeking, at least two East Hawai`i restaurants are aiming to please “pops”:

Café Pesto will offer up a 3-course special this Father's Day. Image courtesy.

Café Pesto will offer up a three-course special this Father’s Day. Courtesy image.

Cafe Pesto’s staff told us they’re planning a “surf and turf” special featuring Kulana beef steak (cut is “TBA”) and farm-raised shrimp. This comes with an ahi sashimi appetizer and hand-made smores dessert, served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Phone: (808)-969-6640.

Kilauea Lodge will feature prime rib and duck specials, with lobster tail combos on offer from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Phone (808)-967-7366.

If an all-you-can-eat bonanza is on dad’s wish list, try heading to the following:


Kilauea Military Camp isn’t known for glitz and glamour, but its Father’s Day buffet is definitely a steal: prime rib, shrimp alfredo, Asian-infused Hawaiian ono, salad bar and beverages are a mere $27 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. No reservations are being taken.

The Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, another staple East Hawaii watering hole, is determined to bust a few belts this Sunday. They’re offering a seafood bar (shrimp, snow crab, sashimi, poke and more), a prime rib carving station, whole roast pig, 22-piece salad bar, omelet station, and 50-piece dessert bar for $45. Draft beer and other beverages are included. Starts at 10 a.m. Phone: (808)-935-9361.

For West Side Dads

If dad prefers to be wined and dined this coming Sunday, then we suggest:


The Lava Lava Beach Club in Waikoloa will be featuring a pre-fixe dinner special for pops, including a grilled ribeye steak, ahi tatake salad, and molton Lava Lava chocolate dessert, all for $49. Feel like lobster? You can “add a tail” for an additional $17. Seats go fast for this one, so call (808) 769-5282 to book your spot.

Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar is offering "half off" dinner specials from 5 to 6 pm. Image courtesy.

Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar is offering “half-off” dinner specials from 5 to 6 pm. Image courtesy.

-The folks at Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar are still dreaming up their Father’s Day steak specials, but will be running their now famous “half-off” dinner bargains from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., with up to 90% of the menu being offered for half price. Plan on lining up early for this one, as no reservations will be taken. Phone (808)-886-6286.

While most west-side hotels and resorts told us they had “nothing special” planned for Father’s Day, there were two stand-out exceptions:

-The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows will be laying out an extensive evening spread at their Bay Terrace restaurant: bar-b-que baby back ribs, snow crab legs, shell-on shrimp, salt-and-pepper crab, salt-crusted prime rib, pan-roasted chicken, vegetables and desserts for $55. Kama`aina receive a 15% discount, and dinner runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Phone (808)-885-6622.

-The Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel is planning a Sunday brunch featuring an omelet and waffle station, eggs-to-order, poke, grilled chicken wings, garlic-rubbed New York steak, Loco Moco station, bar-b-que ribs, a dessert station, and full breakfast spread for $34 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Phone (808)-880-1111.

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