Shakey’s Is Back With Pizza, Games And Public Service

Linda Dela Cruz
Wednesday - March 17, 2010
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Shakey’s owner Brad Vandeman brings a piece of pizza nostalgia back to the Islands at the new Waipahu restaurant. A grand opening celebration on Monday will benefit Ewa-based Child and Family Service. Photo by Nathalie Walker, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Food, fun and games are on the menu at Shakey’s Pizza Parlor’s grand-opening celebration from 5 to 8:30 p.m. March 22 at the restaurant’s new location in Waipahu Town Center.

Planned festivities include entertainment by Ben Vegas, a live broadcast from Krater 96 and food favorites like fried chicken, pizza and Shakey’s signature Mojo potato fries.

“We found an attractive, central location in the Waipahu Town Center that has substantial traffic exposure,” said owner Brad Vandeman of his reason for bringing the brand back to the Islands, starting with West Oahu.

Vandeman added that two more Oahu locations are yet to be determined, but more than likely they will be more toward Honolulu.

“The Waipahu daytime population is a perfect fit with Shakey’s target demographics,” he said.

A key component of its customer base is families, which is why Shakey’s will donate proceeds of Monday’s grand opening to Child and Family Service.

Sandra Oba, director of development and communications for the Ewa Beach-based nonprofit, noted that the money will support Hale O Ulu, its alternative school program for at-risk youths.

“Brad is all about kids,” explained Oba,“and Shakey’s has a tradition of playing a big role in the community.”

In fact, Oba recalled that her mom would only take her to Shakey’s when she was a good girl when the franchise was first operated in Hawaii (under different owners) in the 1960s and ‘70s.

“When I was told Shakey’s was coming down, I could-n’t wait to share this tradition with my 7-year-old daughter,” she added.

Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

In addition to individual menu items, there also is a $12.99 lunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, which includes unlimited pizza, pasta, salad bar and drinks.

For more information, call 677-1919 or log on to

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