Hawaii Island Week: Ken’s House of Pancakes


KHON2’s Wake Up 2day and Living808 present a special series from the Island of Hawaii. Taizo Braden went exploring and found the joys of a staycation on Hawaii’s largest island.

Hawaii Island Week ends with a stop at one of the island’s most iconic dining spots.

Everyone knows a trip to Hilo wouldn’t be complete without a meal at Ken’s House of Pancakes. The restaurant is famous for serving up Sumo-sized meals 24 hours a day.

The restaurant originally opened in 1971. Ric and Debra Ching Maiava took over in 1990.

“It’s so confirming for us to be doing what we’re doing, and see generations and generations and people who have children work here, grow up, get their homes and cars, and it’s all working out,” said Ching Maiava.

As for the restaurant’s signature Sumo meals, Ching says he came up with the option after seeing “some local boys buying three things, like a hamburger, a saimin, and then another appetizer of sorts, so we decided, why don’t we just make one plate, call it a Sumo, and make several of them in different areas, and it became a hit.”

Customers who order Sumo items can expect their meals delivered with fanfare.

Ken’s House of Pancakes is located at 1730 Kamehameha Avenue. For more information, call (808) 935-8711.Related Links:

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