Raising Cane’s confirms $2M restaurant in Kahului

Six Oahu spots go up over almost three years for chicken finger fast food chain

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers has plans for its first Maui location here along Hookele Street near American Savings Bank in Kahului. GOOGLE MAPS photo

Louisiana-based fast food chain Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers has plans for its first Maui location on a vacant parcel in Kahului, officials confirmed Thursday. 

The $1.98 million building would be situated on about 1.3 acres at 127 Hookele Street, according to an open county permit summary. The restaurant would neighbor American Savings Bank, which is at the corner of Hookele and Pakaula streets.

Like the six Raising Cane’s on Oahu, the Maui restaurant will be launched and managed by Panda Restaurant Group, owner of Panda Express. Officials with the brand confirmed the plans and said Maui’s spot is slated to open in early 2022.

“We are thrilled to join the Maui community to serve hot, crispy chicken finger meals and support with local organizations and schools,” Ali Urbick, Panda Restaurant Group spokesperson, said Thursday.

Land is owned by CFT NV Developments LLC of Las Vegas and has a value of about $2.6 million, according to real property tax records. It was purchased in February of 2020.

Known for its crispy chicken fingers, Raising Cane’s already has six locations on Oahu. Its latest restaurant — in the Pa’ina Lanai Food Court at Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki — opened last month. The menu has box combo variations of the brand’s staples — chicken fingers, crinkle-cut fries, Texas toast, coleslaw and secret sauce. 

“Raising Cane’s signature Box Combo contains four 100% premium white meat chicken tenderloins cooked to order, ensuring each chicken finger is served hot, fresh, and juicy,” a press release said. “Chicken fingers come with Cane’s craveable, secret homemade sauce, crinkle-cut fries, Texas toast, and coleslaw made daily. To top it all off, Raising Cane’s stays true to its commitment to quality with fresh-squeezed lemonade and fresh-brewed sweet tea, both made with pure cane sugar and prepared fresh daily.”

Hawaii’s first Raising Cane’s restaurant opened Dec. 11, 2018 in Honolulu on King Street restaurant near University of Hawaii. Additional spots in Kapolei, Mililani and Hawaii Kai followed.

The chicken eatery isn’t the only one slated to hatch in the Hookele area. 

Hawaii’s first Chick-fil-A location is scheduled to open at 140 Hookele St. next year. The roughly $3 million Kahului restaurant the first of five Chick-fil-A Hawaii locations planned for the next couple of years — will be built in Alexander & Baldwin’s Puunene Shopping Center, which is anchored by Target. 

Once completed, Maui’s Chick-fil-A will have a full dining room with double drive-thru and outdoor dining patio. It will be followed by several locations on Oahu.

Raising Cane’s county building permit request, which was entered in March 2020, is still being processed and approvals are pending.

Founded by Todd Graves in 1996 in Baton Rouge, La., Raising Cane’s now has has more than 530 restaurants in 28 states across the nation, along with hundreds of international locations, including spots in Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. 

For information, visit raisingcanes.com.

* This story was updated from the original version that left out Raising Cane’s response due to Maui News technology issues.

* Kehaulani Cerizo can be reached at kcerizo@mauinews.com.


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