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My old job at McDonalds

October 24th, 2012

I was driving from the airport towards Kalihi, via Nimitz Highway. Kalihi feels a little like home to me because I worked at KHNL, located in Kalihi, for 13 years. In particular, the old KHNL building at 315 Sand Island Access Road is like home. I have so many fun and good memories of working there for 12 of those 13 years.

As the car pulled off the freeway, I told Olivia, "Keep looking on the right side of the road. We're going to pass Mommy's old work pretty soon. When you were in my tummy and then when you were born, you used to visit me there."

Headed eastbound on Nimitz Highway in Kalihi

Headed eastbound on Nimitz Highway in Kalihi

We first came to a warren of warehouse buildings. "Is it that?" she asked.

"No, just past that. A little more," I said.

"This blue building?" she asked.

"No, further up," I answered.

The old KHNL - white building at corner

The old KHNL - white building at corner

The building is slightly set back from the road, so she didn't see it. Her eyes went to the building right after, and she asked, "You used to work at McDonald's?"


Well, not quite! I did volunteer there as a drive-through server for Kids' Day one year, though.

2007 PACT Children's Day

2007 PACT Children's Day

You want fries with that?

4 Responses to “My old job at McDonalds”

  1. wafan:

    Thought she might wonder what you did at the castle looking building.

  2. Rodney Lee:

    We were just there yesterday! McDonalds, that is...

  3. theDman:

    ...and back in the "old" days, a McDonald's job was considered a good one for a teenager. My first job. I'll never forget it.

  4. RedZone:

    I was one of the originals to open the second McDonald's on this island. I was not very good at it tho. One customer complained that i put too much fries in the pouch. When I saw a customer slip and drop her food. I went and talked to the manager and he told me to take care of her so I told her that she could have what ever she wanted. Once a little girl came to the counter and wanted a bag of fries so I got it for her. She only had a nickle so I told her to keep it and paid for it myself. So many stories. But is was an okay part time job while I attended college.

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