From catering to diner and bakery, Noralani's upgrades

People say the third time is a charm and Kehaulani, 27, and Kolani Slade, 28, are hoping this is true.

While most mothers would rather stay relaxed and catch up on some rest during maternity leave, Mrs. Slade used the opportunity to open up a branch of Noralani’s Catering in town.

An expansion from the catering businesses, the couple from Palisi opened up their third branch for Noralani’s Diner and Bakery in town on Thursday.

It is their first time opening up a space for their customers to sit down and enjoy their meal in an air-conditioned room.

The Slades have constantly been told that they need a cool space for their customers and they have certainly delivered.

First opened in 2009, and then again in 2015, Mrs. Slade said they feel that they are very much aware now of the type of food their customers want.

“Since our catering that we have been doing from home, we’ve been catering food to businesses and also to government Ministries since we closed our last restaurant,” said the mother of four.

“So we’ve gotten an idea of what kind of food that our customers really liked and we’re hoping that we draw those customers to this new branch.”

Noralani’s Catering, Diner and Bakery is known for its teriyaki chicken, fish and chicken katsu as well as their much loved desserts.

The family oriented business is run by both Mrs. Slade and her husband with the help of her parents.

What else can set a restaurant apart from another apart from the taste, which Mrs. Slade said is the usual feedback they get from their customers.

“Teriyaki chicken isn’t just our thing, it is everywhere but what we’ve gotten is that our’s tastes really different,” she said.

“And we’re trying to bring in other options other than what we’ve already had. We’re going to have a full on breakfast and coffee.

“Kids can get a little bit of sweets and adults get their main course meal and we’re going to have ice cream, sundaes, banana splits and we’ll be rolling out all our baked goods too.”

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