New McDonald’s restaurant opens at Puna Kai shopping center

Puna Kai Shopping Center in Pāhoa Welcomes New Familiar Tenant.

McDonald’s has opened its 73rd Hawaiian restaurant in downtown, located at 15-2714 Pāhoa Village Road. As part of the grand opening party, the fast-food restaurant will be offering $ 0.50 cheeseburgers on Saturday, July 24 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Customers can purchase a maximum of 10 cheeseburgers per vehicle at drive-thru only.

McDonald’s in Puna Kai offers an 80-seat dining room that is open to customers. Seats are currently limited to 75% of capacity and spaced six feet apart to meet social distancing requirements. Customers can opt for table service and relax while preparing their orders.

The restaurant offers several ordering enhancements for speed and convenience, the restaurant said in a press release. Digital self-service kiosks allow customers to browse the menu, personalize their orders and skip the line at the counter. Bright, easy-to-read digital menu boards hang above the front counter and are used outdoors in the dual-track drive-thru.

McDonald’s in Puna Kai is the tenth establishment on the Big Island. It is owned and operated by Patrick Lim and his family. The company employs more than 300 people across the island, according to a press release, and is currently looking to fill multiple positions across all restaurants.


Interested applicants can enter “Hawaii” in the search box at


“We are fortunate to serve the community and provide a safe and relaxed dining experience that customers can count on for their favorite McDonald’s dishes,” Lim said. “We would also like to support the Island of Hawaii workforce with exciting careers that offer competitive salaries (and) flexible hours, as well as help with tuition and advancement opportunities. . “

In an effort to protect the health of customers and crew members, the restaurant has implemented several COVID-19 safety protocols. Some of them include wellbeing and temperature controls for the crew, face masks, gloves, social distancing floor stickers, protective barriers at control points and touchless controls.

There are designated parking spots for curbside pickup when customers place mobile orders on their McDonald’s app. Customers can also order their McDonald’s favorites from home using McDelivery through Uber Eats.


McDonald’s new rewards program – MyMcDonald’s Rewards – will soon be activated on the app. For every dollar spent, customers earn 100 points which can be applied towards free food.

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