Cheesecake Factory gets ready to open at Ka Makana Ali`i

A new restaurant, The Cheesecake Factory®, is set to open on Tuesday at Ka Makana Ali`i. This second Hawaii location boasts the largest menu in the entire 194-restaurant chain, including 25 dishes only found in Hawaii.

During a training session before the grand opening, media and local business partners were invited to sample the menu. Although it was lunch, we were treated to the generous dinner-sized portions that the restaurant is known for.

Stuffed Mushrooms

The Fried Calamari ($13.95), Stuffed Mushrooms ($7.95), and New England Clam Chowder (6.95) came out first, and while they were all tasty, my table far and away loved the soup. It’s just the right consistency and flavor – not too thick, not too watery, and perfectly creamy.

Bacon Bacon Cheeseburger, come to Mama!

Entrees were the Bacon Bacon Cheeseburger ($15.95) and the Almond Crusted Salmon Salad ($17.50) which came off the “Superfoods” menu (rather than the Salads). Both, excellent.

Almond Crusted Salmon Salad

I’m a bacon queen, and three strips were laid out beautifully in an asterisk pattern over the hamburger patty. Heaven. I actually also really like kale, and that’s the greenery in the salmon salad.

Mango Eruption

The chef sent a Mango Eruption ($15.50) mixed libation to our table, and while I’m not much for alcohol, who am I to turn down a gift? This rum, banana liquor, and tropical juice concoction was as tasty as it was pretty, but since my tolerance is so low, I shared it with a newspaper reporter and a Japanese magazine writer.

Mango Key Lime Cheesecake

Finally, to top off this ultra decadent lunch, I shared a Mango Key Lime Cheesecake, which floats on the tongue like sugar perfection. The famous cheesecake is topped with mango mousse on a vanilla macaroon crust. It was pretty hard to choose from two pages of desserts but I was more than happy with this choice!

Senior PR director Althea Rowe told me that for its second Hawaii restaurant, the eatery hired more than 320 staffers. The Ka Makana Ali`i restaurant has 350 seats, and its menu features more than 250 dishes – some which are not available at the Waikiki location.

Additionally, the Kapolei location will offer brunch until 2 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, whereas the Waikiki location currently only offers it on Sunday.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 19, at Ka Makana Ali`I, 91-5431 Kapolei Parkway.

The Cheesecake Factory
Ka Makana Ali`i
91-5431 Kapolei Pkwy.
Kapolei, HI 96707

Beginning September 19:
Monday – Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Friday 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

More at https://www.thecheesecakefactory.com or www.kamakanaalii.com

Diane Ako

Peace of mind By Diane Ako I like to reflect on life. Sometimes it’s philosophically. Sometimes it’s humorously. For all its beauty, life is far too difficult a journey to take alone. You need the support and connection with others to help carry you along the way. Writing brings me that connection– within and without. It clarifies my thoughts and feelings. It helps me reach out to others for advice, wisdom, or feedback. Your thoughts become your actions. Your actions become you. A wise yogi- Patanjali- said, “Speak what is true. Speak what is pleasant.” Let’s speak of things pleasant to one another and seek some peace of mind along the way. ABOUT Diane Ako joined Hawaii: In Real Life in October 2016. She likes being part of a community of local bloggers – people who like writing and sharing, like she does. Ako is an anchor/ reporter at Island News (KITV4 – ABC) in Honolulu. She previously anchored and reported at KHON2 (FOX) and KHNL (NBC), and at stations in California, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania, In between news jobs, in 2017, she launched and ran her own p.r. company, Diane Ako PR. From 2010-2014, she headed the public relations department at Halekulani Corporation, which oversees luxury resort Halekulani and boutique hotel Waikiki Parc. She’s been blogging since 2009 – before Hawaii: IRL, she wrote for The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the state’s largest daily newspaper, where her stories garnered a dozen journalism awards and an Emmy nomination. Ako has a BA in Communications from Menlo College and an MA in Political Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa. One day, she might figure out how to put that master’s degree to use.

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