The Forty Niner Restaurant was open in 1947 by brothers Richard and Henry Chagami when they returned from World War II where they served in Italy and France with the 442nd Army Regimental Combat Team.
The restaurant has been a landmark in Aiea and has a very warm and nostalgic feel with both architecture and food. The building has been inducted in the State of Hawaii Historic Building Society, the original counter area, tables, and chairs are still there and original menu items are still served the same as 71 years ago. We have however expanded our menu, by serving breakfast and dinner. We have added dishes to cover all of our diverse clientele.
Our service is casual yet very friendly and efficient, we emphasis treating our customers as family, and giving the sense as if they were eating at there own home, 95% of our customers are returned guest.
The Forty Niner Menu includes the original saimin, homemade local style burgers, beef cutlet, hamburger steak, we also serve some local favorites such as garlic chicken, pork roast, Hawaiian plate, fried noodles in addition to many other menu items and daily specials. Our all day breakfast menu has become very popular, some of the best selling items are our Forty Niner pancakes (banana macadamia nut pancakes smothered with our warm haupia sauce) fried rice, and smoked meat with onions.
Forty Niner’s sincere caring service, great food, reasonable prices and convenient location has allowed this special place to continually run longer than any other free standing restaurant on the island. We will continue our model of treating people as family, and we invite you to come in, enjoy and reminisce about old Hawaii.