Restaurants Serve Up Aid To Katrina Victims

Ron Ching
Ron Ching
Minnie Okano
Minnie Okano

by Darren Pai

HONOLULU (KHNL) - There's was something special Tuesday about the desserts at Big City Diner.

For one day, the restaurant made a donation to help Hurricane Katrina victims every time someone ordered a dessert.

"I know it's been about a year and they're still having, they need a lot of support down there in the gulf," said Ron Ching, restaurant manager.

The restaurant says helping others in need is a tradition as local as the food on its menu.

"It kind of hits close to home when you know you're vulnerable too to those kind of natural disasters," Ching said.

Last year nearly 100 restaurants statewide participated. This year only four Big City Diner locations and a handful of other restaurants are making contributions.

Other participating restaurants include Ryan's Grill, Kincaid's, Palomino and Buca Di Beppo.

"The longer times goes by, you tend to, tend to maybe forget about the actual, the actual incident," Ching said.

One of the regulars at Big City Diner, Minnie Okano, says she's happy ordering her favorite dessert will help out with a good cause.

"Anything to help the people in need of anything, I would be happy to participate," Okano said.