Happy Days Chinese Restaurant

Digest Kitchen Insider

August 18, 2013

Story By: Dining Out Team | Photos by: Leah Friel

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at your favorite restaurant? Well, much credit goes to the many chefs, owners and managers who work diligently day in and day out to make sure Hawaii’s diners have a top-notch dining experience.

This week, Dining Out gets the inside scoops from Happy Days Chinese Restaurant’s owner Lisa Lum, who gives us a little taste of Happy Days and shares just what fuels her culinary drive.


NAME Lisa Lum
TITLE Owner of Happy Days Chinese Restaurant
TRAINING/ EDUCATION 27 years of experience, 12 years at Happy Days Chinese

Who or what inspires you as an owner? Throughout my years in the restaurant business, the one thing that inspires me as an owner is providing great food teamed up with great service, so our customers can have an amazing experience at Happy Days. When I see our customers enjoying themselves, that’s what makes me happy.

If you could serve food to a celebrity, who would it be and why? What dish would you serve? The one celebrity that we would like to serve is Mayor Kirk Caldwell. Mayor Caldwell has come into our restaurant before and he is a very nice gentleman, and very friendly. We are always honored to have him come to our restaurant to enjoy the Happy Days experience.

What is your favorite dish on the menu? Why? I have two dishes that I really like. The first one is Steamed Seabass Filet with Ginger and Onions. I like it a lot because the fish is light and, more importantly, very healthy. Also, our special shoyu and ginger sauce gives it a great taste. The second one is our Sweet and Sour Pig Feet Casserole. It’s another popular dish because it tastes delicious and it is also healthy. It helps lower your cholesterol and, with vinegar mixed in, it is known to cleanse your body.

Is there a dish that you create that’s not on your menu, but available upon request? A very popular dish that we serve upon special request is our Shrimp and Chicken. We place the shrimp on top of the chicken and deep fry it to make it nice and crispy. This has always been a favorite among our regulars.

Happy Days Chinese Restaurant

3553 Waialae Ave.
Open daily, 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Honolulu, HI 96816

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