A Hole In One

A La Carte Columns

October 4, 2015

Story By: Caitlin Basilio | Photos by: Lawrence Tabudlo

Char Siu Chicken Katsu ($8)

Char Siu Chicken Katsu ($8)

Hidden along a sloping hillside in Aiea, Newtown Golf Driving Range has been giving kamaaina more reasons to visit than just hitting a few golf balls since 2011.

Newtown Drive Inn is home to many local favorites, such as pastele stew, hamburger steak and smoked meat. And though its tasty flavors will remain, a lot is about to change for the eatery, as it welcomes new owner Alan Watanabe.

Watanabe, who also has been the owner of Sumo Drive-Inn & Catering for the past 13 years, is excited to bring more success to New-town Drive Inn. Aside from expanding on the restaurant’s popularity, he hopes to create a more stable clientele by pedaling bentos ($4-$8) around the community and spreading word about the restaurant’s changes, with help from the golf course.


With more to come, the only details Watanabe is letting out at this point is an exciting addition to Newtown’s menu. Char Siu Chicken Katsu ($8) may have been created by accident, but there’s no mistaking its delicious chicken marinated in char siu sauce, battered with panko and deep-fried. It’s served with brown gravy or katsu sauce, and Watanabe describes it as “something new with a twist.”

Newtown Drive Inn

98-330 Kaahele St., Aiea
Daily, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Aiea, HI 96701

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