Catering to Christmas, beyondCover Story
December 19, 2021
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO
As part of the largest chain in the retail convenience industry with over 77,000 stores worldwide, 7-Eleven Hawaii continues to please local customers with a vast array of food and beverage selections at 65 locations across Oahu, the Big Island, Kauai and Maui.
The first 7-Eleven in Hawaii opened in April 1978, and that store on 2nd Avenue is still in operation today. After 7-Eleven Japan purchased the Hawaii operation in 1989, the local stores shifted to a customer-driven focus, offering products that local clientele want, where they want to buy them.
“We are constantly evolving to elevate convenience for our customers,” says 7-Eleven Hawaii food innovation and development manager Debbie Lee Soon. “I think people who stop in can find themselves surprised at some of our offerings. There are small delights at each section of our store, whether it is a locally crafted SLURPEE flavor, master sommelier wines, or our Seven Premium snacks imported from Japan. We constantly look forward to being a top convenience destination for our local customers.”
7-Eleven Hawaii rolled out a collection of new catering menu items in November featuring some of its bestsellers, which serve between 10–12 people, as well as new Ohana Packs that serve four to six and can be enjoyed as pupus or a main dish.
Ohana Chef Salad ($16.99 Oahu; $18.99 neighbor islands) is built with mixed romaine and green leaf lettuce, grape tomatoes, cut boiled egg, diced cucumber, shredded ham, shredded turkey, shredded carrots, shredded cheddar Jack cheese and ranch dressing. Ohana Chili and Hot Dog ($18.99 Oahu; $20.99 neighbor islands) features chili-and-bean sauce, cut Hawaiian Winner hot dogs and shredded cheddar Jack cheese.
The brand-new Ohana Sausage Assortment ($15.99 Oahu; $16.99 neighbor islands) contains 24 little smokies sausages, eight arabiki sausages, ketchup and mustard. Customers rave about Ohana Deluxe Fried Rice with Fried Chicken ($17.99 Oahu; $19.99 neighbor islands), which is arranged with fried rice, fried chicken and green onions.
The longtime favorite Local Fried Saimin Platter ($23.99 Oahu; $26.99 neighbor islands) contains saimin noodles, carrots, cabbage, char siu pork, fish cake, egg, green onion and savory saimin sauce.
There are now more ways than ever for customers to conveniently order 7-Eleven Hawaii’s catering options, which are perfect for special occasions, sporting events, weekend potlucks or simple dinners at home.
Those visiting a store can find brochures near the front registers, and may place orders there or by phone by 8 a.m. one day prior to the pickup date. Orders may also be placed via 7elevenhawaii.com 48 hours in advance of the pickup date at any of the 65 locations.
“Our large platters are very popular, including our Local Fried Saimin Platter,” Lee Soon says. “Fried saimin is one of those potluck staples that seems to match anything. Our version has colorful toppings that customers can mix with a saimin sauce that allows guests to add their favorite level of flavor.
“Other top sellers include our sushi platters. The largest one is the Grand Sushi Platter that has 82 assorted pieces of sushi accompanied by pink ginger. We have high standards for the rice grain and a strict cooking process to ensure the rice quality is consistent. We are open
24/7 including holidays, so customers know they can always count on us.”