By Nadine Kam
Fatboy’s Ali’i Fried Rice is a take on the Loco Moco, featuring fried rice topped with homemade corned beef hash, hamburger patty and eggs. How much would you pay for this baby? Well, for two days, you can set your own price.
Fatboy’s restaurants islandwide are erasing all prices from their menus March 26 and 31, and are letting customers set their own prices on the two days. Stores are located in Kailua, Kalihi, Keeaumoku, Waipahu and at Pali Golf Course.
The “No Prices for Hawaii’s Keiki” promotion is a fundraiser for the Kapi‘olani Health Foundation in support of its Campaign for Hawai‘i’s Children, to rebuild Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children. All proceeds over cost will be matched by Fatboy’s and donated directly to the foundation.
The promotion is the brainchild of Fatboy’s owner Carroll Ung and his wife Rariyo, whose daughter Leah was born at Kapi‘olani. Shortly after her birth, a blood test showed that Leah’s platelet count was critically low at only 10,000 (normal is 150,000).
Leah is now a thriving 2 year old and her first few weeks are a distant memory, but the care the family received at Kapi‘olani inspired Ung to create the “No Prices” fundraiser.
Carroll and his father founded the first Fatboy’s—Caroll's childhood nickname—in Kalihi in 1999 with a goal to serve a higher-end plate lunch with fresh local ingredients and gourmet sauces. They have since expanded to five restaurants on Oahu.