What started more then 20 years ago as a small family operation producing and selling dried fish under the name Sun Dried Specialties - has grown into a culinary masterpiece of local cuisine. The loyal customers include not just people from Hawaiʻi, but all over - returning time and time again.
It was a simple beginning back in 2000.
The idea for Sun Dried Specialties was born in the early morning hours as Executive Chef Bryan sat on his boat rocking quietly with the gentle motion of the waves as he fished through the night. He realized the dried fish he’d grown up eating was disappearing. He, his wife Rebecca and their two daughters began drying the fish that Bryan caught. They stayed true to the old way of drying. Using only fresh fish, Hawaiian salt, and the beautiful Hawaiian sun. The Sun Dried Specialties logo of a sunbathing Ahi quickly became recognizable for the best dried Ahi, Aku, and Opelu in the state and on to the Mainland.
Fast forward a dozen years to the birth of the Fishbowl. Bryan’s brainchild for his desire to serve great food in an atmosphere that would allow visitors and locals alike to meet and get to know one another. What started as a small poke shop had its first expansion after only three months and has continued to grow ever since. Though the original showcase still carries more than a dozen different kinds of poke made fresh each day, there’s now a second showcase for the desserts. Though daughter Alexis is now on the Mainland making her mark as a Pastry Chef, Chef Bryan has continued what she started - baking desserts fresh every morning. People in Kealakekua know, if you don’t get there early then youʻre taking your chances and you may miss out on goodies such as Salted Caramel Banana Crème Pie, Lilikoi Cheesecake, or his Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie. But it’s the food coming off the grill out back that you won’t be able to forget. His customers like to say it’s five-star food out of a cardboard box. The best fish burgers on the island and his lobster crab cakes are out of this world. Daily specials range from smoked prime rib to lobster mac and cheese. You never know what might be on the menu but you can count on never walking away hungry and having a food experience you’ll want to keep coming back for.
And here we are kicking off a new year with a new venture.
Chef Bryan isn’t changing any of the great things that people have come to love. What he is doing is opening the door of possibilities. He will continue supporting the community and schools whether it’s at his restaurant, hosting them in his parking lot where many of Hawaii’s local entertainers give of their time and stop by to play at these events.
Now, with the launch of KONA GRILL HOUSE CATERING, you create a menu of all your favorites for weddings, birthday parties, corporate events and private dinners.
Whether it’s off his menu or your own special request - Chef Bryan is creating amazing food that is served at spectacular venues. He’s cooked for events from Austin to Portland and is famous for telling people, if you supply the grill - he will take care of the rest!
Chef Bryan is excited to introduce the new KONA GRILL HOUSE CATERING and invites you to let him prepare a special piece of his Hawaiʻi, just for you!