Raising Cane’s Is Building Their Kapolei Location

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers has let Kapolei know they’re coming.

The Kapolei location will be at the intersection of Kapolei Parkway and Ft. Barrette Rd. A building permit for the $1.7 million restaurant was filed in July. Construction equipment started arriving this week, and the company has put up a “coming soon” sign at the future site of the restaurant.

The Louisiana-based restaurant chain opened their first Hawaiʻi location in December 2018, at the intersection of University and King near UH-Mānoa. That location set a one-day sales record on opening day. They also opened Hawaiʻi Kai and Mililani locations in June 2020.

If you want to get a preview, you can stop by the Town Center of Mililani Raising Cane’s that opened on Sunday, June 14.

Well, you can try to stop by. On a Tuesday afternoon the week they opened, the line for the drive thru was so long, it looped past a nearby Taco Bell and around the parking lot. The line for pickup was out the door, 20 people deep. With a newborn in the car and an uncertain wait time, we decided to head back to Kapolei and satisfy our chicken craving at Jollibee.

The franchise is owned by California-based Panda Restaurant Group, which as you can probably guess also owns Panda Express. With an estimated $3.5 billion in annual revenue, Panda Restaurant Group is the 133rd largest privately-owned company in the US, according to Forbes magazine.

With construction just starting on the site, a 2020 opening seems unlikely, but look out for our own Raising Cane’s traffic jam in early 2021.