Hawaiian Take-out for 40-50 People?
A friend is having a Hawaii-themed party this Saturday, and the caterer she hired contacted her at the last minute to say that they can't do the food for her party (because of an illness).
Now the party is a few days away, and they need a Hawaiian restaurant that can do take-out for 30-40 people. They're willing to pick up the food, so they don't need a caterer, just a reliable (and tasty) restaurant that can handle that type of order.
The friend lives in San Francisco, so a city-based operation would be most convenient, but if need be they can travel outside the city to pick up the food.
In San Ramon (not convenient I know) is Kilohana which is quite good. I think they have a location in Emeryville as well. You might try a search. Good luck!
If you ARE going for lunch plate food, I would recommend Ono over L&L and Hawaiian Drive Inn. The cabbage they serve under the katsu is steamed, so it's meant to be eaten. The mac salad I had at Hawaiian Drive Inn the other day was watery and bland. Ono's mac salad has pieces of chicken in it. L&L used to be my fave until Ono came.
If I had to rank them:
3. Hawaiian Drive Inn - least expensive, but lacks...something
This late in the game, I think their main concerns are:
1. Reliability (a place that will have the food ready on time, to order)
2. Convenience (not having to drive out to San Jose on the day of their party)
I don't think they're concerned about authentic vs fused, so much.
I like the Hukilau on Masonic and have enjoyed some really good food there (truly delicious rice omelette); although service at times can be maddeningly slow. Hukilau catered food for our halau's ho'ike, and did a very nice job. Eva's Hawaiian Cafe on Clement Street is also quite good (I can't find a web address, but here's an earlier Chowhound reference - http://www.chowhound.com/topics/44613).
Don't know about the other guys, but L&L has half and full hotel pans of just about everything on the menu. Good to serve to a crowd.