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Daniel Dae Kim Jumps Into Restaurant Biz

February 8th, 2009 by Ryan Ozawa · 5 Comments · Business, Food, Hawaii, Lost, People, Pop Culture, Television

Daniel Dae Kim (ABC)A brief item in this morning’s Star-Bulletin from John Heckathorn:

Restaurateur DK Kodama and “Lost” actor Daniel Dae Kim are opening a restaurant together, a casual, build-your-own-burger franchise called The Counter. Next to Whole Foods at Kahala Mall, next month. How’d they get together? DK’s daughter and DDK’s son are in the same class at Hanahauoli.

While some of his “LOST” costars have had less than stellar relationships with Hawaii, Kim has long professed his love for the islands, and has immersed himself in the community. He’s even said he’s considering staying in Hawaii after “LOST” ends its television run in 2010. He told People Magazine:

“When we first got here it was like paradise camp. More than any of the other cast we’re giving serious consideration to staying here, at least through high school. It’s really great for family.”

Having met him personally and benefited greatly from his innate aloha spirit, I can attest that this would also be a fantastic thing for Hawaii.

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5 Comments so far ↓

  • Maleko

    I’m excited for him. Daniel is honestly a good man, with a kind heart. I wish him and his family well. Can’t wait to try the restaurant!


    WOW! That’s so cool! and yeah i’ve noticed that he loves the islands lol. he’s all over sometimes LOL

  • kanahina

    ooh, I love Burger joints and DDK so I’ll definitely make the drive all the way over there from Ewa Beach! Did you know he also filmed a promo for Kamehameha Schools? I saw it on YouTube.

    lol – DDK and DKK! : )

  • ScoobySnacks

    sweet! i’m due for a visit back home (honolulu) in less than two weeks. maybe i go check it out :D
    wait… whens the grand opening?

  • MamaKahana

    Great! Another burger joint. AND I have to make it myself.

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