Chick-fil-A lands in Oahu

Haley Meyer, Associate Editor

After the many years of waiting and the many delays, Oahu welcomed its first Chick-fil-A restaurant  in the Ala Moana Shopping Makai Market Food Court October 20. While nearly 800 people applied for a job opening, only 90 were accepted. Some of the 90 people that were accepted were students of Moanalua High School. 

The application process was easy according to senior Skylar Parks. There was an interview scheduled and some generic questions were asked, but after that the job was given to Parks and another Senior Makenna Asbury on the spot. 

Both Parks and Asbury agree that the worst part by far about working at Chick-fil-A is the crowds. Because the Atlanta-based chain, which has more than 2,400 locations around the country, is a relatively new dining experience for most people living in Hawaii, the lines were very long when it first opened. 

Ala Moana Chick-fil-A line on opening day (Ruben Chavez)

“They’re [the lines] definitely a lot shorter during the week than they are on the weekends,” Parks said. “But overall I’d say there’s still a 20-30 minute total wait time from  the beginning of the line to getting your food, which is super quick considering how small our store is.”

To speed up the process, workers organize the crowd into different ordering and pick-up lines and get out on the floor to help with ordering.

Though Chick-fil-A serves the usual fried and grilled chicken sandwiches, they are famous for their waffle fries, sweet iced tea and the milkshakes with the shipped cream and  maraschino cherry on top

If you are in need of a recommendation, Asbury says that the Market Salad is the best thing on the menu. The chicken, fruit, and the balsamic vinegar dressing all go together really nicely and make a great meal. Parks on the other hand, enjoys the brownies and the macaroni and cheese. 

“I love all mac and cheese so obviously I’d be a fan, but the Chick-fil-A mac tastes like it’s homemade.” Parks said.