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COURTESY DUNKIN DONUTS

Dunkin’ Donuts is returning to Hawaii.

Aloha Petroleum Ltd. will open 15 new Dunkin’ Donuts locations on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii island, with the first spot to open in 2017.

“This new business venture will complement our existing retail offerings throughout the islands and help us diversify our portfolio,” said Aloha Petroleum President and CEO Richard Parry, in a statement.

“We are thrilled that Aloha Petroleum will be developing the brand throughout the Hawaiian Islands,” said Grant Benson, vice president of global franchising and business development, Dunkin’ Brands.

The national chain previously had done business in Hawaii through a franchisee that shuttered its locations years ago.

In the fall, Dunkin’ Brands announced plans to close 100 stores, while it proceeded with plans to open other new locations. Dunkin’ Brands is also the parent company of Baskin-Robbins ice cream shops.

54 responses to “Dunkin’ Donuts returning to Hawaii”

  1. HAJAA1 says:

    Wow Sports Authority goes down, and Dunkin’ Donuts returns. I’d rather have the former. The latter doesn’t do anything for us – everyone knows that donuts are unhealthy. They’ll fail here again.

  2. Morimoto says:

    YEEESSSSSS!!! I’ve been waiting for this moment since the one in Pearl City closed. Yeah I know it’s unhealthy but I love those munchkins.

  3. kkelli4u says:

    In moderation, Aloha and Welcome back Dunkin’ Donuts.

    • awahana says:

      Come to think of it, what happened to the other donut guys from maui, who were on the side of the road on Oahu, trying to sell their round, hole in the center, carbo, fried diabetes causing pastry, that had no store on Oahu? What wuz their name? I heard they have not been on oahu for years now.

  4. akkman says:

    Wow! Just what Hawaii needs… more junk food to fuel obesity and diabetes. Unfortunately, they see a “growing” market here for their business and if they proliferate here with various locations throughout the islands, our Kama’aina will be “growing girth-wise” with them.

    • primo1 says:

      Obesity and diabetes have been a problem here in Hawaii for a while now, and have a lot more to do with “two scoops rice and mac salad” than anything else. Maybe our Kama’aina just need to exercise a little moderation.

    • localguy says:

      Problem is way too many people willfully fail to take care of themselves so do not blame the companies or you would have to go after every food serving business.

      Everything in moderation is the key.

    • FunnyYams says:

      Consumers can choose to consume what they want in whatever quantity they want. Businesses don’t care one way or another.

  5. HawaiiCheeseBall says:

    Like everything else moderation is the key. Personally I do enjoy going to Dunkin when on the mainland, reading the local newspaper, a cup of hot coffee in hand, munching on a glazed donut. Can I di that here? Of course but chilling in a Dunkin shop is just relaxing to me. Hope the new enterprise works out.

  6. Snator says:

    At least they’re coffee is better Starbucks.

  7. Hawaiiobserver says:

    AWWRIGHT!! My fave Dunkin Donut spot was at Ala Moana, next to McDonalds, overlooking the inside of Foodland. This was on the Farrells’ side near Patti’s Chinese Kitchen.

  8. Boots says:

    Why buy a donut when one can get a hot malasada?

  9. b_ryan says:

    If only Krispy Kreme opened a location on Oahu.

  10. rytsuru says:

    What weird comments…looks like another crazy week of enraged, stressed, but physically healthy rock people running around…

  11. justmyview371 says:

    Maybe JC Penny, KMart, and all the other businesses we are chasing out or have chased out will stay. Yes, land prices keep going up because condo developers want to continue developing high-priced, high-rise condos. The City encourages them, waiving rules and requirements left and right.

  12. wrightj says:

    They heard the marijuana dispensaries are opening soon; chocolate donuts.

  13. bleedgreen says:

    They coming back? I didn’t realize Dunkin’ Donuts had closed its business in Hawaii.

  14. den says:

    never went to Dunkin’ Donuts so I didn’t know they left.

  15. Wazdat says:

    Oil and coffee what a great combo, NOT.

  16. fiveo says:

    I used to frequent Dunking Donuts in Kapahulu before they went down which at the time was a shock to me. The store was clean and the coffee was great.
    To me I liked it better than going to a StarBucks which I thought was overpriced and too trendy for my liking.

  17. bigisle1 says:

    Hooray! Fat City, here I come!

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