Tiki Pete's Island & Alaskan Dogs
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Tiki Pete's Island & Alaskan Dogs
Welcome to the official Tiki Pete’s page! We’re delighted to have you and super stoked to know that you’re interested in our origins. Though it’s a long and fun story, our hot dogs are prepared quickly and with lots of love! As easy as it is to summarize our story, it’s much better to stop by and hear it in person while devouring one of our mouth-watering dogs! Who knew a hot dog could be so refreshing during a warm day on the beautiful beaches of Maui? Brandi Harmon, that’s who. Family owned and operated, we strive for excellence, and always make sure that our customers feel like family too! Whether you’re in the mood for an all-beef frank, or an exotic Reindeer dog - we’ve got the perfect hot dog for you and your family! With fresh buns, relishes, and sauces made daily, we’re happy to support locally owned businesses and glad that you are too!
Growing up in rural Chugiak, Alaska, as a little girl, Brandi would listen as her father told stories of his retirement dream. Russ, known to the family as Pete (which is a much longer story), would come home from a hard day's work as a sheet metal worker, installing heat, in the frigid temperatures of Alaskan winters. He would sit at the table and tell his wife, Bonnie, and two daughters, Brandi and Stacy, that one day he would retire to the sunny beaches of Florida and sell hotdogs on the beach. The family bulldog, also named Petie (another long story) would get excited when Russ would start mentioning hotdogs. Russ would say "Pete, ol’ boy, you wanna go to Florida with me?". Petie would get excited and bark. Russ would say "Pete, you wanna lie in the sun and eat hotdogs all day?". Petie would jump and bark. He loved this game!
Petie grew old and died at 18. Russ grew old and finally retired. Instead of moving to Florida, he stayed in the frigid cold of Alaska. He was too old to buy, run, and deal with a hotdog cart. Brandi, now a mother of two college-aged kids, picked up her father's dream of owning a hotdog cart, but this time with a twist. She wanted one in Hawaii, on Maui especially. She spent many vacations on the islands and wanted to retire on Maui, eventually. Brandi would search for Hotdog carts, for her future plans, every now and then.
One day, on a cold Saturday in January, Brandi called her mom to see if she was warm enough. She was, and unbelievably, she was looking at hotdog carts. She was done with this cold weather and wanted to get out of Alaska for a bit. She was looking at new carts or to have one custom built. Brandi loved her mom's determination and decided to look for herself. On Craigslist, in Maui, sat a well-loved hotdog cart. The owner had to move back to the mainland and couldn't take her beloved hotdog cart. Brandi swept in, promised to love it, and give it a good home. Brandi, being in Alaska, turned to her good friend Chris, who happens to be an Executive Chef living in Maui, and asked him to help her run it. Chris loved the idea of a hotdog cart in Maui! With his training and skills; the team, consisting of Brandi, husband Marty, their kids, her parents, Chris and his girlfriend Savannah, decided to make this hotdog cart the best gourmet hotdog cart this side of the Mississippi River. Exotic meats from Alaska, provided by Brandi's husband, who owns a specialty meat company (www.AmericanPrideFoods.com), and the freshest ingredients from local Hawaiian sources provide for our amazing menu. Every sauce and relish is made, with love, right on the island. Our buns are made daily, for us, on the island. We support local business and appreciate that you do, too! So, that is the story of how Tiki Pete's got it's name. Come by and see Russ/ Pete and even ask about his dog. I'm sure he'll show pictures!
Monday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm & 10:00 pm - 3:00 am
Saturday: 10:00 pm - 3:00 am
Type of Meals Served:
$ 10 or less per meal