Why did we Call our Restaurant "Nalu Diner"?
When we were trying to think up a name for the diner, James remembered this great breakfast place in Honolulu, where he’d spent some time growing up in the ‘80s. It’s called “Eggs and Things”. At first we just wanted to copy the name from them, but then decided not to, because maybe people who don’t like eggs would be turned off, and because our place serves lunch and dinner, too. And because we don’t know if our customers in Berlin would get why we think that name is so great. Also, we thought it was kind of lame to steal another business’s name.
But that got us to thinking about Hawaii and the idea to give the diner a Hawaiian name. We soon found an online dictionary that translates English to Hawaiian and Hawaiian to English, and started playing around with some different names. “Nalu” was the first one that sounded right, and means “surf”, as in a wave that’s breaking. But we really just decided on the name because of how it sounds and because it’s easy to say in German, as well as in English or Hawaiian.
Once we’d settled on the name we stopped thinking about it altogether, and only later found out that it’s also the name of a fruity energizer drink produced by the Coca Cola corporation for the Belgian market.
— Oliver and James, owners