Restaurants

Top Choice Japanese in Haʻiku

Nuka

One of Maui’s best dining options marries a traditional Japanese restaurant with a jazzy cafe, offering the classics, such as sushi and tempura, alongside exotic rolls and otsumami (tapas). From the menus to the dec…
Top Choice Sushi in Hilo

Takenoko Sushi

Reserve a spot at this superb eight-seat sushi bar a year in advance. For the long wait, you're treated to the upper echelon of Japanese cuisine, with top-quality fish (mostly flown fresh from Japan), a spotlessly c…
Top Choice Japanese in Hulopoʻe & Manele Bays

Nobu

The Four Seasons features a branch of the worldwide chain of vaunted high-end Japanese sushi restaurants that just happen to be favorites of Larry Ellison. Newly redesigned, the dining and bar area is on a broad, mi…
Top Choice Japanese in Hilo

Restaurant Kenichi

For delicious, untouristy dining, Kenichi has it all: Japanese comfort food, high-volume flavor, cheerful staff and a simple dining room crowded with locals. Favorites include steaming ramen bowls made with house da…
Top Choice Japanese in Waikiki

Marukame Udon

Everybody loves this Japanese noodle shop, which is so popular there is often a line stretching down the sidewalk. Watch those thick udon noodles get rolled, cut and boiled fresh right in front of you, then stack mi…
Top Choice Japanese in Wailua

Kintaro

Night after night for 33 years, this locals' favorite sushi bar has packed ‘em in thanks to thick slices of sashimi and creative rolls that are expertly prepared. The yellowtail sushi and sashimi are especially grea…
Top Choice Sushi in Wainiha

Sushigirl Kauai

A humble roadside stand that delivers generous and creative maki (hand) rolls, mixed poke bowls with ahi and ono drizzled with ponzu (Japanese citrus) sauce, and sushi burritos made with ahi, avocado, beans and orga…
Top Choice Japanese in Wailuku

Sam Sato’s

On busy days, Sam Sato's may use 350lb of noodles to keep the crowds sated. A Hawaii classic, this place packs them in with steaming bowls of noodles and delicious manju (Japanese cakes filled with sweet bean paste)…
Top Choice Sushi in Hawi & Around

Sushi Rock

This ever-popular sushi bar is famous all over the island for its fusion tropical rolls, which might include papaya, mac nuts, Fuji apple or goat cheese. Some work better than others, but we always leave satisfied. …
Top Choice Sushi in Waimea (Kamuela)

Aka Sushi Bar

Ignore the strip-mall setting: this is a gem for reasonably priced or takeout sushi, and a beloved local institution. Nigiri (oblong-shaped sushi) and rolls have a high fish-to-rice ratio, and everything is fresh. B…