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The Joy of Sake Honolulu

The Joy of Sake Honolulu

Friday, August 4, 2017, 6:30pm–9:00pm

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Friday, August 4, 2017


Early Access 5:30 pm–


Hawaiʻi Convention Center
(1801 Kalakaua Avenue)


$95 per person
($105 at the door)
$145 Early Access


The Joy of Sake celebrates Hawaiʻi’s hundred-year love affair with sake—from the early days of Japanese immigration and the founding of the Honolulu Sake Brewery up to the present. Today Honolulu hosts the annual U.S. National Sake Appraisal and has more sake-serving restaurants per capita than any other city in the country.

Joy of Sake Honolulu


Sake complements a wide variety of appetizers and entrees. The restaurants below distinguish themselves not only by their outstanding cuisine, but also by their appreciation of the luster that fine sakes can add to a meal. Restaurants that participated in Joy of Sake 2016 are listed below with the appetizers they served.

Bakery & Table

938 Piikoi Street
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: (808) 592-5555

Featured Dish: Crispy Miso-Braised Pork Belly with saikyo miso ginger sauce

Forty Carrots

1450 Ala Moana Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: (808) 664-7511

Featured Dish: Caviar Chip: Sake-marinated ikura, little neck clam dip, potato chip

Mahina & Sun’s

412 Lewers Street
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 923-8882

Featured Dish: ʻAhi Palaha (White Tuna) with 12-grain rice salad, limu salsa verde

Teppanyaki Ginza Onodera

1726 S.King Street
Honolulu, HI 96826
Phone: (808) 784-0567

Featured Dish: A5 Wagyu Beef Tataki

Banzai Sushi Bar

66-246 Kamehameha Highway
Haleiwa, HI 96712
Phone: (808) 637-4404

Featured Dish: Makajiki Carpaccio: Fresh Striped Marlin in an olive oil dressing of grated onion, banana peppers, capers

BLT Steak

223 Saratoga Road
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 683-7440

Featured Dish: Sake-Braised Molokai Ranch Short Ribs over Iliʻili Farm greens

Buho Cocina y Cantina

2250 Kalakaua Avenue Level 5
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 922-2846

Featured Dish: Peruvian Ceviche of fresh island fish and octopus on fried plantain chip; Mama’s Pastor Tacos: Marinated pork and cilantro in a hand-pressed corn tortilla


2820 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96826
Phone: (808) 946-4333

Featured Dish: Green Tea Pavlova with yuzu crème and sake-marinated seasonal fruit compote

Chez Kenzo

1451 S. King Street
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: (808) 941-2439

Featured Dish: Chilled Seafood Pasta with shrimp, ikura, tuna, tomatoes and fresh herbs


1009 Kapiolani Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: (808) 591-0101

Featured Dish: Sake-Steamed Kabocha with Miso-Marinated Pork

Gokujo Sushi

1020 Auahi Street
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: (808) 679-7951

Featured Dish: Freshly rolled Temaki Sushi filled with spicy ʻahi or crab and cucumber

Highway Inn

680 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 954-4955

Featured Dish: Hawaiian Wana (Sea Urchin) Moco with wana-oyster reduction sauce, quail egg, fried limu

The Kahala Hotel & Resort

5000 Kahala Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
Phone: (808) 739-8888

Featured Dish: Kiawe Smoked & Braised Beef Brisket with flatbread, Hawaiian Gold pineapple, cucumber mint & yogurt slaw; Kahala BBQ Spiced Popcorn


226 Lewers Street
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 924-1555

Featured Dish: Chilled Crab & Tomato Chawanmushi with yuzu-flavored gelee

Koko Head Cafe

1145c 12th Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
Phone: (808) 732-8920

Featured Dish: Kaiseki medley of chilled local organic summer vegetables with miso mustard egg sauce and puffed rice

Mission Social Hall & Cafe

553 S. King Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 447-3913

Featured Dish: Niʻihau Lamb Salpicon with carrot, salsa verde, queso; vegetarian option available upon request

Morimoto Waikiki

1775 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 943-5900

Featured Dish: Hamachi Tacos in gyoza skins with nuoc cham, sour cream, jalapeno

MW Restaurant

1538 Kapiolani Boulevard, Suite 107
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: (808) 955-6505

Featured Dish: Seafood Panna Cotta with shrimp, Hokkaido scallop, abalone, ponzu gelee

The Pig & The Lady

83 N. King Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
Phone: (808) 585-8255

Featured Dish: Grape & Ogo Poke with nori gel, smoked macadamia nuts, rice chip

Top of Waikiki

2270 Kalakaua Avenue, 18th Floor
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 923-3877

Featured Dish: Nigiri-inspired New Zealand King Salmon with ochazuke risotto

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