On previous trips to Sekiya’s with my mom, she would mention that it was a popular place to eat at when she was in high school at Sacred Hearts. Generations of families, like mine, have enjoyed Sekiya’s food through the years.
The current Sekiya’s Kapahulu location has actually been in existence since 1955, and the business itself has roots that date back to 1935 on School St. It has been owned by the same family for all these years.
As you enter, you immediately see the okazu counter stocked with musubis, sushi, noodles, tempura, and a variety of meats and sides. Many people come to make a plate to go.
You can also choose to sit down in the restaurant and order from the menu. Sekiya’s may be the first and one of only a few restaurants where I’ve acutally eaten their ahi nitsuke. There is something about that sweet sauce that makes the fish delicious and is so good with a side of white rice.
My lunch date had the wun ton min and hamburger combination. He added the teri beef stick, which he picked as his favorite item. He raved about the teri sauce. He also ordered a green river soda, the local drink of choice.
Restaurants like Sekiya’s are becoming rare. They are the businesses in Hawaii that have been enjoyed for generations. They are family owned and consistently serve up food that caters to local people. If you have a hankering for delicious local style Japanese food, definitely check out Sekiya’s.
- Sekiya’s Restaurant and Delicatessen: 2746 Kaimuki Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816
- huge parking lot
- Feels: casual with good, friendly service.
- Dine in or pick up okazu
- Reservations not accepted
- open: Sun-Thur 8am-10pm; Fri-Sat 8am-11pm