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Hokulea boasts spirit of Hawaii

Date Posted: 2004-02-05

Toshiharu Takahashi has always been in love with Hawaii and things Hawaiian. Although the life eventually took him to Okinawa from his native Osaka, it was no wonder that he jumped to the opportunity when a friend offered to sell him a Hawaiian style pub/restaurant Hokulea in Mihama.

The restaurant located on the second floor of a building across the parking lot of Makeman store had been in business for some time. When Takahashi took over in December, he revamped the menu, as he liked the interior and atmosphere of the place, including a surfboard on the wall. The only other change was the addition of a large flat-screen TV on the wall.

For lunch Hokulea Chef Tetsuji Komesu recommends a special lunch platter including a salad for Y780 that consists of three different dishes. The same platter with a drink is Y880. “This makes a good lunch as there is a variation of different tastes on one platter,” Komesu says.

Dinner menu offerings consist of three distinctive style dishes: Italian, Hawaiian and Okinawan. All dishes are served in small izakaya-style portions costing anywhere between Y400 and Y650 each. Both meat and fish dishes are available. Everything is well prepared, and spices are just right. Fish is guaranteed to be the freshest possible, as much of it is caught by owner Takahashi himself. Beer, awamori and mixed drinks are available. The first drink is on the house when the customer orders food.

Chef Tetsuji Komesu, who rules in the kitchen, says he can alter the spicing to each customer’s liking. He also said that he is more than happy to cook a special menu if customers request it in advance. “It is every cook’s dream to be creative and not only put together some standard stuff,” Komesu said.

Parking in Mihama is free. The telephone number to Hokulea is 926-4908.

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