Sekiya’s Restaurant and Delicatessen: A staple in Hawaii for over 80 years

One of the few remaining old time Japanese-style local restaurants

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Sekiya’s Restaurant and Delicatessen has been in Hawaii for more than 80 years serving up local-style, Japanese comfort food. HI Now host Jobeth Devera is at the family-run restaurant just off Kaimuki Avenue to talk about its long history and most popular dishes.

In 1935, Sekiya’s started as “School Delicatessen” on School Street, opened by Taisuke and Katsuko Sekiya. They began by selling various okazu, or Japanese delicatessen foods, like shave ice and ice cream. Sekiya’s sold plate lunches during World War II at 10 cents a portion. By 1944, close to the end of the war, they were serving saimin and BBQ sticks.

Today, Sekiya’s still thrives as one of the few remaining old time local restaurants and serves a variety of Japanese dishes with a unique local taste. From 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., the restaurant offers an okazuya featuring a wide selection of delicatessen items, ranging from fried noddles, inari, maki sushi to fried chicken, shrimp tempura, shoyu hot dog, and even corned beef hash tempura and netsuke butterfish. You can also try its full menu all day until closing, or breakfast from 8 – 11 a.m. daily.

Its saimin and udon noodles are served with a homemade dashi soup, and the Beef Teriyaki and Nitsuke Butterfish are also popular menu items. For those who might be less adventurous when it comes to food, Sekiya’s also offers American favorites like hamburgers and fries.

But what’s for dessert? You can’t leave without trying the hot fudge sundae!

Looking for someone to cater your next get-together? Sekiya’s has party platter options available to order. The restaurant has a few preset party platters available, but there’s always the option of loading up with okazuya items as well! Just call 808-732-1656 to place your order.

Sekiya’s Restaurant and Delicatessen
2746 Kaimuki Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96816

For more information:, Instagram: @sekiyasrestaurant

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