Kailua restaurant featured on "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives!"
Sponsored by Uahi Island Grill
Uahi Island Grill has been serving up delicious food in Kailua since 2007, but you may have also seen it on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives!” HI Now host Jobeth Devera is back at Uahi Island Grill with owner and head chef Nick Yamada to get a taste of some of the restaurant’s most popular dishes.
At Uahi Island Grill, you’ll find signature dishes like Red Curry Fish, Seared Ahi, Korean Steak Salad, its Tamarind Burger, Furikake Calamari, and the Kalua Pork with Kale. All of the restaurant’s sauces, marinades, and dressings are made in house. In addition to being head chef, Yamada is also a baker and makes all the restaurants cakes and pies from scratch.
The restaurant is committed to protecting the environment and since opening its doors, has never utilized single-use Styrofoam or plastic. All its take out boxes, bags, cups, lids, straws, and utensils are made from bio-compostable materials.
Catering a party? Uahi Island Grill also offers several different catering options. Whether you’re just looking to pick up food at the restaurant or a buffet set up, the restaurant is happy to accommodate.
Uahi Island Grill is open Monday- Friday from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m and on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. You can also try out its brunch menu during the weekend from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
About Nick Yamada:
Nick “Bear” Yamada is a Kailua local and graduated from the Culinary Arts Program at Kapiolani Community College. At age 18, he began working in restaurants as a dishwasher and worked his way up to head chef. At age 28, he saved up enough money to open his own restaurant, Uahi Island Grill. It began as a small restaurant with only three tables on Oneawa Street in Kailua. When that space became too small, he moved locations to a larger space on Hekili Street in Kailua. In 2016, Uahi Island Grill was opened in its current location.