Okinawan food and restaurant project


The Hawaii Okinawan Restaurant Project has documented over three hundred restaurants in Hawai‘i owned by Okinawans. This remarkable story is told in an exhibit on display at Honolulu Hale (530 S. King Street) from Jan. 19 to Feb. 8. Sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts, the event is free and open to the public. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • The Oroku Restaurant Exhibit: learn the story of Ushi Takara of American Cafe and the 74 restaurants owned by Hawai‘i Okinawans from Oroku village in Okinawa.
  • Take a photo sitting at Columbia Inn’s iconic roundtable and stools: Gene Kaneshiro has brought one of the original tables and stools for people to take photos at.
  • Closing reception: Thursday, February 8, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Honolulu Hale.

Related events:

  • Hawai‘i by Food Exhibit at Kapi‘olani Community College–part of Smithsonian Museum’s Key Ingredients tour–allows you to learn more about the islands’ unique history.

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