Kapahulu on the east side of Waikiki has become a dining alternative with many small restaurants that give a much needed option to expensive Waikiki franchises. For many years this was a hidden treasure for Japanese tourists in the know.. and now has been discovered by local Japanese-Americans as well as those who want Izakaya style Japanese dining. The space is small and cozy and always full. You need a reservation because there is not a lot of turnover. There were families but this is really not a place for kids - if you have 3 kids and one in a stroller... go to Genki Sushi across the street that is cheap and the kids can be entertained by sushi on parade and you wont bother adults who don't want to listen to other peoples kids.
There is a small sushi bar, community table and a table in the corner on the floor. A TV with sports for the guys. The service is like at a family run restaurant in Japan and just fine for regulars who are the core customers. The toilet is clean. There is a good selection of sake and shochu, wine, Asahi draft all around $5. Yakitori, tofu, croquettes, sashimi, sushi, bowls of udon, entrees of fish and steak and no one rushing you out of your seat. The kind of place you dont really want to tell anyone about if you like your privacy, Izakaya style dining and drinks.
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