Genki’s Sushi Glory

Digest Lite Bites

March 24, 2012

Story By: Dining Out Team |

With more than 50 different types of sushi on its menu, Genki Sushi is sure to please any sushi craving.

And with its trademark kaiten-style, or revolving belt of sushi plates going around the restaurant, it’s always a hit with customers of all ages.

  • Vegetarian Roll ($2.20)
  • Kabocha Tempura ($2.20)
  • Spicy Tuna Gunkan ($2.20)
  • Onion Salmon ($2.80)
  • Velma Fleming, Jodee Spencer and Lydia Kwok with handfuls of Genki favorites.
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Since opening its first Hawaii location in Kapahulu almost 20 years ago, Genki Sushi has since grown to nine locations on Oahu, two on Maui, one in Kona, one on Kauai, four in Washington and most recently one in California (Santa Ana).

Genki’s most popular sushi is Spicy Tuna Gunkan ($2.20) featuring chopped tuna with a special spicy sauce over nori-wrapped rice and topped with green onions.

“Our spicy sauce was made specially for Genki Sushi,” says David Moon, director of purchasing. “It’s a mayonnaise, sesame seed oil base, and the taste is tailored to the local market. For me, it’s on the medium side. And the name gunkan means battleship because it’s supposed to look like a battleship.”

The unagi sauce, which has a sweet, teriyaki flavor, also was made exclusively for Genki Sushi and is used not just for the Unagi Roll but on several other dishes as well.

Other must-try items include Kabocha Tempura ($2.20); Stuffed Mushroom ($4.80), which is baked with a crab mixture and topped with a garlic mayonnaise sauce; Vegetarian Roll ($2.20) with carrots, cucumber, lettuce, oshinko and kanpyo in a reversed sushi roll and sprinkled with sesame seeds; and Onion Salmon ($2.80).

In addition to sushi, the restaurant offers a variety of items such as Agedashi Tofu, Gyoza, Miso Soup, Chawan Mushi, Somen Salad and a lot more. If you don’t see what you want on the revolving belt, you can always order straight from the menu.

Open for lunch and dinner, and everything in between, Genki Sushi also offers special takeout sets and sushi platters. The eatery also is updating its menu and plans to have the new menu released by this summer.

Genki Sushi

  • Where
    • 94-299 Lumiaina Place
    • Waipahu, HI 96797
    • (and various locations)
  • Call
    • (808) 678-3180 (Waikele)
    • (808) 735-7700 (Kapahulu)
    • (808) 485-0227 (Waiau)
    • (808) 247-9595 (Kaneohe)
    • (808) 942-9102 (Ala Moana)
    • (808) 683-1003 (Eva Town Center)
    • (808) 591-5600 (Ward Center)
    • (808) 373-4033 (Aina Haina)
    • (808) 674-4227 (Kapolei)
  • Hours
    • Sunday – Thursday
    • 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    • Friday – Saturday
    • 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
    • Some location hours vary, call for details.
  • Website