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Ohana is Everything at Family-owned Sekiya’s

By Yu Shing Ting Photos By Nathalie Walker
July 7, 2013

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These days, it feels like everybody is on the go, rushing to school, work, home and everything in between.

That’s when okazuyas are a godsend. Their quick, easy, tasty, and the options are endless.

Known for its simple menu of local-style Japanese food, Sekiya’s Restaurant & Delicatessen in Kaimuki has been serving generations of customers the same original family recipes from when it opened 78 years ago.

The okazuya or Japanese delicatessen features a great selection of ready-made foods, including Sekiya’s signature Hash Tempura (95 cents each) made with corned beef hash, potatoes, onions and spices, and deep-fried with tempura batter to a crispy golden ball. There also is a variety of sushi, such as Inari Sushi or Cone Sushi ($1.35 each) and Norimaki (75 cents per slice), as well as traditional okazu favorites, including Char Siu ($2.25), Fried Noodles ($1.95), Gobo-kimpira ($3.70 small), Namasu ($1.35 small, $1.80 medium) and Shrimp Tempura ($1.75).

For those who prefer to dine-in but are limited on time, Sekiya’s offers a Saimin & Hamburger Deluxe combo ($10.30 small saimin, $12.30 large saimin) that is made-to-order and at your table in about five minutes. The saimin is served in a homemade shrimp-base broth and topped with char siu and green onion; the hamburger comes with lettuce, tomato, onions and a pickle. There also is a Wun Ton Min & Hamburger Deluxe combo ($11.50 small, $13.25 large) available.

Family-owned and operated, Sekiya’s general manager Joy Morihara notes that throughout the years the restaurant has become a gathering place for many of its regular customers who often will run into family, friends and neighbors there. Familiar food and familiar faces — just two of the ways that Sekiya’s has maintained its roots and keeps customers coming back for more.

Sekiya’s Restaurant & Delicatessen

2746 Kaimuki Ave.
732-1656
Sunday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
*Delicatessen (okazuya) opens from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Full course meals begin service at 9 a.m.