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January 15, 2017

A Mix Of Old, New Flavors

Building upon their parents’ legacy, Hiro Takei and sister Rie Takei Akita have found a way to keep Odori-Ko restaurant traditional yet contemporary for the next generation. Originally located in King’s Village in Waikiki for more than 40 years, the siblings reopened the restaurant at 1680 Kapiolani Blvd. (across from Hawaii Convention Center) in the…

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October 2, 2016

Variety is the spice of life at Odori-ko

There’s no better way to get over “Hump Day” than by taking advantage of Odori-ko’s $1 Beer Day Wednesdays. Customers are still learning about this recent special, according to vice president Rie Akita. “Our draft beers — Kirin and Budweiser — are $1, and some other selected bottles are $2-3,” she confirms. “This special goes…

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August 28, 2016 ,

Great Food In The Palm Of My Hand

Though we’re constantly surrounded by endless stretches of palm trees swaying in the breeze of our island home, we don’t usually associate them with our diets beyond the oh-so-classic coconut. But palm trees also give us fresh, healthy stocks of heart of palm, which often are found chopped up in refreshing summer salads. How do…

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July 31, 2016

Fun, Fare Come Together

Eye-catching, modern decor and tasty meals are what you can expect at Odori-ko since the Japanese restaurant moved from its former Waikiki location to its current spot on Kapiolani Boulevard. The eatery still serves a lot of its classic dishes, but has added some new favorites as well, such as Hamburger Steak. Odori-ko’s vibrant atmosphere…

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June 19, 2016

Family-friendly, senior specials heat up

Kids and seniors alike can take advantage of special discounts at modern Japanese restaurant Odoriko. According to president Hiro Takei, Kids Bentos are usually $9.95 (ages 10 years and under), but during Family Sundays, they’re available for $5. “In every bento, you get potato wedges, gyoza pot-stickers, arabiki sausage and a rice ball (onigiri),” he…

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May 15, 2016

Keeping a family tradition alive

When the restaurant that their parents had been running for 40 years had to move out of Waikiki for renovations in the area, brother and sister Hiro Takei and Rie Takei-Akita couldn’t bear to see it close for good. So the pair decided to take the restaurant, Odoriko, to a new location on Kapiolani Boulevard,…

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April 3, 2016 ,

An Ode To Chocolate – Peanut Butter Euphoria

Happy Sunday, Ono readers! It’s been too long since we’ve indulged in our dessert cravings and gotten our forks into some chocolate-covered, sugar-coated fun! What I ‘ve been really wanting to sing praises to lately is the most sinfully delicious food moment of all time: when chocolate met peanut butter. Both rich and luxurious in…

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March 7, 2016

Join in the fun, food at revamped eatery

Odori-ko, which first made its home in Waikiki nearly four decades ago, has established roots in traditional family-style Japanese dining. And after recently moving to its current location along Kapiolani Boulevard, the restaurant continues to offer the same attention to detail when preparing dishes, while also taking in the modernity of a new generation at…

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February 2, 2016

Great Fare, Entertainment

Chic, modern, cozy and fun are the first words that come to mind when describing Odori-ko. Owned by siblings Hiro Takei and Rie Akita, the family has roots in Hawaii’s restaurant business that extend all the way back to when their parents’ first restaurant opened in 1972. The siblings took over and opened Odori-ko at…

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December 29, 2015

Odori-ko Dances with Delicious Flavors

Oftentimes, you can tell a lot about a restaurant from its name, and that certainly is the case at Odori-ko. When expressed in English, the Japanese moniker translates to “a dancer,” and hints not only at the story behind the new Kapiolani Boulevard eatery, but also at the unique dining atmosphere it is creating for…

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