Ocean Bites

A La Carte Columns

October 11, 2015

Story By: Caitlin Basilio | Photos by: Lawrence Tabudlo

Dynamite Maki ($7.99)

Dynamite Maki ($7.99)

Known for its fast service, takeout sushi and bento options, Kozo Sushi first opened in 1972 in Osaka, Japan. The eatery then expanded to Hawaii, where it has continued to offer great quality service and a blend of delicious flavors. Today, the sushi haven has five locations on Oahu: on Keeaumoku Street, and in Moiliili, Kahala Mall, Pearlridge and Pearl City. No matter which venue you decide to visit, customers are guaranteed fresh ingredients, quality fare and top-notch customer service.

The island favorite business offers an immense menu, which includes nigiri, specials, party platters and makimono. All dishes are made with rice (brown rice also offered) that’s cooked using Kozo’s special vinegar.


One of Kozo Sushi customers’ go-to dishes is Dynamite Maki ($7.99). This maki sushi is the perfect choice for spicy food lovers. Made with ahi and shrimp tempura, this meal is mixed with green onion, Japanese barbecue chips, lettuce and sesame seeds. The eight pieces of sushi are then covered with masago (roe), mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce and wasabi for an extra kick. “Customers really love the wasabi aroma,” says Kozo Sushi-Pearlridge employee Chris Aguilar. “The wasabi and mayo together offer a different flavor.”

Kozo Sushi

Pearlridge Shopping Center, Phase II, Mall Level
98-1005 Moanalua Road, Aiea
Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Aiea, HI 96701

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