Kozo Is Keeping It Fresh

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February 15, 2016

Story By: Christina O Connor | Photos by: Lawrence Tabudlo

Spicy Don Super ($8.50)

Spicy Don Super ($8.50)

According to Kozo Sushi’s Keeaumoku branch manager Ginger Rehuher, the restaurant aims to create sushi that’s healthy in the way it’s supposed to be.

For that reason, she explains, Kozo doesn’t use MSG. In fact, the restaurant’s owner went to Japan to study techniques in maintaining the same level of taste without such additives.

“It’s healthy and fresh,” Rehuher says. “But it’s a convenient type of food because it’s made to go, and it’s made per order.”

Kozo Sushi has four locations on Oahu in addition to Keeaumoku: Moiliili, Kahala Mall, Pearlridge and Pearl City.

Poke Don ($7.80)

Poke Don ($7.80)


If you’re looking for a convenient yet tasty meal, check out Kozo’s sushi bowls, like the popular Poke Don ($7.80). It features cubed ahi atop sushi rice. The ahi is then mixed with poke sauce (made from sea salt and chili peppers), Kozo’s own spicy sauce, seaweed salad, sesame oil, Japanese cucumber, red snapper eggs (masago) and green onions.

For veteran sushi-bowl lovers, Kozo recently unveiled a new item, Spicy Don Super ($8.50), which basically is a larger version of its popular Spicy Don. In this case, bigger really is better, as you get an extra helping of everything: cubed ahi, spicy sauce, habanero masago and green onions, all over sushi rice.

“It’s boosted in volume with rice and fish,” explains Rehuher.

Kozo Sushi

638 Keeaumoku St., Honolulu
Monday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Honolulu, HI 96814

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