Cozy up with comfort mealsInside Feature
April 14, 2019
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO
Over the past nine decades, Sekiya’s Restaurant & Delicatessen has catered to generations of local residents who have come to appreciate the cuisine first introduced by Taisuke and Katsuko Sekiya in 1935.
More than 80 years after opening the original restaurant on School Street, Sekiya’s Restaurant and Delicatessen still offers local favorites at its iconic home on Kaimuki Avenue just mauka of Kaimuki High School.
Under the direction of general manager Faye Hara and her team, that includes daughter and manager Deanna Hara, Sekiya’s continues to serve an eclectic menu featuring comfort food classics including everything from burgers and sandwiches to traditional Japanese noodle offerings coupled with side dishes that complete any meal throughout the day.
“A lot of people who dine with us relive their childhood tastes because we’ve carried on the family recipes,” says Trey Paresa, Deanna’s fiancee and a manager-chef at the restaurant. “I encourage guests to bring their kids and grandchildren so we can keep the memories going!”
“Our regular customers continue to ask us to run the restaurant and carry on its history,” adds Deanna, who represents the fourth generation to carry on the Sekiya’s legacy.
Sekiya’s also offers up an okazu menu with a la carte items available deli style — the perfect way to snack or create a unique plate lunch. Okazu items are served daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the counter situated at the front of the store. Sekiya’s okazu spread offers “a great mix and selection of takeout items all in one place” including items made from scratch at the peak of freshness.
Monday is “Senior Day” at Sekiya’s as diners age 65-and-older receive 10 percent off their dine-in check for themselves and those at the table. Sekiya’s also offers bentos and party platters for all sorts of events, from family celebrations to business functions.