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Gearing up for ‘Festival of Girls’

A La Carte

March 1, 2020

Story By: Kyle Galdeira |

Sushi chef Hiroshi Tsuji with the Setsubun Sushi ($9.75 per piece). FILE PHOTOS

With the spring season in bloom, Rinka Japanese Restaurant — which is named after a flower in Japanese — continues to develop fresh, new dishes and bold flavors.

The restaurant is offering a special “Chirashi-Zushi” to-go box that will be available this week, March 2-7, in honor of Hinamatsuri, the Festival of Girls. This celebration happens annually on March 3 to hope and pray for the health and happiness of girls around the globe. For more details about this special offer, including photos and pricing, follow Rinka on Instagram @rinka_restaurant.

(From left) Hisao Tsuzuranuki, Teri Morimoto, Hiro Tsuji, Masahiro Kawanishi, Kazufumi Sonodo and Koreeda Shintaro.

Rinka opened its doors last year on the Aeo tower’s ground level within the bustling Ward Village after relocating from its original location near Ala Moana. Rinka offers an assortment of authentic Japanese cuisine including sushi, tempura, soba and sashimi that are prepared fresh by the talented heart-of-the-house team.

The spacious locale was constructed with an open concept that includes a sushi bar and a sleek interior complete with warm tones and a high ceiling accented by modern lighting elements. Rinka has a private dining room, which includes beautiful wood accents and is ideal for large parties, family gatherings or special events. The restaurant also features a full bar at which guests can enjoy their favorite food and spirits, and ample parking is available in the lot above the restaurant as well as throughout the Ward Village complex.

Rinka interior

“We take pride in providing great value, taste and quality,” says general manager Aki Nakajima. “We’re constantly changing our specials so guests can look forward to something new and delicious with each visit.”

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