Okinawan Owned Restaurants

21 October 2013

Maybe some of you MLCers can shed some light on this, but lately I’ve noticed that a lot of the old restaurants around town where owned and run by Okinawan families.  Me, being half Uchinanchu (Okinawan), I take pride in the fact that my ancestors were great cooks.  So how come I don’t know how cook?  (Let’s not go there…).  So anyway, I found this list of restaurants that were run and owned by Uchinanchu.  See if you recognize any of them.

 

KC Car Hop

 

Aiea Grill – Aiea-Moanalua Rd. – Jane K. Nakasone
Aloha Hotdog Stand – 140 N. Hotel St. – Matsudo Nakasone Ishikawa
Arthur’s Flamingo Dowtown and Coffeeshop – Davies Pacific Center
Bea’s Drive In – 2840 Kapi‘olani Blvd, near Kaimuki H. S. – Bea Miyashiro/ Shimabukuro
Café 100 – 969 Kilauea Ave., Hilo – Richard & Evelyn Miyashiro
Café Bon Bon ?? – 907 Alakea St.
Café Flamingo – 574 Ala Moana Blvd. – Steven Nagamine
Café Skylark – S. Tengan
Central Café – S. Yara
Central YMCA Cafeteria – James Nako
College Walk Inn – Corner College Walk & Kukui St. – Taro & Kamechiya Shiroma
Crow’s Nest – 2244 Kalakaua Ave. – Kenny Kaneshiro
Dains Inn – Y. Nakasone
Denver Grill – Makishi
Denver Grill – K. Makishi
Donald Duck Drive Inn – Kapi‘olani Blvd. Across Kaimui H.S. – Y. Nako
Eagle Café (A) – Chaplain Lane/Blaisdell Hotel – George & Teruko Teruya
Eagle Café (B) – Nu‘uanu at Pauahi, Mauka/Kokohead corner – George & Teruko Teruya
Evelyn’s Lunch Service – Yasuo Gusgi
Evelyn’s Lunch Service #1 – 2856 Ualena St. – Yasuo Gushi
Evelyn’s Lunch Service #2 – 1020 Auahi St. – Yasuo Gushi
Evergreen Café – Kapi‘olani Bl. – Harry Uyehara
Flamingo Chuckwagon – 1015 Kapi‘olani Blvd. – Steven Nagamine
Flamingo Kapiolani – 871 Kapi‘olani Blvd. – Steven Nagamine
Flamingo Pearl City – 803 Kamehameha Hwy. – Steven Nagamine
Flamingo Royal Lanai – 2254 Kalakaua Ave. – Steven Nagamine
Flamingo Windward – 45-480 Kane‘ohe – Dr. Steven Nagamine
Garden Island Grill – A. Sadoyama
Green Garden Restaurant – Hanapepe, Kaua‘i – Gwen Hamabata
Gushi’s Lunch Wagon – 1604 Democrat St. – Yasuo Gushi
Hale Nanea Café – Old Wai‘alae Rd. & Kapi‘olani? – J. Terukina
Izakaya Hatsune (formerly Restaurant Kariyushi) – Young St. – Steve Yamada
Hide-Chan – 2471 S. King St. – Chizuko Tamayose
Highway Inn (A) – 94-364 Depot Road, Waipahu – Seiichi Toguchi
Highway Inn (B) – 94-226 Leoku St. – Bobby K. Toguchi
Honolulu Café – Beretania @ Fort Sts., makai-ewa corner – George Higa
Islander Coffee House – 247 Lewers St./Reef Towers Hotel – Kenny Kaneshiro
Jack’s Burger – Seiko Miyasato
Jane’s Fountain (A) – 1719 Liliha St. – Jane Maturo/Tsuruko Nakasone
Jane’s Fountain (B) – 1719 Liliha St. – James Nakasone
K C Drive Inn (A) – Kalakaua @ Ala Wai Blvd. – Jiro & Agnes Asato
K C Drive Inn (B) – 1029 Kapahulu Ave. – Jiro & Agnes Asato
Kamehameha Grill – 1028 Kekaulike St. – Ted G. Tamashiro & Yoshikiyo Sadoyama
Kapiolani Coffee Shop – 1520 N. School St./Kam Bowl – Gary Mijo
Kapiolani Coffee Shop – Waimalu Shopping Center – Gary Mijo
Kapiolani Grill – Kapi‘olani Blvd.
KC Coffee Shop – 2734 So. King St., Mo‘ili‘ili – Agnes Asato/Family
KC Manoa Family Restaurant – Manoa Marketplace
KC Snack Shop – Honolulu Holiday Mart
Kenny’s – Lihu‘e, Kaua‘i – Kenneth Arashiro
Kenny’s Concesssion – Wailua Golf Course Wailua, Kaua‘i – Kenneth Arashiro
Kewalo Inn – Ward Ave. & Ala Moana Blvd. – Harry Seigi Uehara
King’s Bakery & Coffee Shop – 1936 S. King St. – Robert Taira
Kuhio Café – R. Matsumura
Kuhio Grill – 2646 S. King St. – Miyashiro
Larry’s Restaurant – Pa‘ia, Maui – Myrna Chiyoko Miyahira
Liberty Café – N. Yasutomi
Like Like Drive Inn Restaurant – 735 Ke‘eaumoku St. – Alice  Nako
Liliha Café – Marian Arakaki’s dad
Liliha Café – Mrs. N. Shimabuku
Lilly Café – T. Yafuso
Makaha Drive Inn – Stanley Oshiro
Makalena Golf Course – Waipio – Kenny Kaneshiro
Manoa Grill – 2851 East Manoa Rd. – Dora Mitsue & Takeo Tengan
Masa’s Cafeteria – 910 Mapunapuna St. – Masa Uejo
Miller Lunch Room – Z. Miyashiro
Mollie’s Café (A) – 119 N. King St. – Shinei & Tsuruko Shimabukuro
Mollie’s Café (B) – 119 N. King St. – Ted G. Tamashiro & Yoshikiyo Sadoyama
Myogaya (A) – 1237-39 Nu‘uanu Ave. – Yonega Arashiro
Myogaya (B) – Kalakaua Ave. – Yonega Arashiro
Naomi’s – Kilauea Ave. – Charles F. Higa
New Eagle Café – 1130 N. Nimitz Hwy. – John Teruya
New Emma Café – James Nako/Seian Hokama
New Uptown Fountain – 523 N. School St. – Higa
Olympia Café – Kapa‘a, Kaua‘i
Palace Inn – Masaichi Tamashiro
Palama Saimin
Pawaa Grill – 1512 S. King St. – Teiko China
People’s Café – Pali Hwy., next to Long’s drwy. – Nakasone
Rainbow Drive-In – 3308 Kana‘ina Ave.  – Gusukuma?
Rainbow Fountain – A‘ala/King St. – Yoshuitsu Shimabukuro
Restaurant Kuni – Waipahu – Kuniomi Uehara
River Side Café – K. Shikiya
Saint Louis Drive Inn – 3145 Wai‘alae Ave. – Yutaka Nakada
Sei’s Restaurant – 2734 S. King St., Mo‘ili‘ili – Seiichi & Norma Tamashiro
Service Café – T. Matusmura
Skippy’s Inn – Kikue Kaneshiro & Tokusei Kaneshiro
Star Chop Sui – S Kishaba
Sue’s Place – Masaichi Tamashiro
Sun Rise Café – K. Ikehara
Sunrise Restaurant – 525 Kapahulu Ave. – Katsu Tamayose
Sweet Café
The Buccaneer Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge – 2164 Kalia Rd. – Kenny Kaneshiro
The Jolly Roger – 2224 Kalakaua Ave. – Kenny Kaneshiro
The Jolly Roger Drive-Inn #1 – 1555 Dillingham Blvd. – Kenny Kaneshiro
The Jolly Roger Drive-Inn #2 – 4134 Wai‘alae Ave. – Kenny Kaneshiro
The Rigger – 2335 Kalakaua Ave. – Kenny Kaneshiro
Times Grill – B. Higa
Tokiwa – 1339 Nu‘uanu Ave. – Haruko Higa
Tom’s Grill – K. Miyashiro
Union Café – Z. Miyashiro
Uptown Café – Beretania & Bethel – Zentaro Miyashiro
Uptown Café & Fountain – 522 N. School St. – Zenan Miyashiro
Victoria Inn – 1120 12th Ave. – Ted G. Tamashiro & Yoshikiyo Sadoyama
Victory Grill – N. Oshiro
Violet’s Grill – 1210 Dillingham Blvd., Kapalama Shop. Ctr. – Y. Sadoyama/G. Tamashiro/T Tengan
Waikiki Diner
Wailua Marina Restaurant (concession) – Wailua, Kaua‘i – Yonezo Arashiro
Wikiwiki Coffee House – Ala Moana Shopping Center – Kay Hokama
Wisteria – 1206 S. King St. – Jiro & Agnes Asato
Wisteria II – Windward Shopping Center, Kane‘ohe – Agnes Asato/Family
Zippy’s (Multi-branch) – Charlie & Francis Higa

 

That’s quite a list, eh?  Which of these Okinawan owned restaurants have you been to?  I’ll admit that I don’t recognize almost half of them – but I’m sure my father-in-law will remember.  Try running this list by the nisei folks.  It should bring back memories…

 

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