The Joy of Sake Logotype


Friday, August 9, 2019


Early Access 5:30 pm–9:00pm


Hawaiʻi Convention Center


$105 per person
$155 Early Access

The admission fee includes unlimited sake samplings and sake appetizers from 22 participating restaurants.

To see the list of sakes available for tasting go to U.S. National Sake Appraisal website.



  • HAL
  • Hiro Sake
  • Niche Import Co. (Akashi Tai)
  • Gekkeikan
  • World Sake Imports
  • Redee Patch

The Joy of Sake celebrates Hawaiʻi’s 150-year love affair with sake—from the early days of Japanese immigration and the founding of the Honolulu Sake Brewery up to the present. Today Honolulu hosts the U.S. National Sake Appraisal, and its summer Joy of Sake celebration is the biggest annual sake event in the country.


Sake complements a wide variety of appetizers and entrees. The restaurants below distinguish themselves not only by their outstanding cuisine, but also by their appreciation of the luster that fine sakes can add to a meal. Restaurants that participated in Joy of Sake 2018 are listed below with the appetizers they served.


2199 Kalia Road
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 923-2311

Featured Dish: Scallop and pepeiao tartare with ponzu caviar and puffed rice

Beachhouse at the Moana

2365 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 921-4600

Featured Dish: Kunoa Oxtail Jook with braised peanuts and pickled mustard cabbage


226 Lewers Street, Suite 215
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 924-1555

Featured Dish: Salt-Seared Hamachi with hint of ume and tororo mountain yam

The Kahala Hotel & Resort

5000 Kahala Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
Phone: (808) 739-8888

Featured Dish: Big Island Abalone Soup Dumpling with dried scallop-ginger broth, Sumida watercress and Nanatsuboshi rice

Highway Inn

680 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 954-4955

Featured Dish: Kalo and Ahi Poke Parfait


Royal Hawaiian Center
2233 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 922-3323

Featured Dish: Smoked Ahi Tartare with crème fraiche and caviar on yuzukosho avocado toast

BLT Steak

223 Saratoga Road
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 683-7440

Featured Dish: Mini Popover with Sake-Braised Short Rib and creamed spinach topped with ʻIliʻili Farm greens

The Brilliant Ox

Ala Moana Center, 3rd Level
1450 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu HI 96814
Phone: (808) 377-4803

Featured Dish: Roasted Pork Belly with chili garlic sauce and puffed rice furikake

Buho Cocina y Cantina

2250 Kalakaua Avenue, Level 5
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 922-2846

Featured Dish: Smoked Brisket Taco on hand-pressed tortilla with red cabbage slaw, pickled jalapeno and avocado crema


2820 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96826
Phone: (808) 946-4333

Featured Dish: Ube Crème Brulee with sesame tuille

Chez Kenzo Bar & Grill

1451 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: (808) 941-2439

Featured Dish: Chilled Seafood Pesto Pasta

Koko Head Cafe

1145c 12th Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
Phone: (808) 732-8920

Featured Dish: Zosui (Japanese Rice Porridge), with heart of palm, hoio ferns, mushrooms and local eggs

Morimoto Asia/Momosan Waikiki

2490 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
Phone: (808) 922-0022

Featured Dish: Chef Morimoto’s Roasted Duck Tacos with apricot sweet chili, scallions, crispy gyoza skin

The Pig & The Lady

83 N. King Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
Phone: (808) 585-8255

Featured Dish: Carrot-Buttermilk Panna Cotta with preserved lemon, mint, sugar snap peas and nuoc cham

Pili Group

Featured Dish: Everything Rice with Smoke Ahi Belly, MAʻO greens, everything bagel vinaigrette, black pepper cream cheese

The Rice Place

725 Kapiolani Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 799-6959

Featured Dish: Rice on Rice Roll with poached shrimp, lettuce, mint and sweet rice hoisin sauce


2330 Kalakaua Avenue, Suite 330
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 800-3094

Featured Dish: Steak Tartare with toasted rice and lavosh

Superb Sushi

1322 North King Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
Phone: (808) 737-0051

Featured Dish: Temaki Sushi two ways: spicy ahi and California roll

Tonkotsu Kazan Ramen

2250 Kalakaua Avenue, Lower Level
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 777-3547

Featured Dish: Top of the Ramen Charsiu Bowl

Umami Teppan Kingyo

2250 Kalakaua Avenue, Lower Level
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 777-3554

Featured Dish: Pork Belly Yakisoba with grilled vegetables and tare sauce


413 Seaside Avenue, Suite 1F
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 212-9252

Featured Dish: Applewood-Smoked Waimanalo Egg Potato Salad

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