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 21 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
  • Hawaii Water
  • Miss Sake

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.


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

Featured Dish: Deconstructed Salmon Chazuke of sake-miso-cured salmon tataki, chazuke gohan gel, cucumber tsukemono, puff grains, beef fat


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

Featured Dish: Doraku Doner Kebab of blackened ahi, shredded pickled cabbage, miso tzatziki, lavosh


2259 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 931-7440

Featured Dish: Marinated Tomato Salad with Beef Tongue, sake kasu vinaigrette

Morimoto Asia/Momosan Waikiki

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

Featured Dish: Chilled Tan Tan Noodles in chicken broth with miso pork, ajitama, lettuce, cilantro, chili threads, scallion, black pepper oil, chili oil

Feast by Jon Matsubara

2970 East Manoa Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Opening fall 2019

Featured Dish: Prawns in Dashi with beurre noisette, green apple, chervil

Pai Honolulu

55 Merchant Street, Ste. 110
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 744-2531

Featured Dish: Uni Panna Cotta with cherry gelee, puffed forbidden rice, matcha


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

Featured Dish: Instant Bacon: soy-glazed pork belly, kiawe smoke, micro cilantro, toasted sesame

Pili Group

Featured Dish: Banbanji Chicken with ʻulu

Buho Cocina y Cantina

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

Featured Dish: Kauai Shrimp on Coconut Lime Rice, mango pico de gallo


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

Featured Dish: Chilled Basil Pesto Kale Udon with macadamia nuts, micro cress

Beachhouse at the Moana

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

Featured Dish: Crispy Roasted Rice Cakes with miso pork ragu, fried shallots, negi oil

BLT Steak

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

Featured Dish: Guava-smoked Sake-marinated Wagyu Picanha Steak, roasted garlic & chimichurri sauce

Karai Crab

901 Hausten Street
Honolulu, HI 96826
Phone: (808) 952-6990

Featured Dish: Miso Sake Clams in roasted garlic and ginger miso broth

Dean & DeLuca

223 Kalakaua Avenue
Building B, Space #B110F
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 429-1015

Featured Dish: Guava Chili Pepper Water Shave Ice with local tako, uni and mango


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

Featured Dish: Lemon Crunch Cream Puff with lemon-sansho cremeaux, lemon brittle

Il Ghiottone (Japan)

2-7-3 Marunouchi
1F, Tokyo Bld. Tokia
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005 Japan
Phone: +81 3-5220-2006

Featured Dish: Pork and Romaine Risotto with Kyoto hot spice

Superb Sushi

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

Featured Dish: Temaki Two Ways: California roll and spicy ahi


3579 Waialae Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816

Featured Dish: Fresh Housemade Soba with uni, micro greens


3750 Wailea Alanui Drive, #OP-2
Wailea, HI 96753
Phone: (808) 879-8800

Featured Dish: Huli Huli Chicken with garlic rice, charred scallion, kimchee

The Pig & The Lady

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

Featured Dish: Summer Melon: canteloupe carpaccio, fresh watermelon with curried watermelon rind jam, crispy dried squid, shallots, mint

Koko Head Café

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

Featured Dish: Chilled Tomato-Strawberry Noodles, miso-sake cream cheese

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