the joy of sake 2023


Saturday, April 22|6:30 pm–9:00 pm

Hawaiʻi Convention Center

1801 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815

$120 per person

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The Joy of Sake celebrates Hawaiʻi’s 150-year love affair with sake, starting with the early days of Japanese immigration and continuing to the present day. This year marks the 20th anniversary of what’s become the biggest annual sake celebration in the US, featuring 576 different sakes in peak condition together with traditional and contemporary sake appetizers from top Hawaiʻi chefs. The admission fee includes appetizers from participating restaurants and unlimited samplings of sake.

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The Joy of Sake celebrates good sake, good food and good friends. Participating restaurants distinguish themselves not only by their outstanding cuisine, but also by their appreciation of the luster that fine sakes add to a meal. The restaurants below participated in 2022.

Beachhouse at the Moana

Oysters on the Half Shell with a Japanese mignonette, uni and ikura

Cake Works

Calamansi Chiffon with Li Hing Mui compressed strawberries and lemon crunch

Chef Chai

Shrimp Taco with fresh mango salsa and avocado mousse

Colin Hazama/C4 Table

Smoked Candied Ono, Ho Farms nishime + crispy umami rice + roasted corn dashi + shiso oil


Thinly Sliced Albacore on a bed of shredded daikon w/jalapeno, ponzu, sesame oil and spicy mayo

Feast by Jon Matsubara

Smoked Candied Ono, Ho Farms nishime + crispy umami rice + roasted corn dashi + shiso oil


Kako‘o Oiwi Warabi Salad with Braised Big Island Abalone and Pulehu Tako, yuzu vinaigrette and puff grains

Hanale by Islander Sake Brewery

Washu Beef Tataki cured in shiokoji and sake lees


Crispy Mountain View Pork Belly

Koko Head Cafe

Smoked Heart of Palm Kushiage, guava tare, herb salad

Nami Kaze

Local Beef Cheek Kamameshi Rice

Pai Honolulu

Citrus-cured Salmon Mousse Tart, yuzu ikura & Mari’s Garden spicy microgreens

Pili Group

Mahiki Ranch WunTun, chili oil, raw fish


American Wagyu Beef Tartare black truffle/green apple/macadamia

Superb Sushi

Firecracker Poke Bowl

TBD. . . by Vikram Garg

Shrimp & Hamakua Mushroom Risotto, parmesan cream


Local Catch Mix Poke

Patio Partners

Asato Family Shop

Shrimp & Hamakua Mushroom Risotto, parmesan cream


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