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Sushi Hawai‘i to Open in Pāhoa

June 3, 2020, 6:00 AM HST
* Updated June 2, 10:47 AM
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A new sushi restaurant is opening in the Puna Kai Shopping Center this Friday.

Sushi Hawai‘i is a new “design your own sushi” takeout restaurant. Along with social distancing and safety measures in place, there will be giveaways with every purchase and live music outside by Loeka & Friends.

Sushi Hawai‘i is a fast, casual concept where customers can build their own sushi rolls or bowls from behind plexiglass.

Sushi Chef and Owner Kaikili Roldan has worked in a variety of fine dining restaurants, including an apprenticeship under sushi master Norio Yamamoto, according to a restaurant press release. He decided to open his restaurant in the Pāhoa area, where he grew up.

“I knew opening my first restaurant wouldn’t be easy, but the COVID-19 pandemic has really thrown us a loop,” Roldan said. “After a lot of delays, but also a lot of support from our community, we’re confident that we can safely open with social distancing and other safety measures in place.”

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Along with sushi rolls and bowls, the restaurant will offer take-home sushi bakes and sushi cakes by special order. Customers will be able to order in-person, online or by phone. See the full menu online.

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Sushi Hawai‘i is located in the Puna Kai Shopping Center at the intersection of Pāhoa Village Road and Kahakai Boulevard. Grand opening hours will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular hours, starting Saturday, June 6, will be from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. six days a week. The restaurant will be closed Tuesday.

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