Pineapple Sorbet with Ginger Jam. The creative and contemporary style of Kaiwa is deliciously evident in their light, flavorful desserts. The handmade pineapple sorbet, made from Maui Gold pineapples, is just one of several creative Japanese-Hawaiian Kaiwa delicacies.
Located on the second floor of Waikiki Beach Walk, Kaiwa Teppan & Sushi doesn’t mess around when it comes to Japanese-Hawaiian regional specialties. Even the restaurant’s name denotes unity; “Kai” meaning “water” in Hawaiian, and “Wa,” Japanese for “circle.” Those seeking authentic Japanese cuisine just minutes from Oahu’s sandy shores will find it here, alongside island fusion elements, like the nontraditional pipikaula-and-watercress hot salad and the garlic ahi poke.
Japanese culinary prowess meets worldwide flavors and ingredients in the Grilled Seafood with House Blend Spices: Tristan lobster, Atlantic salmon, black tiger shrimp and scallops, all perfectly grilled and sprinkled with a blend of more than 10 locally grown and harvested spices, atop a cushion of Yukon Gold mashed potatoes. It’s one of many modern East Meets West dishes to enjoy in Kaiwa’s unique and inspired ultramodern setting.
Reserve seats for an intimate table for two, or a private party for up to 20, in the stylized and traditional Zashiki room with Japanese tatami (floor-style seating), illuminated by fiber optic curtains and color-changing bar lights.