We created Waioli Grill & Cafe to give the people of Kapahulu, HI, and the surrounding communities a stylish, relaxed bistro where you can enjoy time with your friends over delicious, healthy Japanese cuisine. Our chef has 20 years of experience in the art of food creation, mastering the teppanyaki style, among others, to give guests a memorable experience unlike any other in the region.
We wanted to give the community a unique option to enjoy wholesome meat entrees without the exorbitant price tag of traditional steakhouses or the lingering aroma of Korean barbeque. Focusing on flavor and nutrition, we decided to incorporate the Japanese concept of ichiju sansai, allowing you to custom create your meal based on your tastes and preferences.
Beautifully plated and full of nutrients, we took this classic Japanese cuisine style and tailored it to local taste buds, constructing a New American-cuisine-style plate lunch with a Japanese twist. If you’re looking for a healthy option for lunch that’s nothing like anything else on the island, we’ve got all that and more.
For dinner, we shift focus from a healthy cafe to a cozy bistro, offering handcrafted signature cocktails and chef-created entrees in a carefree atmosphere. Our menu is designed around nutritional balance and a bold flavor profile, and our chef has dedicated his career to creating Japanese cuisine that embodies both.
Come on in, bring your friends, and enjoy an afternoon or evening with us. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to us through our website, in person, or over the phone.
We can be reached at 808-734-5298.
A traditional Japanese style, ichiju sansai translates into one soup, three sides and is meant to improve ingestion and digestion. Every meal comes with rice, loading you with energy-giving carbohydrates while the soup hydrates your body and the fermented sauces—namely miso and soy sauce—keep your digestive system healthy, discharging excess fat, sugar and salt.
The three sides traditionally consist of one main protein, whether fish, meat, or tofu, and two side dishes, usually vegetables, potatoes, mushrooms, or beans. With this balanced combination of foods, your body gets all the nutrition it needs to thrive without feeling overly full or bloated due to overeating carbs and salt.
A Hawaiian staple, the plate lunch has been around for decades. The main course—a protein that may be Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Korean, Portuguese, or Hawaiian—is accompanied by macaroni salad and two scoops of rice. You can find the plate lunch all across Hawaii, as it is the go-to lunch option for many locals. We took this tradition and spun it on its head, creating a unique plate lunch unlike anything else in the area.