WHO/WHAT: Organizers of the Hawaii Okinawan Restaurant Project documented over 325 restaurants in Hawai‘i that are owned by people of Okinawan ancestry. This remarkable story is being told in an exhibition sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts.

Two exhibits within the main exhibition include: “The Oroku Restaurant Exhibit,” which tells the story of Ushi Takara of American Cafe and the 74 restaurants that were owned by Hawai‘i Okinawans with roots in Oroku village in Okinawa; and “Hawaii by Food Exhibit,” the story of Hawai‘i’s unique food history. This exhibit is part of the Smithsonian Institution’s Key Ingredients tour and is being displayed courtesy of Kapi‘olani Community College.

Another highlight is a photo sitting area featuring the landmark Columbia Inn’s iconic roundtable and stools, courtesy of Gene Kaneshiro, son of Columbia Inn co-founder Toshi Kaneshiro.

A closing reception will be held on Thursday, Feb. 8, from 4-6 p.m.

WHEN/WHERE: Through Feb. 8 at Honolulu Hale, 530 S. King St.

COST: Free. For more information, search for Hawaii Okinawan Restaurant Project Exhibit on Facebook.


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