Traditional Okinawa-style meal at one of my favorite izakayas in the world. This one's in Hawaii, the land where the local izakayas completely blow away the ones in Los Angeles. Yes, every single one of them. Consistently, too!
Anyway the tiny room gets filled with local Japanese groups even during the week, and has pretty crazy wooden block decor I haven't seen in a restaurant since my last time in Japan. You won't find many of your typical izakaya dishes here, but the insider experience of authentic Okinawan cuisine (with Asian fusion food, of course!) is well worth it. We loved their handmade soba noodles (looks quite different from the typical store-bought kind), grilled ahi, tofu salad, and awamori menu. And don't forget the "taco fried rice" our pal made tableside--we're still dreaming about it! Definitely a culinary gem in Oahu.