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Haleiwa Eats: North Shore Okazuya & Bento

Last week we took some friends from Japan for a circle island drive, making that requisite North Shore trek. For lunch we contemplated either Jameson’s or Haleiwa Joe’s, but instead decided to keep it simple by getting a few Okazuya plates from North Shore Okazuya & Bento in Haleiwa and enjoying it right down the street on the beach at Waimea Beach Park.

Above is one plate, which includes Chow Funn noodles, a shoyu hot dog, shrimp tempura, corned beef hash and ume omusubi.

Here’s another plate, which includes an ume omusubi, inarizushi, Redondo’s Winner (the red hot dog), Fried Chicken, Fried Furikake Mahimahi and Corned Beef Hash…

The chow funn from here is EXCELLENT and gives “comps” to that from St. Louis Delicatessen. The corned beef hash rocks as well…

Actually, everything on the plate was up to par with the best of Okazuya grinds in my collective memory, made even better when grinding it overlooking the beautiful beach at Waimea Bay. Something about them negative ions from the ocean spray just makes any food taste so much better.

This is our good friend Yumi, originally from Nagasaki, Japan, now living in Shinjuku (Tokyo), giving a big shaka in front of Chinaman’s Hat at Kualoa Beach Park…

Here she is with her friend Rob, who is originally from Britain, now living and working in Tokyo as well…

They’re posing in front of a beach in Mokuleia, just after Dillingham Air Field. Lucky us, there was a pod of Humpback Whales breaching, tail slapping and generally playing off the coast, pretty close to shore. Sugoi deshita yo!

Yumi chan released a CD in Japan recently. Check out a sample of her beautiful voice here…


She’ll be recording a soundtrack for an Anime film in a few months from now. Ganbatte. Nam Myo.


6 thoughts on “Haleiwa Eats: North Shore Okazuya & Bento

  • May 4, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    What’s the flavour of the fried chow fun like? I never would have thought of it as being good as it looks quite plain! I guess I’m not used to Hawaiian style chow fun?

  • May 4, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Pomai, nobody make the same recipe in chow fun but I like them all. Always as a kid enjoyed cone sushi. When in San Francisco can’t find cone sushi just regular Japanese type. I like to send my sister cone sushi packages from Marukai to her to make it what she miss the most.

  • May 4, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Beautiful photos as usual :-) By the way where di you get Nam Myo from at the end of your post?

  • May 5, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Ono looking pics. Must’ve tasted extra good eating at the beach. Funny how food taste mo ono outdoors.

  • May 5, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    I don’t know why I never comment but I have to say I love your blog so much!! It’s so thorough and you update all the time! I have to say it once, right? :)

  • December 14, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    just having there bento right now! awesomeness i must say!!! love the chowfun. generally i would not pick chowfun to eat, but there chowfun is pretty good! its not oily, dry, and it has a great taste…hint of black pepper in there! yum!
    *the whole bento is just great! worth your money! tummy will be very satisfied!


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