Hoku's
Hoku's

Hoku's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.kahalaresort.com/honolulu_restaurants/hokus/
  • Phone: (808) 739-8760
  • Hours of Operation:
    Hoku's -

    Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm

    Dinner Wednesday through Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

    Closed for dinner on Monday and Tuesday evenings.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Pan-Asian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Wayne Hirabayashi
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Special Events: Please note that due to limited seating availability we require a minimum 48 hours cancellation notice for holiday and special event reservations. We may require a valid credit card number in order to confirm your holiday or special event reservation with us.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Kahala Avenue
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: There is valet service available as well as the hotel parking structure.
A word from Hoku's
HOKU'S (reservations from 5:30pm - 10:00pm for dinner Wednesday through Sunday and closed on Monday and Tuesday nights) is heralded for its innovative fusion fare which melds Hawaiian, Asian and European flavors. Hoku's is consistently ranked as one of Hawaii's best restaurants.



With a twist on contemporary Island cuisine, Hoku's returns to the basics and revamps the classics. The cuisine is fresh, light, and innovative. The ever-popular Hoku's Ahi Musubi and the crisped whole Island Fish (for two) remain on the menu as local favorites. Ingredients are a mix of fresh locally grown produce and imports from abroad.


Hoku's has a breathtaking beachside setting with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean from every table in the multi-level dining room.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
Hoku's reviews from OpenTable diners
80 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (60)scenic view (55)romantic (43)fit for foodies (37)great for brunch (29)notable wine list (16)good for groups (16)neighborhood gem (13)great for lunch (10)kid-friendly (5)late-night find (4)hot spot (4)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Awesome Service
    Knakamura
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Tony provided outstanding service! We are definitely requesting to have him again if we return. He made our dining experience excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week dinner
    MoonieVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Everything was great except the dessert. my friends on the other table also did not like it and didn't eat it after one bite. but everything else was good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Anniversary dinner. The rack of lamb was excellent.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service
    HonoluluBestVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Five star service in the most beautiful luxury hotel outside Waikiki. This was the perfect restaurant to celebrate a special occasion like my birthday with a friend. The wine list is pricey but excellent. Rack of lamb entree and filet with garlic mashed potatoes were smaller portions. Heavy eaters will need to start with a few appetizers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We've been going to Hoku's for over 20 years. After being away from Hawaii for 5 years, we wondered if we would experience the same quality of service, food and ambiance. We were not disappointed. We brought friends that had never been to Hoku's, and they were equally pleased with the overall experience. Thank you, we will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our anniversary spot
    Coop
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    We have been going to Hoku's every year for our anniversary. The food is always fantastic. The servers are attentive and always remember us. Wine list is comprehensive. Ahi musubi is a fantastic riff on an island favorite. Tasting menus with wine pairings are a great way to try some of the best menu items. Go and listen to the live music right outside afterward for a nightcap.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Frankie
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    I highly recommend Hoku's for their excelllent food and service. Their signatured deep fried ahi musubi is indeed a gem. Truly a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistent excellence
    Gavin
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Each time I return to Hoku's I am impressed by the consistent excellence in the food quality and service. I will definitely return for the best brunch in Hawaii.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great!
    hannabatta
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We come here annually for a joint birthday brunch. Food is always fresh & delicious. Great seafood selection, tempura, prime rib, lamb, crab, all the best of everything! Desserts are nicely portioned so you can try everything moderately and still not be too full. Friendly & very efficient service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorites ...
    gtkyl72VIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    The food here is consistently above reproach; the service is stellar; the views are stunning ... this time we selected the foie gras appetizer -- it was "to die for"; the onaga special -- different, but on par with the onaga at Orchid's; our server Lisa ensured that the appropriate wine was served with each course ... highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    It's been a while we dined at Hoku's. Still enjoying their food and great service. We sat beside a table of Japanese and the young kid was rowdy. Restaurant should have a policy when the kid was making an annoyance to nearby diners. Otherwise, the GM Mikio Tomioka and his staff took great care of us. Mahalo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Wonderful Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    This was my first experience at Hoku's. I appreciated how they were able to accommodate our reservation change. The staff knew who we were and they also were able to recognize my wife's birthday. They were very friendly and professional - 5 Star service. The food was outstanding, and the timing in bringing out each course was on par. Aesthetically, Hoku's is a beautiful restaurant. I had an overall wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome brunch buffet.
    Lilo
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Recommended for brunch anytime. . Service was excellent. Tony are waiter was awesome.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The food was great and we didn't have to wait too long. The service was so friendly and outstanding. Will definitely recommend to everyone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Sunday Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Brought the family here for Sunday Brunch, food was delicious, quality was spot on!! My kids were in heaven and can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening
    Matt
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The night at Hoku's was wonderful, the service was very good and professional, the food was excellent. I usually get the rack of lamb but I wanted to try something different, so I went for the rib eye steak. The steak was cooked perfectly and seasoned nicely. Overall the dinner and our evening was excellent, the restaurant was a bit noisy but when a place is as good as this it hard not to have a full house.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch at its BEST
    RAgrindsVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Hoku's Sunday Brunch has to be my favorite buffet spot. At $65 per person, I definitely ate my money's worth. They first start you off with a glass of their freshly squeezed fruit and vegetables juices, followed by a buttery croissant topped with a sweet butter-like spread and a deep fried ahi musubi. Then grab your buffet plates and indulge in the all you can oysters, lobster tail, crab legs, sushi, sashimi, lamb, prime rib and more!! This was probably my fifth brunch here, and I have never been disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We celebrated my mother's 94th birthday here and the staff went out of their way to give us a beautiful window-side table, ensure she was comfortable and give us great service. The food was delicious too. it was a great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great brunch buffet
    brip
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Amazing brunch buffet in Oahu. Really fresh options with great service. Will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a special occassion
    Gr8Gastro
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Hoku's was a very nice place to dine recently, as we celebrated our wedding anniversary here. The quality of the food is very good, varied menu, nice wine list and great ambiance. The service was good, not great, as I've dined at other fine restaurants in Honolulu and probably had better service. But if you're looking for a place away from the busy scene at Waikiki or Ala Moana and enjoy a nice, quiet atmosphere and nice ambiance with good food, Hoku's is a great choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ocean View
    Melco
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We had nice window seats overlooking the ocean/water.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good for Sunday brunch
    lgAiea
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Liked the ocean views; the understated and courteous (not overly familiar) service from traffic control officer, valets, restaurant hosts, to waiter and waitress; & the location (away from Waikiki traffic and crowds). Enjoyed the rack of lamb, sashimi, oysters on the shell, ahi nigiri, miso butterfish, the bread pudding, the bread, & the dark chocolate mousses. The plantation iced tea, veggie-fruit drinks, & deep fried poke musubis were odd. The crab legs in the entree section were dry & overcooked, but the cold crab was juicy & yummy. Wished the attentive service had continued right up till departure (Our service somehow vanished toward the end.) & too bad no one explained what individually prepared dishes were available upon request.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 行きません
    Shotaro
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    年寄りの両親と一緒にメニューを見て料理を選んでおり、若干時間がかかった際(数分)、『こいたら、まだ決まらないのか』というアイコンタクトをスタッフ同士で行っている姿を見てしまった時、悲しくなった。せっかくの両親結婚40周年記念の食事。その場の空気が壊れぬよう、怒りを堪え続けたことが辛かった。本当、ここを選んだことを後悔した。
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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  • nice but expensive
    Honolulu50
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We ate dinner here -- ahi musubi, short rib tempura as appetizers and the fish, tenderloin, and prawns for entrees. They also have a kids' menu - our kids had the chicken fingers and burger. The appetizers were very good and very generously sized. The entrees were good, though not outstanding (which you might expect for the price). Our kids liked the fries that came with their meals (the fries are tasty!) but did not care for the chicken fingers and burger. For dessert, we had the warm chocolate cake -- that was delicious. The service was very good -- attentive, warm and friendly. For the price, not sure if we will go again. Or maybe next time we will just do appetizers and dessert ;)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Sunday brunch
    HappyHoliday
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    It was our 4th time visiting Hoku's. Every year we visited Hawaii, we planned to have a Sunday Brunch at Hoku's and we enjoyed food and service everytime. Thank you so much for wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great View, Good Food
    HNLBill
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    My wife and I were seated at a window table for our six-month anniversary dinner, and had an awesome ocean view. The service was very good, with attentive staff. After eating at other highly rated (five-star) restaurants on Oahu, I felt a little let down here. The food was good, but not great, and was more expensive than other top-rated five-star restaurants. Given the price and the 'just good' nature of the food, I'm not sure I'd return, except possibly, for the highly touted lunch buffet. The bread and spread was awesome. The fish dishes were ok (a bit bland), but nothing to write home about. The desserts (we had three) were very good. The espresso was excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special Place
    gmac
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Always a pleasure to dine at Hoku's brunch…thoroughly enjoy the quality of food. It's nice to be remembered by some of the serving staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service~
    lunchdiner
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Special night, birthday celebration. Our server, India, was friendly, helpful and we enjoyed the food and service. We will come back next year...if not sooner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cjca
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Food was tasty and pricey, but menu not very innovative.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Greatest Brunch in Hawaii
    TouchdownDinner
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Really good! I'm going back on my birthday! Enjoyed the wide selection of food and the mamosas were tasty!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hokus is Amazing!
    RomyVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food and service were wonderful! What a great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • makana
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food and the service were GREAT! My family and I will be back again soon. Thank you for the wonderful service...
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Memorable Evening
    Goodtimes2
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We invited 9 friends to have dinner with us at Hoku's. From the planning with Hoku's staff to enjoying a final cup of their wonderful French pressed coffee-the evening was superb. We had the Celebration menu-each course was delectable & beautifully presented. Everyone kept exclaiming how wonderful the food & service was. We were never rushed & enjoyed a lovely 3 hours with our friends that we are all still talking about.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the world's classics
    MillionsroadVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Everything from the moment you walk in is special. Each person of the staff is attentive, observant, emphatic. They put their soul into the wonderful service and feeling of aloha. The waiters are fantastic, we had two wonderfully knowledgable ladies who were so good. The food is fantastic, inventive, authentic. The wine cellar is deep and special with sincere recommendations that fit your whim. It kind of comes as no surprise since they are part of the Kahala resort which I have quickly come to love.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced. Bland food
    SahaVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The restaurant is overpriced the service is slow and nothing special about their cuisine
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  • Outstanding!
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    One of the best Sunday brunch buffets on Oahu with outstanding food quality, friendly, accommodating staff, beautiful ambiance and great service. My guests loved it! I know where to spend my Sundays!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great first time meal
    hokusisthebest
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    the food was fabulous--had shrimp and the catch of the day--very tasty--service was excellent--great attention from all of the wait staff
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 43 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 313 reviews are from the Hoku's reviews archive.
  • Jim65
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Superb menu choices. Excellent wine and cocktail choices. Delightful ocean view. Gracious but attentive service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful view, over priced food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The room is nice, beautiful view, good service, not too noisy. But, the food is very overpriced relative to its quality or creativity. Not well seasoned or interesting, and seriously pricey ....in the range of $40-70 for an entree.... Loved the setting, but definitely won't be going back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Enjoyable
    HomeHawaiiVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The entrees were consistently very good but not outstanding. Service remains a mainstay of the attraction of this restaurant. It is a regrettable mistake if you schedule dinner too late and miss the uncompromised view of the always spectacular Hawaiian sunset.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate