Restaurant Suntory to Reopen at Royal Hawaiian Center Following Extensive Renovation

by Katie Lee

Waikīkī, Oahu, Hawaii — Royal Hawaiian Center is celebrating the reopening of Restaurant Suntory on March 27 following an extensive renovation that began in fall 2021. The enhanced restaurant presents a captivating new design, inspired by the Japanese art of minimalism as well as Honolulu’s magnificent scenery, complemented by a refreshed menu to elevate the authentic Japanese dining experience guests have enjoyed for 42 years. Most notable of the transformation is the Sushi Tokiwa, the new sushi counter that provides a luxury omakase-style indulgence.

The transformation is aimed at creating a space in Honolulu where diners can capture a sensory experience while enjoying Japanese food. The restaurant interior is awash with rich, earth tones and soft, natural lighting that bring out a sense of modern elegance to the space. Lining the room and tying it all together is the artfully aged wood, which pays tribute to the Japanese whisky barrels that helped the acclaimed Suntory brand earn its reputation as a leading maker of fine spirits. Concealed and located in its own exclusive section is the new Tokiwa sushi counter which offers an immersive dining experience using the finest seafood and ingredients.

Photo courtesy of Restaurant Suntory/Royal Hawaiian Center.

“We celebrate the return of world-class Japanese cuisine with the re-opening of Restaurant Suntory, which is the only original tenant who has operated continuously since the center’s opening in 1980,” says Marleen Akau, vice president, general manager, of Royal Hawaiian Center. “This significant refurbishment displays their ongoing dedication to provide a high-level guest experience that has made them a longtime favorite in Waikiki. We are honored to house a distinguished brand and the only remaining Restaurant Suntory in the United States.”

Royal Hawaiian Center is the premier shopping, dining, entertainment and cultural destination in Waikīkī, comprised of 90 shops and restaurants over three city-blocks of world-renowned Kalākaua Avenue. The center stands upon historic land known as Helumoa, once home to Hawaiian royalty. Royal Hawaiian Center is owned by RHC Property Holdings LLC and managed by The Festival Companies. For more information, visit

Owned by Suntory Holdings — one of the oldest and largest brewing and distilling companies in Japan — Restaurant Suntory opened in Hawaii in 1980. It is the sole remaining Restaurant Suntory in the U.S. For more information, visit



SOURCE: Restaurant Suntory/Royal Hawaiian Center






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