Big Island Tokyo Table, a new Japanese restaurant, will open in the Fireside Food Court at Parker Ranch Center on Hawaii Island later this year.
Big Island Tokyo Table will offer authentic Japanese food, including the Japanese-Western and Japanese-Chinese fusions that can be found when traveling to Japan.
Three Big Island-based partners, two originally from Japan and one from Taiwan, have signed a lease to occupy the 775 square-foot space located across Village Burger. The new eatery will add to the food court’s already diverse lineup of dining options, with a unique Asian-inspired menu for the Waimea community to enjoy.
“Our new tenant, Big Island Tokyo Table, reflects an emerging optimism among businesses, as community members gain confidence about their health and safety,” said Leolani Kini, General Manager of Parker Ranch Center. “We know that residents of Waimea and beyond are always on the lookout for authentic, quality food to enjoy with family and friends. Parker Ranch Center welcomes this new business to our community.”
Big Island Tokyo Table will be managed by three partners, Kumi Hori, Tomoaki Shibata and Pay Lee. The partners have diverse backgrounds and skills, effectively rounding out the business operations and chef duties.
Shibata is a chef from Kyoto who started out at a ryotei, a prestigious, traditional Japanese restaurant. He has experience in various Japanese restaurants and hotels in the U.S. Shibata arrived in Hawaii in 2019 as one of the grand opening staff for “Moa Kitchen” in Waimea. Hori, who hails from Tokyo, is a dentist with a rich background in business management and a love for the restaurants of her hometown. Lee is from Taiwan and is the founder of the well-known Boba drink store in downtown Hilo. She previously served as a manager for her family’s disposable food container business in Taiwan.
In addition to Japanese fare, Big Island Tokyo Table will also include Shibata and Hori family recipes, and authentic Taiwanese Boba drinks. The eatery will feature local farm products, including macadamia nuts from Hori’s own farm. Planned menu items will include sushi rolls, udon, omelet chicken rice, takoyaki, homemade gyoza, pork filled katsu and organic chicken katsu, as well as local macadamia nuts and fruits.
“We are going to bring something that will be very unique to Waimea and that is to share our heritage as Japanese and Taiwanese,” said Hori. “As partners, we come from different places and bring different skills, but what we share are our common values, tastes and work ethic. Big Island Tokyo Table will be well prepared to provide our customers with many choices.”
Customers will also have the option to safely and conveniently pre-order and pre-pay through Big Island Tokyo Table’s app. The eatery will also feature a pick-up window which customers can access directly from outside the food court for express checkout. It will offer affordable Ohana dinner sets, perfect for working households, and high-end set menus for home gatherings. Select niche Japanese merchandise, such as drinks and cookies, will be available for purchase.
Community members can check the center’s Facebook and Instagram @ParkerRanchCenter for updates regarding Big Island Tokyo Table’s scheduled opening date later this year, as well as center updates and news about its shops and restaurants. Follow and tag #ParkerRanchCenter on Facebook and Instagram @ParkerRanchCenter. For current hours and services of its merchants and restaurants, see www.parkerranchcenter.com.
About Parker Ranch Center
Parker Ranch Center is Waimea’s one-stop shopping destination. Parker Ranch Center is a 146,172 square-foot shopping center in the heart of Waimea with retailers including Foodland, Starbucks, Healthways II, Mahina, Mary Jane’s, and the always popular Parker Ranch Store. The center is also home to some of Waimea’s most unique restaurants, including Village Burger, Noodle Club, L & L Barbecue, and a variety of dining options in the Fireside Food Court. For more information, visit www.parkerranchcenter.com.