Special guest this Wednesday at OTW

Off the Wall chef Grant “Sandaa” Murata sensei (of the Afuso Ryu Gensei Kai Hawaii) emailed to let us know that they have a special guest this Wednesday (10/15) at the restaurant. The special guest is a friend of his who lived in Hawaii about 30 years ago and often performed at the old Club Hanagasa. So who is this special guest you ask? Hint: She’s part of the legendary band Champloose and is the leader’s (Shoukichi Kina) sister. If you guessed Keiko Kina you’re right!

According to Sandaa-sensei, Keiko has started her own group consisting of her son and grandchildren who will all be in attendance this Wednesday night. Gensei Kai will open and Sandaa-sensei says Keiko’s son is a shredder (Jimi Hendrix) on the sanshin.

For more information, check out our previous post on the OTW live shows or call the restaurant at 808-486-9255. See you there!

Experience the flavors of Japan & Okinawa event

Off the Wall Restaurant & Bar (Aiea, Hawaii) will be holding the second part of their 3-part series on experiencing the flavors of Japan and Okinawa this Friday, October 17th. The following is via their email newsletter (email us at karakui.com@gmail.com and we’ll forward your email if you want to be added to their list):

Experience the Flavors Japan and Okinawa Tasting

Join us on Friday, October 17, for the second event of a 3-part series to try five great makers of Asian beverages. It’ll be even better than the last one!

Off the Wall Restaurant & Bar, SWAM (Shiroma’s Wine and More) and The Cherry Company present a unique casual tasting of Orion Beer and Shimauta awamori from Okinawa, Iichiko shochu, Hana-flavored sake by Takara, and Kikusui Brewing Co. sake. Great tasting pupus provided by Off the Wall Executive Chef “Sandaa.” Order the items you taste at a great price from SWAM fine wines and get a jump on gift giving!

Date: Friday, October 17, 2008

Time: Starts at 8:30pm till whenever!

Place: Off the Wall Restaurant & Bar

Located at the Pearl Kai Shopping Center (across from Sears in the Pearlridge Shopping Center)
98-199 Kamehameha Hwy., B-10
Aiea, Hawaii 96701

Tickets: $35 pre-sale and $40 at the door (includes 5 drink tickets, complimentary pupus, and a limited-edition t-shirt)

Contact: OFF THE WALL RESTAURANT & BAR: 486-9255, or Jill @ SWAM: 487-7926.

Don’t miss out on this great tasting!!

Off the Wall’s “Experience the flavors of Japan and Okinawa tasting”

Off the Wall Restaurant & Bar (Aiea, Hawaii) is becoming a happening place with live Okinawan music on Wednesday nights and now they have a new event coming up this Friday, September 26, 2008. From their newsletter:

Experience the Flavors Japan and Okinawa Tasting

Join us on Friday, September 26, for the first event of a 3-part series to try five great makers of Asian beverages.

Off the Wall Restaurant & Bar, SWAM (Shiroma’s Wine and More) and The Cherry Company present a unique casual tasting of Orion Beer and Shimauta awamori from Okinawa, Iichiko shochu, Hana-flavored sake by Takara, and Kikusui Brewing Co. sake. Great tasting pupus provided by Off the Wall Executive Chef “Sandaa.” Order the items you taste at a great price from SWAM fine wines and get a jump on gift giving!

Date: Friday, September 26, 2008

Time: Starts at 8:30pm till whenever!

Place: Off the Wall Restaurant & Bar

Located at the Pearl Kai Shopping Center (across from Sears in the Pearlridge Shopping Center)
98-199 Kamehameha Hwy., B-10
Aiea, Hawaii 96701

Tickets: $25 pre-sale and $30 at the door (includes 5 drink tickets and complimentary pupus)

Limited edition t-shirts are for our cost $10 pre-sale.

Contact: Kyle or Sandaa at OFF THE WALL RESTAURANT & BAR: 486-9255, or Jill @ SWAM: 487-7926.

Don’t miss out on this great tasting!! Tickets are limited!!

Off the Wall to feature live Okinawan music!!!


Off the Wall
Originally uploaded by Champuru

Watch, enjoy and listen to live Okinawan music every 1st and 3rd Wednesday night of the month at Off the Wall (Aiea, Hawaii).

(From their email newsletter—nifee deebitan to Sandaa-sensei for the tip!):

Join us this coming Wednesday, September 17, at OFF THE WALL BAR for LIVE OKINAWAN MUSIC by Afuso-Ryu Gensei Kai Hawaii (featuring Grant “Sandaa” Murata-sensei, Kenton Odo-sensei & members of the club).

Music starts at 8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

For this special event we have drink specials of $7 – Orion Okinawan Beer (21 oz); purchase a bottle of Awamori and we will hold it for you—featuring Shimauta Awamori or Iichiko Kurobin Shochu Bottles for only $40.00 (at a special price only for this day).

Enjoy Okinawan food dishes such as Rafute, Goya (bittermelon) Champuru, Tofu Champuru, Eggplant Pork Miso Champuru and more!

Seating is limited!!!

For More Information conctact us @ Ph: 808.486.WALL (808.486.9255).
Located @ the Pearl Kai Shopping Center, across from Pearlridge Sears
98-199 Kamehameha Hwy, B-10
Aiea, Hawaii 96701

The food and atmosphere there is excellent (okay, to be fair, I’ve only been there once—check out Donna’s pics of their delicious food—but more reason to go back, yeah?). I’m so there! Tobiiri anyone? (And Sandaa-sensei, I’m coming for one of those bottles of Shimauta Awamori. 😉 )

Weekly Eater features Off the Wall, a new restaurant in Pearl Kai

Being the izakaya kind of dude that I am, I’m happy to read news of a new restaurant called ‘Off the Wall’ that opened in the Pearl Kai Shopping Center. The restaurant’s executive chef happens to also be one of the most well-known musicians of Okinawan music in Hawaii (and around the globe), Grant “Sandaa” Murata. Here’s an excerpt from Nadine Kam’s Weekly Eater article:

There’s confusion by association because Murata’s known in Okinawan circles as a musician, in addition to his past affiliation with the Okinawan restaurant Hanagasa Inn. There are many old-timers who depend on him for traditional local Okinawan fare, while a younger generation expects a lighter hand, free of oil and extracting the bitterness from bittermelon.

He says he’s feeling the pressure from both factions while also trying to please that other faction of newbies who don’t know a single thing about the restaurant and can’t even guess based on its name.

Off the Wall
98-199 Kamehameha Hwy.
Aiea, Hawaii 96701
808-486-9255