The primary design theme for the Tanaka of Tokyo restaurant was based on a Japanese traditional farmhouse (“minka”) using traditional Japanese design elements like dark wood, stone, and handcrafted privacy screens, and juxtaposed with modern elements including metal panels, glass surfaces, and striking colors. Nature references were an extension of the Japanese farmhouse theme and also integrated with the Waikiki Shopping Plaza building’s theme of “Urban Nature.”
WAIKIKI IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION
2013 Ho`owehiwehi Award
(New Development Excellence Award)
Size: 6,000 SF
Scope: New Architecture
Features: five-story tree wall fronting Kalakaua Avenue, nature-inspired materials – river rock, dark wood, and copper – play against splashes of bright color and the exciting fire play that occurs every night by skilled table chefs.