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ONO-LICIOUS | DECEMBER 16, 2016 FUMI’S KITCHEN: ‘This is a family restaurant in every way’ of aloha is front and center, thanks to Ronnie’s personalized interactions with his patrons and his adherence to ohanastyle customer service. “This is a family restaurant in every way,” said Ronnie. “My mom and I always talked about opening another branch of the restaurant, so here I am. I’m honoring the legacy that my mother and grandmother would have carried out if they were still here.” Historical photos of the Teshima family hang on the walls at Fumi’s Kitchen. Above the main counter and bar, a large black & white photograph of Fumi reveals the beautiful matriarch that so many kama‘aina and visitors came to know through the years. When Fumi passed away in 2008 after a long battle with breast cancer, the Kona community mourned the loss. Outliving her daughter, Grandma Teshima passed away in 2013 at the age of 106. She was a daily fixture at Teshima’s well into her 100s, recounting stories of how Teshima’s Restaurant started out as a general merchandise store and saimin stand before becoming a dining destination for soldiers stationed in the area during World War II. In the 1940s, she transformed the store into the restaurant it remains today. While stepping into Teshima’s is like stepping into a bygone era of the early days of Kona, Fumi’s Kitchen, on the other hand, pays tribute to some of the Teshima family’s favorite recipes and also serves an array of Korean food as well, influenced by Ronnie’s other side of the family. Indeed, fusion cuisine meets “local modern” with such dishes as the charred miso eggplant ($8) torched and glazed with house miso marinade created by Ronnie himself — or the perfectly prepared shrimp and vegetable tempura served in combination with everything from seasoned NY steak and pork sukiyaki to chicken yakitori and panko-crusted ahi. Like Teshima’s, Fumi’s Kitchen serves tempura combo trays, the most popular option being the Shrimp Tempura Combo Tray No. 5. In addition to lunch and dinner daily (closed Tuesdays), Fumi’s Kitchen is open for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, offering local favorites like Hawaii beef loco moco ($9.75), and farm-fresh egg breakfasts such as the threeegg omelet in Hawaiian Samurai Breakfast, served with SPAM for $10.25. For more information about Fumi’s Kitchen, visit FumisKitchenKona.com CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 7 The Tempura Combo Tray at Fumi’s Kitchen features spiced chicken yakitori and crispy shrimp tempura. Karen Anderson/Special to West Hawaii Today OUR HOURS HAVE CHANGED! MON – FRI 10AM TO 9PM SAT AND SUN 8AM TO 9PM CHRISTMAS BUFFET 10AM TO 8PM CALL FOR YOUR RESERVATIONS TODAY 333-3434 Late Nights FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS 10PM 12AM | 21+ Karaoke & Live Music 50% OFF FOOD & SUSHI DRINK SPECIALS Queens’ MarketPlace, Waikoloa Beach Resort 808-886-6286 Big Island • Oahu • Maui • DKRestaurants.com COME CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS DINNER 5 PM - 10 PM PREMIUM ANGUS PRIME RIB SERVED WITH CREAMY HORSERADISH, BAKED POTATO WITH BUTTER,SOUR CREAM AND CHIVES, FRESH VEGETABLES, OUR HOMEMADE GARLIC BREAD AND DINNER SALAD. 8 oz. $23.95 10 oz. $26.95 75-5819 ALII DRIVE • KAILUA-KONA OCEAN FRONT COCONUT GROVE MARKET PLACE Bongo Ben’s Jtmboe!Dbgf OPEN DAILY FROM 6:30 AM – 10 PM. BREAKFAST SERVED UNTIL 2 PM. HAPPY HOUR DAILY FROM 2 PM – 6 PM. 808-329-9203


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