Restaurateurs DeWitt Lickle, Yuri Soledade and Moon Greene have worked for the past year renovating the original Ha'iku Mart building in Ha'iku. The result is a polished and sophisticated Japanese cuisine and sushi restaurant that enhances the area's dining options.
The interior boasts a sushi bar that seats 12 and an exhibition-style kitchen where diners can watch the action. Gyotaku fish prints created by Lickle complement the imperial plaster walls.
Dining is "Izakaya" (Japanese pub) style. Sake, beer, wine and specialty cocktails are available. Shochu (Japanese spirits distilled from barley/rice) and fresh citrus squeezed at the table is already a local favorite.
The original Ha‘ikū Mart building in Ha‘ikū is now a sophisticated Japanese restaurant and sushi bar.
NUKA offers specialty rolls created by renowned Sushi Chef Hiro Takanashi, including the Hawaiian Roll with tuna, avocado, cucumber and roasted macadamia nuts.
In addition to sushi, the menu offers small plates (also called otsumami) of miso marinated black cod, yakitori skewers, tempura and Ha'iku-grown nasu miso eggplant.
Nuka is the Japanese word for rice bran. NUKA is proud to be milling its own carefully sourced brown rice. The bran is then used as a traditional pickling bed where vegetables are buried in the moist and seasoned bran. The result is Nuka-Zuke--a salty, sour, tangy pickle loaded with beneficial enzymes and probiotics.
Lickle has farmed and fished in Hawai'i for 30 years. The abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables and fish gathered from Maui's North Shore are the main ingredients in NUKA's recipe for success.
NUKA is Soledade and Greene's second business venture as the owners of the successful Pa'ia Fish Market.
Together with executive Sushi Chef Takanashi, Lickle, Soledade and Greene believe that food is best when kept simple and that fresh ingredients speak for themselves.
The restaurant is located at 780 Haiku Road.
For more information, call (808) 575-2939 and visit www.nukamaui.com.