Accolades

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Kudos

“One of America’s eight best sushi restaurants”

Travel + Leisure, March 2001

“Mango and Crab Roll with Thai Vinaigrette is just one example of D.K.’s inventive handiwork.”

Bon Appétit, September 2000

“…three years ago (1997) I wrote, ‘you might as well learn D.K. Kodama’s name now, because in a couple of years he’s likely to be on your short list of hot Hawaii restaurateurs.”

HONOLULU Magazine, July 2000

“Locals pack the house for late-night karaoke, the sushi bar specials and Sansei’s other Asian influenced recipes.”

Food & Wine, May 2000

“You’ve never been to a sushi bar like this: the Pacific Rim ‘tapas’ such as foie gras nigiri sushi, Japanese BLT roll – will just kill you. And Maui’s best chefs hang out here.”

Travel + Leisure, April 1999

“This joint is jumping, endless innovation with a strong Japanese accent…”

Wine Spectator, March 1999

Accolades

Sansei Kapalua Resort, Maui

1996 “A Taste of Lahaina” Best Appetizer

1997 Best Sushi Bar – The Maui News readers’ poll

1997 “’Ulupalakua Thing” Grand Prize – Elegant Picnic contest

1998 Highest Food Rating – Zagat Hawai‘i Restaurant Survey

1998 HONOLULU magazine Hale ‘Aina Restaurant of Distinction

1998 Best Sushi Bar, Best Japanese Restaurant – The Maui News readers’ poll

1998 “’Ulupalakua Thing” Grand Prize – Elegant Picnic contest

1998, 1999, 2002 – “A Taste of Lahaina” Best Salad

1999 – 2001 & 2003 – HONOLULU magazine Hale ‘Aina Award

1999 Highest Food Rating – Zagat Hawai‘i Restaurant Survey

1999 Overall Rating of 90 – Wine Spectator

1999 “’Ulupalakua Thing” Grand Prize – Ultimate Picnic Basket

1999 Best Chef D.K. Kodama, Best Sushi Bar – The Maui News readers’ poll

2000 First Place – Maui Onion Festival professional division

9/2000 – “Our Favorite Asian Restaurants” – Bon Appetit magazine

2000 – “A Taste of Lahaina” Best Appetizer and Best of Show

2001The Honolulu Advertiser “O‘ahu’s 100 Best Restaurants”

3/2001 – “America’s Best Sushi Bars” – Travel + Leisure magazine

2001 “A Taste of Lahaina” Best Appetizer

2002 HONOLULU magazine Hale ‘Aina Restaurant of Distinction

2002 – 2004 The Honolulu Advertiser “Hawai‘i’s 100 Best Restaurants”

2003 “A Taste of Lahaina” Best Meat Dish and Best of Show

2003 Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi magazine 2nd place Most Innovative Menu

2003 – 2009 Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi magazine Best Sushi and Best Late-Night Dining

2004 Wine Spectator magazine Award of Excellence

2004 “A Taste of Lahaina” Best Seafood

2004 Nō Ka ‘Oi magazine Most Innovative Menu

2004, 2005, 2006 – HONOLULU magazine Hale ‘Aina Gold Award

2005 Wine Spectator magazine Award of Excellence

2005 “A Taste of Lahaina” Best Seafood

2005 Best Chef Ivan Pahk – The Maui News readers’ poll

2005 Best Sushi Bar – The Maui News readers’ poll

2006 Wine Spectator magazine Award of Excellence

2007 Wine Spectator magazine Award of Excellence

2007 Wine Enthusiast magazine Award of Unique Distinction

2007 HONOLULU magazine Hale ‘Aina Bronze Award

2007 Best Sushi Bar – The Maui News readers’ poll

2007 Chef of the Year Ivan Pahk – voted by food service peers in Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi Magazine

2007 “A Taste of Lahaina” Best Seafood Dish

2007 Best Sushi Maui Time Weekly

2008 Wine Spectator magazine Award of Excellence

2008 “Best Sushi Bar” The Maui News, Best of Maui

2008 Best Sushi Maui Time Weekly

2009 “Best Asian Restaurant” (Silver), Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi magazine

2009 “Best Sushi Bar” The Maui News, Best of Maui

2009 “Best Japanese” The Maui News, Best of Maui

2009 “Best Seafood” (Hon. Mention) The Maui News, Best of Maui

2009 “Best Pupu” (Hon. Mention) The Maui News, Best of Maui

2009 Best Sushi Maui Time Weekly

2010 “Best Sushi” (Gold), Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi magazine

2010 “Best Late Night” (Gold), Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi magazine

2010 Best Sushi Maui Time Weekly

2011 Best Sushi Maui Time Weekly

2012 “Best Sushi” (Gold), Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi magazine

2012 “Best Late Night” (Gold), Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi magazine

2012 “Best Asian” (Silver), Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi magazine

2012 “Best Sushi Bar” The Maui News, Best of Maui

2012 Best Sushi Maui Time Weekly

2013“Best Sushi Bar” The Maui News, Best of Maui

2013 Best Sushi Maui Time Weekly

2014 “Best Sushi” (Silver), Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi magazine

2014 “Best Asian” (Silver), Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi magazine

2014 Best Sushi Maui Time Weekly

2014 “Best Asian” (Silver), Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi magazine

2015 Best Sushi Maui Time Weekly

2016 Wine Spectator magazine Award of Excellence

2016 “Best Sushi Bar, Best Japanese Restaurant, and Best Early Bird Special,” The Maui News, Best of Maui

Sansei Waikiki Beach, Oahu

2000 ‘Ilima Award – Critic’s Choice

2000 “The Taste at Kapolei” – People’s Choice Award

2001 TWO HONOLULU magazine Hale ‘Aina Awards (Best New Restaurant; Best O‘ahu Restaurants)

2001 The Honolulu Advertiser “O‘ahu’s 100 Best Restaurants”

2002 HONOLULU magazine Hale ‘Aina Award

2002 The Honolulu Advertiser “Hawai‘i’s 100 Best Restaurants”

2003 HONOLULU magazine Hale ‘Aina Award

2003 The Honolulu Advertiser “Hawai‘i’s 100 Best Restaurants”

2004 Wine Spectator magazine Award of Excellence

2004 HONOLULU magazine Hale ‘Aina Gold Award

004 The Honolulu Advertiser “Hawai‘i’s 100 Best Restaurants”

2005 HONOLULU magazine Hale ‘Aina Gold Award

2005 Gayot.com Top Ten Wine Lists

2006 HONOLULU magazine Hale ‘Aina Silver Award

2007 HONLULU magazine “Best Karaoke Bar”

2007 Wine Enthusiast magazine Award of Unique Distinction

2014 HONOLULU magazine Hale ‘Aina Award – “Top Write-In Vote”—Best Sushi

Sansei Kihei, Maui

2003, 2004 The Honolulu Advertiser “Hawai‘i’s 100 Best Restaurants”

2003 HONOLULU Magazine Hale ‘Aina Award

2003 “Most Innovative Menu” 2nd Place, Maui No Ka ‘Oi mag

2004 “Most Innovative Menu”, Nō Ka ‘Oi magazine

2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 “Best Sushi” and “Best Late-Night”, Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi magazine

2004, 2005, 2006 HONOLULU magazine Hale ‘Aina Gold Award

2005 “Best Sushi Bar” The Maui News, Best of Maui

2005, ’06 “Top Ten Seafood Restaurants Hawai’i” Gayot.com

2006 “Best Appetizer” – “A Taste of Lahaina”

2007 HONOLULU magazine Hale ‘Aina Bronze Award

2008 “Best Sushi Bar” The Maui News, Best of Maui

2009 “Best Asian Restaurant” (Silver), Nō Ka ‘Oi magazine

2010 “Best Sushi” (Gold), Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi magazine

2010 “Best Late Night” (Gold), Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi magazine

2011 Best Asian Restaurant (Silver) Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi magazine

2011 Best Late Night Dining (Gold) Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi magazine

2011 Best Sushi (Gold) Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi magazine

2012 Best Asian Restaurant (Silver) Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi magazine

2012 Best Late Night Dining (Gold) Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi magazine

2012 Best Sushi (Gold) Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi magazine

2013 Best Sushi (Gold) Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi magazine

2014 Best Asain Restaurant (Silver) Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi magazine

2014 Best Sushi (Silver) Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi magazine

2007-2015 Best Sushi Maui Time Reader’s Poll

2016 “Best Sushi Bar, Best Japanese Restaurant, and Best Early Bird Special,” The Maui News, Best of Maui

Sansei Waikaloa Beach, Hawai'i Island

2008 First Place, Pro. Division, Great Waikoloa Poke Contest

2009 – HONOLULU magazine Hale ‘Aina Silver Award

2009, 2011, 2012 & 2014, “Best Japanese Restaurant” North Hawaii News

`2012 – HONOLULU magazine Hale ‘Aina Bronze Award

Sansei Seattle, Washington

One of Zagat’s Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings of 2016

DK Steakhouse, Waikiki Beach, Oahu

2006 Gayot.com – “Top Ten Steakhouse Restaurants in Hawai‘i”

2006, 2007 – Wine Enthusiast magazine – Award of Distinction

2008 – Wine Spectator magazine Award of Excellence

2016 – Critic’s Pick, ‘Ilima Awards, Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Vino Italian Tapas and Wine Bar, Honolulu

2015 Travel+Leisure America’s Best Wine Bar

2016 Open Table “Diner’s Choice Award”

2017 Open Table “Fit for Foodies” top ten

2017 Open Table “Diner’s Choice Award”

2017 James Beard Foundation nominee Outstanding Wine Program

2017 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence