• Indira | Okinawa Hai!
    September 11, 2015

    Indira Indian Restaurant

    Editor’s Note: Indira Indian Restaurant was originally reviewed on Okinawa Hai on November 11, 2013; you can read a PDF copy of that original review here. The post below is an updated take on this restaurant,…
  • Arifoglu Herbal Tea & Spice Bazaar l Okinawa Hai!
    February 27, 2015

    Arifoglu Herbal Tea and Spice Bazaar

    CONTRIBUTED BY ELIZA GROFF This herb and tea shop is the only Turkish spice store that I know of on the island, and is one of the most comprehensive in terms of essential oils, organic teas, and spices.…
  • Café Kokuu l Okinawa Hai!
    July 28, 2014

    Café Kokuu

    CONTRIBUTED BY KATHRYN STRONG When I first arrived in the northern part of Okinawa three years ago, vegetarianism was a little known and often misunderstood concept. Since that time though, I’ve…
  • One Life Cafe l Okinawa Hai!
    June 11, 2014

    One Life Cafe

    CONTRIBUTED BY KATHRYN STRONG It started during the winter when a green smoothie stand suddenly appeared on the roadside in central Nago. I tried one and was hooked. A few months later, the stall…
  • Okinawan Spinach Curry with Lotus Root l Okinawa Hai!
    February 19, 2014

    Cooking Local: Okinawan Spinach Curry with Lotus Root

    CONTRIBUTED BY KELLY GILLOTTI I picked up some Okinawan spinach, or handama (ハンダマ), recently. There are two varieties; one has a beautiful purple color on one side the leaf, and the other…
  • September 3, 2013


    CONTRIBUTED BY HANNAH WILKES I am very excited that within a month of our arrival, I have already found a favorite restaurant! Everything I could have asked for in a restaurant, Dechibica provides.…
  • December 26, 2012

    Dean’s Kitchen

    Editor's Note: We have been informed that this restaurant has moved from the location listed in this post to the Camp Foster Hospital. In its old location is E & C Turkish Kababs. We would…
  • November 28, 2012

    Gilead Health Cafe (Formerly known as Herb Vegetarian Restaurant)

    CONTRIBUTED BY KATHRYN STRONG Being vegetarian in the US is fantastic; even in my hometown of Dallas, it was hard to find a place that wasn’t only able to provide vegetarian food, but was enthusiastic…
  • November 15, 2012

    Gokarna Spice Curry

    CONTRIBUTED BY ANGI BRZYCKI Last march I was working on a project for Tohoku with a group of friends and we'd meet regularly at Naha High school. After we met for the first time, it was suggested…
  • January 1, 2012

    Daikon no Hana

    CONTRIBUTED BY LEAH MAGID Daikon Food When we first came to Okinawa just over a year ago, we were pretty trepidetious about trying new foods. Partially impeded by the profound language barrier and…
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