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Entrance to Benihana of Tokyo at Hilton Hawaiian Village with strong typographic elements

Benihana of Tokyo at Hilton Hawaiian Village

Located in the heart of Waikiki, the restaurant has been in the Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort & Spa for over 40 years.  Unlike the last refurbishment done over a decade ago, this renovation project pursued for a new look: a new and evolved Benihana that embraced its history.  The design challenge was to incorporate classical Japanese qualities in a modern way to compliment the over 200 years old farmhouse from Japan.

Entrance to Benihana of Tokyo at Hilton Hawaiian Village
Location

Honolulu, Hawai'i

Awards
  • BIA Renaissance Building & Remodeling 2012 Grand Award

The design intention was to bring out Benihana’s identity and Japanese qualities using modern materials to make a distinctive difference from other teppan-yaki (a type of Japanese cuisine where food is prepared in front of the customers using an iron griddle) restaurants.  As the first teppan-yaki restaurant that was established in the United States, the major consideration was to convey that architecturally. 

Dining tables at Benihana of Tokyo at Hilton Hawaiian Village with typography-filled walls in the background
Dining tables at Benihana of Tokyo at Hilton Hawaiian Village
Dining tables at Benihana of Tokyo at Hilton Hawaiian Village