Imari Japanese Restaurant at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. Decked out with an impressive display of Imari porcelain, waterfalls, and a teahouse, this elegant restaurant serves sukiyaki and tempura for mainland tastes and for a small fortune. (Menu items are a bit overpriced.) Other options include teppanyaki (beef or shrimp cooked table-side), washoku (an authentic Japanese dining experience with new-wave and classical cuisine), and a sushi–sashimi bar.
Because the acoustics aren't the best, the restaurant can get loud when crowded. Private dining in the teahouse overlooks a koi pond. Hilton Waikoloa Village, 425 Waikoloa Beach Dr., Kohala Coast, HI, 96743. 808/886–1234. www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com. No lunch.