Sun-Thu: 10:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat: 10:30am-11pm
98-020 Kamehameha Highway, Unit 106, Aiea, HI 96701
Founder Kenichiro Mitsui met Tomoji Onishi in Sappporo when Tomoji was an apprentice of a famous Sapporo Ramen specialty store. In no time, they shook hands and entered into a partnership. Kenichiro was to take care of the business matters and Tomoji was to focus on cooking and operation. They were both 26 years old. The first Ezogiku opened in 1968 in the Waseda University district of Tokyo. The store was so small that it only accommodated 8 counter seats and served only three types Sapporo Ramen on the menu: Miso, Shoyu, and Shio Ramen. Over time, that store become so popular that lines formed even after midnight.
After a couple years of successful operation in Japan, the first oversea operation, Ezogiku Inc. was established in Hawaii in 1974. They became the first ramen specialized restaurant in Hawaii. Currently there are two Ezogiku locations in Tokyo, Japan, and three in Hawaii, including the one here at Waimalu Shopping Center.
Ezo is the ancient name of the northern island of Japan (now known as Hokkaido), where Sapporo Ramen originated. Giku (kiku) means chrysanthemum, the national flower of Japan. Together it forms their EzoGiku name.