A taste of the Hawaiian islands awaits near Iwakuni at Mahalo Cafe
Folks stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, can get a taste of the Hawaiian islands at nearby Mahalo Cafe.
Owner and chef Akira Hamasaki is a Japanese gentleman who speaks English and has a love for surfing, live music and food.
Hamasaki based Mahalo — which is just a short walk from Iwakuni’s west gate on a street Americans call the “Yellow Brick Road” — after the bar Tom Cruise frequented in “Top Gun.” He serves quality food that doesn’t break the bank, and once a month the restaurant hosts a live band to entertain diners. Genres range from jazz to pop.
Mahalo’s dishes include garlic shrimp, avocado salad, Hawaiian-style spare ribs and loco moco, which I ordered based on Hamasaki’s recommendation.
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