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Dave “DK” Kodama

Chef / Owner of DK Restaurants

Dave spent three years in Seattle and a decade in Aspen. Off-seasons at the ski resort provided him with time to travel throughout the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean. When he wasn’t traveling, Dave learned the art of making sushi and expanded his culinary skills still further by working for an upscale caterer.

It’s been 14 years since this “local boy” from ‘Aiea, O’ahu, opened his first Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar in Kapalua, Maui. Saying he’s “come a long way, baby,” would be the ultimate understatement. Dave Kodama – known to all as simply “D.K.” (which he says stands for “don’t know”) – now owns and operates nine restaurants on three islands.

D.K. and his wife Lori live in Honolulu with their three children – Brie Ann, Chev, Cashel Bleu. And yes, we know the children all have “cheese” names. We told he had a wry sense of humor, didn’t we?


(Steven’s note)

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