The Sushi Bushido Story

Born and raised on Kaua’i, Victor Heresa Jr.’s passion for cooking started at a young age. He started working with traditional Japanese sushi in his early 20s. With his training in traditional sushi and experience over the last thirty plus years, Victor has created a mixture of traditional, contemporary, new wave, and local style sushi. He is well known for his original creations of the Golden Roll, Lava Roll, and many others. His unique and flavorful sushi and delicious lunch and dinner entrees have brought a following of Kauai locals and visitors.

Sushi Bushido opened first in Lihue in 2004. In 2009, Victor moved his popular restaurant to a larger location in Kapa’a town.  In 2019, a brand new space was designed and built at the Coconut Marketplace in Kapaa. He is supported by his wife Karen and mother Vernie. He is the proud father of three boys – Dyllon, Tytan, and Blake.

The Meaning of Bushido

Bushido is the Japanese warrior’s code. Bu-shi-do means literally Military-Knight-Ways. Bushido encompasses a system of moral principles. The basic framework of Bushido consists of chi (wisdom), jin (benevolence), and yu (courage). Those instructed in the code learned through word of mouth and by example and were expected to discipline themselves according to it. The Japanese samurai had great responsibilities, honor, and privileges. The samurai sword was a symbol of their loyalty and honor.

Like the sword is to a samurai, the sushi blade is an important symbol of our craft at Sushi Bushido. Victor has enjoyed passing on the art of making sushi to others, as his Sensei did for him.

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