Taiki Kawai brings luxury to the table at Akira, known for presenting the elegant Japanese multicourse kaiseki experience. Out of his small kitchen comes some of the most refined Japanese fare available in Hawai‘i to date. Although dishes are available à la carte, firsttimers should start with the chef ’s seasonal kaiseki omakase, with a full range of boiled, simmered and grilled dishes, plus courses of sashimi and nigiri sushi. The teaser-sized portions associated with kaiseki may not be for everyone, but each dish arrives like a perfect jewel, with the surprise element of the chef ’s choice menu adding to the joy of a meal here. At 1150 S. King St. Open 5 to 10:30 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays. Call 376-0928.