I was looking for a Sushi bar too, I was sent to one by the Hyatt, not that good and over priced!
Aloha. We got home from Honolulu this morning after a week of glorious snorkeling and not-so-glorious TRAFFIC! Bumper-to-bumper on the H1 freeway regardless of time of day.
Anyhow, I found a fantastic, inexpensive sushi bar: Genki Sushi. It's about a half-mile or so north of the Honolulu Zoo. And just a block further north is the Leonard's Bakery, with its amazing walasadas. (My daughter loved the ones filled with coconut custard; I preferred the plain cinnamon ones.) Delicious but mega-caloric.
And for buying gifts/souvenirs/Hawaiiana, I strongly recommend the "Swap Meet" (really a huge outdoor market) just outside Aloha Stadium on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays. The prices were half of those in Waikiki.
We decided that we love visiting Honolulu but don't want to live there: too expensive (the home prices are sky-high, even compared to here in the SF Bay area) and too crowded.
On the other hand, today I received an email job offer on the windward side...!
Weekday rush hour drive time from Hanauma Bay to Waikiki will run one hour now that school is in session. Rush hour is between 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. in that direction. Going in the opposite direction will only take a half-hour. There's only one route. Head west on Kalanianaohe Hwy. then onto the H-1 until you hit Kapiolani Blvd.
Best sushi is Yanagi Sushi. It is not cheap but you get the best cuts of fish.
Best cheap sushi is Genki Sushi. It's a chain of sushi restaurants. They serve sushi via conveyor belt. Plates start at $1.20 (two pieces). Many locations including Ala Moana Shopping Center, Kapahulu, and Pearl City.