Scott Kikkawa answers some crucial questions for his memorable main character.
Stakes are high in Kikkawa’s novels. Life or death. Nothing is immaterial. Except these questions. Here’s the half-scoops on Nisei Homicide Detective Sergeant Francis “Sheik” Yoshikawa!
- Uhu. Eating coral, like police work, is a hard existence, but some fish—and folks—don’t have a choice.
- Shave ice: Any flavor with azuki beans. Shave ice, like people, are all the same—pretty colors hiding something dark and heavy.
- Crack seed: Lemon peel. It’s what life really tastes like—an initial hint of sweetness before a bitter punch in the mouth that never really goes away.
- Dim sum: Spare ribs. Just cut to the chase and get to the meat of it.
What are Sheik’s recommendations for places to go (or not go) in 1950s Honolulu? Favorite beach?
- Restaurant recommendation: Canlis. Nothing beats a pretty girl in a kimono coming at you with a steak and a martini.
- Restaurant to avoid: The Kau Kau Korner. How the hell can a round building next to a glorified drainage ditch really be the “Crossroads of the Pacific?”
- Favorite beach: They’re all nice until a corpse washes up on one or gets buried under the sand. Then it’s just another workspace.