Ramen and raw fish restaurant opens in Hanalei

Photo by Brittany Lyte

Apart from an indoor bar with bench seating, Ama’s dining tables are outdoors.

Photo by Brittany Lyte

The view from Ama, a modern ramen and raw fish restaurant in Hanalei.

HANALEI — Generations of Japanese immigration to Hawaii has made the islands a hub for ramen, the Japanese noodle soup. The problem on Kauai, says local chef and restaurateur Jim Moffat, is that there aren’t all that many places left serving up these slurpable, belly-warming bowls of broth and noodles, apart from the few-and-far-between mom-and-pop shop.