Sweet Thunder Products The Local Fusion Sushi was created in 2011 by Dawn Cabral. Originally, it was located in Downtown Hilo, and within a few months had moved to Waiakea Villas near Uncle Mikey's. In August 2012, they moved to their current location on 811 Laukapu St. next to Sputniks and Affordable Catering.
The owner, Dawn Cabral, has been making sushi for over 30 years and had always thought about re-starting her restaurant. Many years ago, she had started Sushi ToGo near Kawamoto's Lunch Shop. At the end of 2000, she closed down to spend more time with her family. Now, she is back and with her daughter Krystolyn Onitsuka-Cabral now grown, they work together closely in the kitchen. Although they are the only two sushi makers, Dawn keeps her grandmother's family recipes top secret, even to her daughter.
As her husband does not eat most seafood, Dawn created a sushi shop where people of all tastes can come to enjoy sushi with a local flair. Her husband loves to participate in stock car races and his team is Sweet Thunder, creating the first half of the shop's name - "Sweet Thunder Products." Wanting to emphasize that they serve local flavors, she named it "The Local Fusion Sushi."

In 2012, Dawn was asked to participate in the 1st Annual Hilo Hui held at Moku Ola ('Coconut Island'). There they were able to advertise their food, with over 800 people in attendance. Last year, they returned for the 2nd year with an even bigger turnout. Sweet Thunder Products The Local Fusion Sushi was created in 2011 by Dawn Cabral. Originally, it was located in Downtown Hilo, and within a few months had moved to Waiakea Villas near Uncle Mikey's. In August 2012, they moved to their current location on 811 Laukapu St. next to Sputniks and Affordable Catering. They continue to participate in community events, including these and the University of Hawaii at Hilo's annual Ho'olaulea.

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