A former Cherry Blossom princess, Hisae grew up in O‘ahu’s Pearl City, one of the nation’s largest Japanese-American communities. She now trains staff and runs human resources, food safety, and quality assurance for Sun Noodle, an artisan noodle manufacturer in Hawai‘i with a global reach. A family-run business, she is the daughter of Sun Noodle’s founder and CEO Hidehito Uki. Her mother, Keiko, is the company’s CFO, and brother Kenshiro is general manager of Sun Noodle New Jersey.
Her family dish is soki soba.