ChefConnect: Hawaii

Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & SpaApril 3–5, 2016. Central and Western Region members head to Hawaii Island for the Spirit of Aloha. Comprised of five distinct volcanoes, The Big Island is an unrivaled expression of the power of nature. NativeHawaiian cuisine started with the first Polynesians who arrived with fruit and plants to cultivate the new land. Today, modern regional cuisine beautifully reflects the fusion of global influences and local products. Join us for a culinary exploration of local and regional cuisine along with industry trends, education and networking.

Big Island Events

October 2016


November 6-15, 2015
Sheraton Keauhou Beach Resort & Spa

November 15, 2015
GEMS (Girls Education & Mentoring Service)
Dr.  Carol Whitaker and Jean Hull will handle the breakfast and
Simone White the will conduct the three workshops. 

December 3, 2016
King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel

February 26, 2016
Kings' Shops Wailkoloa Beach Resort
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

ACF Sponsored Events / Contacts 

Kona Coffee  Cultural Festival

Christmas at Kamakahonu Bay: 
Dining with the Chefs - December
Chairman: Steve Marquard

Jean Hull
(808) 326-2350


Agricultural Committee
Ken Love
Love Family Farms
808 323 2417 

Chef and Child

Dr. Carol Whitaker
(808) 333-5442

Pastery Chef Suzanne Bearth with her winning Pots Du Creme recipe
at the Kona Coffee Festval

Friday, October 9, 20156:00-8:00 p.m. at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, Big Island of Hawai'i Price: $40 presale, $60 at the door .

Tickets: Available online until 3:00 pm October 4

Details: Over 30 Hawai'i chefs prepare culinary "tastes" using 100 percent grass-fed beef, pork, lamb, goat, mutton and wild boar—plus fresh island fruit and vegetables. Attendees graze at culinary stations while visiting vendor booths to meet the farmers and ranchers who grow our food.

Diners graze at Mealni's Taste of the Hawaiian Range at the Waikoloa Hilton 

Stroll under the stars and meet the chefs from the Kohala Coast as they offer tasting stations throughout the center with some of the finest local cuisine. 
Dessert station presented by the patisserie students from
Hawaii Community College-West Hawaii. 
Silent auction items to bid on
at many Kings’ Shops retailers

Tickets $45 in advance • $55 at the door
Wine and beer scrips $3.00 each
(2 for Wine/1 for Beer)

Phone (808) 329-2522 to charge tickets by phone.

Christmas with The Chefs
at Kamakahonu Bay

December 3, 2016

Tickets are available now for Christmas at Kamakahonu Bay.
$85 each
or reserve 
VIP table seating 10 for $1,000. 
VIP tables will be treated with specialty pupu by Hawaii Regional Cuisine founding Chef Amy Ferguson and each table will receive a bottle of red and white wine.

Purchase online at 
or at Kailua Candy Company, 
Clark Realty Kona, 
Kona Wine Market, Westside Wines Kona
and Bentleys in Waimea.

Phone (808) 329-2522 for info and to also charge tickets by phone.

Overlooking the twinkling lights of Kailua Village and the slopes of Hualalai, "Christmas at Kamakahonu Bay-Dining with the Chefs" will sprawl on the hotel’s historic, seaside lu‘au grounds. The setting sun will kick off the event from 5:30-8 p.m.

Most recently called Christmas at the Fairmont and Christmas at Kona Village, the festive holiday gala was held at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel in 1994.

“It’s a great pleasure to return the event to this historic property in Kailua Village,” shared event founder Jean Hull, CCE. 

The fundraiser benefits local culinary students attending HawCC in Kona.

Twenty top Hawai‘i chefs and confectioners will use primarily locally sourced ingredients to prepare tantalizing cuisine with a holiday twist—all accompanied by handcrafted ales, wines and 100 percent Kona coffee. Attendees can enjoy live music and dancing under the stars, plus an exciting silent auction.

Stephen Marquard of Bargreen Ellingson is our chair for this benefit:

March 16

Sheraton Kona Resort Convention Center 

Poke contest fun is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and includes Hawai’i Island Marketplace, a “Poke Throw Down,” a celebrity “Poke Chop” cookoff, guest speakers, entertainment by Royal Hawaii Band Kona and cultural demonstrations. Public poke tasting is 12:30 p.m.

Entry fee is $15 for amateurs and $30 for professionals—culinary students can participate for free. High schoolers can enter in a new High School Division and college culinary students are welcome to again vie in the non-professional category. 

Friday & Saturday
May 13 & 14, 2016
Hapuna Price

The Fifth Annual Big Island Chocolate Festival Gala, being held from 5:30-9 pm on Saturday May 14th,  blends three events into one decadent evening! A professional  food competition judged by celebrity chefs, a fundraiser to benefit the Kona Kohala Chef’s Association scholarship program for local culinary college students and enrichment programs for the Kona Pacific Public Charter School, and a fabulous evening of sweet and savory chocolate tastings, wine tasting, live music and dancing.

This year we debut a new venue, with the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel offering fantastic room rates and an indoor/outdoor space for the Gala evening. Every ticket also includes an all-you-can-enjoy Mole and salad bar and Bacardi drink station. VIP tickets include a fine wine bar, dedicated seating, and first entry into the event at 5 pm.

To kick off the 2016 Festival, we have put together some great ticket and room packages for you to give to your loved ones and party friends for the holidays!

For questions regarding the chefs or judges, please contact Farsheed Bonakdar, Cocoa Outlet, 808- 324-6100, or

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