Christmas with the Chefs
Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel
Sat, Dec. 7, 2019 • 5:30 pm

The Big Island’s premier holiday extravaganza. "Christmas  with the Chefs" at Kamakahonu Bay committee is excited about the 31st year of this culinary scholarship benefit. The date is:  Saturday, December 7, 2019, 5:30-8:00 p.m. at The Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, Seaside Lu`au Grounds.

 It will be held on historic grounds of the island of Hawai`i. Kamakahonu (The Turtle Eye) was named for a distinctive lava formation. The four-acre enclosure housed the royal family's compound. From here Kamehameha I ruled all of Hawai`i.

The gala benefit features culinary specialties, fine wines, handcrafted ales, live music and an impressive silent auction. Attendance to this exclusive event is limited to 500 people and tickets are $90 per person. VIP tables for 10 are available for $1250

Buy tickets for Christmas with the Chefs 2019

Chef and the Child

GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science) 

December 10, 2019, Courtyard King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel.
Simone White and Patti Kimball will be cooking up a rainbow of vegetables with three sessions of 5th grade girls.

The Keiki Fest
April 2020, Waimea
Offering activities for children of all ages. Chef Daniel Theibaut, Chef Jean Marc Heim, and Simone White offer children healthy snacks in an interactive food station. 

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Chocolate Festival
***Cancelled for 2020***
The Westin Hapuna Beach Hotel

Known as Hawaii’s must-attend chocolate extravaganza, the 7th Annual Big Island Chocolate Festival event is [TBD]. Produced by the Kona Cacao Association (KCA), the tasty event offers two days of activities to raise awareness of our local cacao industry and demonstrate how to best use chocolate while supporting local beneficiaries.

Fun kicks off on [TBD] with cacao seminars, a cacao plantation tour and college student competition. Saturday brings chocolate culinary demonstrations with celebrity chefs and chocolatiers geared for the advanced or budding chef, and culminates with a fundraising gala from 5:30 pm - 9 pm, Saturday, [TBD]. The gala celebration features over 30 culinary booths providing savory and sweet options, unlimited wine and beer tastings and a live silent auction. Local high school culinary programs create their own stations and compete for the people's choice award. The event includes a professional food competition judged by celebrity chefs, as well as energetic live music and dancing.

The festival will again be hosted at the The Westin Hapuna Beach Hotel, which is offering fantastic room rates and a sprawling, indoor/outdoor space for the gala evening. Every gala ticket includes an all-you-can-enjoy mole and salad bar. VIP tickets feature a fine wine bar, dedicated seating and first entry into the event at 5 pm.

To kick off the 2020 Festival, KCA has put together some great ticket and room packages for you to give to your loved ones and party friends for the holidays! Please visit the event website for more information,

For questions regarding the chefs or judges, please contact Kona Kohala Chef Assn. member Farsheed Bonakdar of the Cocoa Outlet,

808- 324-6100, or

ACF Sponsored Events / Contacts 

Christmas with the Chefs: 
Chairman: Kelly Drysdale 



Agricultural Committee
Ken Love
Love Family Farms
808 323 2417 

Chef and Child, Nutrition Programs
Simone White