Christmas with the Chefs
Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel
Sat, Dec. 4, 2021 • 5:30 pm


The Big Island’s premier holiday extravaganza. "Christmas  with the Chefs" at Kamakahonu Bay committee was excited about the 31st year of this culinary scholarship benefit. Unfortunately, we had to once again cancel as a result of gathering restrictions.

We plan to be back in 2022 with a great event. Stay tuned!

Chef and the Child

GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science) 

The last event was held December 8, 2022,at Kamehameha School’s Kahalu‘u Manowai. 

The Keiki Fest
TBD. The last event was held April 2020, Waimea. It offered activities for children of all ages. Chef Daniel Theibaut, Chef Jean Marc Heim, and Simone White offered children healthy snacks in an interactive food station. 

  For any problems or questions regarding this site
please contact the webmaster

Chocolate Festival
May 13-14, 2022
Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

Known as Hawaii’s must-attend chocolate extravaganza, the 9th Annual Big Island Chocolate Festival event is October 15-16, 2021. 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 Friday 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 5:00 pm - 9 pm, Saturday, May 14. 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 Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, 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 2022 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: 
Paul Heerlein,



Agricultural Committee
Ken Love
Love Family Farms
808 323 2417 

Chef and Child, Nutrition Programs
Simone White