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A Hana to table Culinary Experience

Friends and family are invited to gather in the pristine and picturesque town of Hana July 15 & 16, to celebrate Hawaiian culture, cuisine, and community. Ala Kukui, a non-profit retreat center based in Hana, will launch its inaugural culinary fundraiser, Hana Ku: Aha Aina, bringing together some of the state’s most sought-after chefs.

Friends, family and fellowship…at Hana Ku

“When brought together in the spirit of respect and sharing, only one thing happens: magic – and we want to share that with our community and those who wish to see our practices flourish,” said Ala Kukui Executive Director Kaui Kanaka‘ole.
Hana Ku: Aha Aina — The Hana to Table Culinary Experience features:

  • Chef Mark Noguchi (The Pili Group)
  • Chef Mark Pomaski (Moon and Turtle Hilo)
  • Chef Sheldon Simeon (Tin Roof Maui)
  • Chef Isaac Bancaco (Andaz Wailea)
  • Chef Bella Toland (Travaasa Hana)
  • Hana’s Akoi and Lind ‘ohana

Together, the Chefs and families will prepare dishes using locally obtained ingredients, sharing the process and preparation with the evening’s guests.

Chef Mark Noguchi of Pili Group and Chef Sheldon Simeon from Tin Roof.

Here’s a sneak peek at what 2 of the chefs plan on cooking and why they are participating in this event:

Chef Sheldon Simeon
“I plan on making Tinono, grilled pork Ilocano style. with a salad of foraged greens or vegetables found growing on the farm

I have the utmost respect for the native practitioners and have the highest respect for the hunters, fisherman, gatherers, farmers of Hana. They are experts of the land and sea. The seamless relationship between land and people is more than a moment to be witness but lesson learned.

Chef Mark Noguchi
“I am going to be preparing a fresh Ulu Tamale, Hana Ragout and Ma Po He`e!

Events like this are important because it connects us to where we come from. More than any award or fancy shmancy multi-course; cooking with the Hana gang reminds us that it’s not a P&L, it’s not impressing our investors, and it’s not best the “Best Of,” or “Greatest New…” anything. It’s about bringing people together.

Passing knowledge, traditions and cultural experiences from generation to generation are some of the values Ala Kukui focuses on.

Hana Ku: Aha Aina (the dinner) will be held at Ala Kukui Hāna Retreat on Saturday, July 15, 2017, with tickets starting at $175, and table sponsorship opportunities still open. Ala Kukui will also host an Archery Tournament Sunday, July 16, 2017. Seating is limited for both events, and advance purchase is required.

Ala Kukui is a cultural center and retreat in Hana offering healing, celebration and education.

For more information visit Ala Kukui, or call (808) 248-7841.

For a direct link to tickets click here Hana Ku: Aha Aina Event. 

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Olena is Executive Editor, Food & Lifestyle at MAUIWatch. The founder of Olena Heu Communications, a social media, digital marketing, consulting and freelance writing company, Olena holds a BA and MA in Communication and Speech from Hawaii Pacific University. An adjunct professor, lecturer and motivational speaker Olena is also an award winning journalist, writer, photographer and avid traveler.

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