Category Archives: Giving Back

Irish Day at Pearl City High School

Posted on April 24, 2017 by admin
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  It was a great day to spend with the students of Pearl City High School getting ready for Irish Day!   We talked about all the things needed to run a kitchen.  Menu planning, the cost of items, execution of our plan, and overall life as a chef.  I'd like to thank their teacher Shawn Kimball for having me and letting me be a part of their day!  As you can see from the above picture shared by their teacher, they did an outstanding job! #FutureChefs  [bctt tweet="Help be a part of building our #Future culinary minds!" username="tikisgrill"]   ... Read more

14th Annual Taste of Kick Start

Posted on September 10, 2016 by admin
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Another Year, Another Kick Start On September 4, I was happy to be a part of the Taste of Kick Start for another year in a row. This is a gala put on by Kick Start Karate, a nonprofit founded in 1994 by then Assistant Chief of Police Lee D. Donohue and Mrs. Amy Abe, an Educator from Waipahu High School. The mission statement of the organization is: "To provide alternative activities to combat anti-social youth gang membership in a welcoming environment while encouraging positive changes and enhanced quality of life with all participants through building leadership skills and a sense of empowerment, resulting in more productive citizens, and ultimately, a healthier society." Youth who are enrolled in the program are required to practice karate, as well as maintain an acceptable grade average.  The Taste of Kick Start is a fundraiser with food booths, beverages, and a silent auction. All proceeds go to benefit Kick Start's goal of keeping youth off the streets.  My wife Suni put her name down for some delicious smelling 100% K... Read more

The Palama Settlement 808 Junior Chef Team Visits Tiki’s

Posted on July 14, 2016 by admin
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The Palama Settlement 808 Junior Chef Team Visits Tiki’s July is National Culinary Arts Month. In honor of this, I wanted to share two experiences that are close to my heart - both involve working with local youth who are interested in breaking into the field of culinary arts. It's so important to light a fire under these kids who will become the next generation of pioneers and pirates in the kitchen, and who can keep our Hawaii Regional Cuisine movement alive, while challenging it and making it better. Their First Real Restaurant It was a revelation. The email had come from Larry Sweets, the youth recreation specialist at the Palama Settlement in Kalihi. He wrote to thank us for dinner and offer to have some of the kids from Palama’s fire knife dancing and hula programs perform at Tiki’s. A few days earlier we had hosted three boys from Palama’s 808 Junior Chef Showdown team for dinner. According to Larry the visit to Tiki’s was the “first time any of them have been to a real restaurant”. What struck me was that these kids were already... Read more

Getting a Taste for Cuisine at Pearl City High School

Posted on July 12, 2016 by admin
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July is National Culinary Arts Month. In honor of this, I wanted to share two experiences that are close to my heart - both involve working with local youth who are interested in breaking into the field of culinary arts. It's so important to light a fire under these kids who will become the next generation of pioneers and pirates in the kitchen, and who can keep our Hawaii Regional Cuisine movement alive, while challenging it and making it better. Since 2013 I have been paired with Pearl City High School’s Culinary Arts Academy through the Hawaii Culinary Education Foundation. For those who may not be familiar with the HCEF, it was created by a group of visitor industry leaders, top chefs and culinary education officials in 1998 for the sole purpose of supporting culinary arts education in Hawaii. The high school mentoring program is just one of the ways the HCEF achieves their mission. More than Just a Cooking Class As chef mentors our job is not just to go out and demonstrate how to prepare a specific dish but to also share our experience and kno... Read more

MDA Spring Soiree: Great food for a great cause

Posted on April 20, 2016 by admin
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 Something Lite for the MDA Spring Soiree  For many food lovers, spring is a time to leave behind the hearty meat dishes of autumn and winter and look forward to more fresh fruits and vegetables. With longer days and fine weather it just seems to take a little less resolve to get out, get active and eat healthier. At this year’s Muscular Dystrophy Association Spring Soiree we are preparing a healthy but decadent vegetarian dish to celebrate the season and help raise funds for the MDA.  Supporting People with Muscular Dystrophy and ALS The Hawaii MDA works year round to fund research toward finding a cure for muscular dystrophy and helps individuals and families in Hawaii that are affected by the disease. In addition to contributing to research the Hawaii MDA provides a clearing house for information and support for people with degenerative muscle diseases and their families. Each year the Hawaii MDA also runs a special summer camp on Oahu’s North Shore at Camp Erdman. The Spring Soiree, now in its 17th year, is their biggest fundraiser and T... Read more

Going Long for the Hawaii Culinary Education Fund

Posted on April 22, 2015 by admin
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 The Hawaii Culinary Education Fund’s (HCEF) annual golf tournament fundraiser was held on Monday, April 6 at the Kapolei Golf Course. This is the primary annual fundraising event for the HCEF. Since 1998 the HCEF has been dedicated to providing opportunities for culinary arts students in Hawaii to gain exposure to and experience working with the best local and visiting chefs in the industry. The day begins with the team registration and buffet lunch from 10 a.m. and at noon it’s time to step up to the tee. For those not familiar with charity golf tournaments, they often have a special starting format and some different rules. For the HCEF tournament there was a shotgun start at noon, meaning each foursome starts at the same time from a different hole on the course. This should get everyone into the clubhouse in plenty of time for the big gala awards dinner. It’s also played as a four person scramble, which means everyone in the foursome tees off and then everyone shoots their second shot from the best lie among the group. This usually makes for some int... Read more

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