Category Archives: History

Biking with my Babe

Posted on October 05, 2013 by admin

Currently on the Big Island for Taste of the Hawaiian Range Event you can find out more about that on my previous blog post. I've been prepping for that this week so too busy to write other then to post a pic of me and my beautiful wife out riding my Harley around the island. She is my rock and my love and the person that has stuck by my side all the way and helped to make this life possible. Talk to yas next week.... Read more


Posted on August 15, 2013 by admin

Things are rolling right along as the summer winds down. We've got our labels and bottles in for our Passion-Lilikoi Salad Dressing that I'll be whipping up a batch of tonight on our first housemade run. My brothers coming in tomorrow which would have been fun to take some extra time off. Sunday a very special kid from Make A Wish is coming to work side-by-side with me and design a dish to sell for Sunday evening's dinner special. Half of all sales of that dish will go back to Make A Wish so I encourage you to come into Tiki's this coming Sunday. I'll be posting about the experience next week hopefully. Finally this week I'd like to encourage all of you to take a minute and VOTE TIKI'S in the 2014 Hale Aina Awards for 'Best Place to Take a Visitor' and if you would be so kind as to write us in for 'Best Seafood' and 'Best Barfood'. We work very hard all year to bring our A-game and we'd appreciate the recognition. Also, if we win the gold we will through a party. Thanks in advance! That's all I have for now, hope your staying cool, more to come!... Read more

A Busy Chef

Posted on July 26, 2013 by admin

Going non-stop in these hot days of summer. I’ll be at Real Beer Fest this weekend where I’ll be baking up my Big Isle Beef Cakes, come have a drink with me and taste these bad boys. Cooking it up at the Touch of Iolani the following Saturday. On Friday August 16th I’m doing a demo for the Made in Hawaii Festival at the Blaisdale. We should have our newly bottled Lilikoi Salad Dressing launching for sale at this event! All while running a busy kitchen during the craziest time of year. Needless to say I got lot’s going on so I'm going to make this short. Just wanted to check in and give you an update. Follow the links if you want to come and see me at any of these. Aloha... Read more

Locally Grown

Posted on April 27, 2013 by admin

[caption id="attachment_117" align="alignright" width="584"] Nalo Farms, a local farm on Oahu where we get a lot of our produce.[/caption] Locally grown and raised is the big trend right now and that’s a wonderful thing. It’s how it was in Hawaii for millennia.  It’s a return to an authentic past. The resources and spices and plants and vegetables of your local region are utilized. It just makes more sense, it’s fresh, it’s supporting local farming and it’s healthier. Take it one step further, if animal husbandry was more common there possibly wouldn’t be things like swine flu for example. When killing a pig or any other animal, for that matter, and taking direction from the worlds pauper cuisines, you wouldn’t waste any of it. If I could raise a pig and chickens without pissing my neighbors off then I would! What we do grow at home right now is an herb garden with basil and rosemary chili peppers, Hawaiian and Korean peppers, bananas, papayas, avocados, yuzu tree (no fruit yet), calamansi, mango tree, tangerine tree, trying to get a taro garde... Read more

It’s the Sauce, Stupid

Posted on April 13, 2013 by admin

A sauce is often the last thing you taste, that’s why they are important. Designing sauces is a lifelong journey. We make our sauces from scratch at Tiki’s. The most interesting thing in my apprenticeship was learning how to make sauces. The Saucier that I trained under, Mark Brathwaite at Copley Plaza Hotel, was from the island of Barbados and learned mostly from French and German Chefs on Cruise Ships. He had long dark dreadlocks and sported a new Lincoln Town Car and could sing like a nightingale.  It was the 80’s and he was in a Reggae band in Boston.  He was SO into what he did, his sauces and his music. That’s the wonderful thing about this trade; it’s so eclectic. I remember we would taste things and we’d make gallons of sauce based off those tastes for the high-end Copley Plaza and the Back Bay Hilton. They were sister hotels with the Park Plaza in New York City. You gotta understand the components salt, pepper, acid, sweet, sour, sugar; your basic flavors. What kind of spice component? Bags of Lobster bodies, 50 pound bags of onions... Read more

The Choices We Make

Posted on January 11, 2013 by admin

It’s funny, maybe terrifying when you think how the choices you make now affect your life in the future. “Long and treacherous is the path of the straight and narrow.” When I was 20 the 1989 economy was going south, especially where I grew up in Massachusetts. Tourism wasn’t that big out there except for pockets like Cape Cod and such. Restaurants were closing left and right. I had developed some really close connections, one being with Kent Bacon.  I had worked with him in Massachusetts at a restaurant on a lake.  He’s a Korean adoptee that reconnected with his biological mother in Hawaii, he was my first experience with Asian culture, the first that would turn out to be many. So my high school buddy, Mark and I decided to take the plunge as the options became less and less for me in MA. We moved to Oahu seeking a grand adventure with Kent and Janice’s (his wife’s) help. We had nothing to lose! Mark and I sold our cars, saved a few grand and left. When I was young planning for the future wasn’t a consideration. Little did I know how th... Read more