Category Archives: Tiki’s

French Toast and Fruit Kebabs in Under 4 Minutes

Posted on July 29, 2016 by admin
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We’re Almost Out of Time Not long ago I had a chance to tackle another recipe from the pages of the Honolulu Star Advertiser live on the Hawaii News Now Sunrise Show. When doing any kind of cooking show or demonstration I always try to show as much of the actual preparation as possible while still keeping it interesting. In front of the cameras there is added pressure because you’re working on a very tight schedule with very little room for even the smallest thing to go wrong. Preparation is a big part of any well executed dish, whether that means demonstrating a recipe in under four minutes, putting out six-hundred plates at a fundraiser or just making a great meal at home. Just Relax Trying to look relaxed while racing to get the dish put together can be challenging. I should admit here I’m not a big morning person. Despite my best intentions I’m usually operating on less than the optimal amount of sleep. Maybe that’s a good thing. Despite the early wake-up calls, these things are still fun. Staying relaxed, either in front of the camera o... 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

Tiki’s New Belgium Beer Dinner

Posted on April 07, 2016 by admin
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After our first Tiki’s beer dinner in January was such a success we were looking for an excuse to do it again. Back in January we featured six of Kona Brewing Company’s best brews with pairings like New England style clam bake with Lemongrass Luau and spumoni fritta with Pipeline Porter. After such a fun and flavorful event it was just a matter of time before we came up with some more inspired food and beer parings. We didn’t have to wait long as New Belgium Brewing Company’s arrival in Hawaii last month gave us a whole new selection of beers to try. Our New Belgium Beer Dinner last month (March 26) was an amazing success with some mouthwatering pairings.  My Beer and Food Pairing Manifesto I believe anything you eat with beer should not be subtle. Beer is something you can quaff. It’s a hearty drink with bold flavors and any food pairings need to stand up to that. When planning for a beer dinner I am thinking salty, spicy, smoky, crispy, rich and creamy. The same kinds of flavor you find with popular beer foods like nachos and cheese and Buf... Read more

Last Minute Valentine’s Plans

Posted on February 14, 2016 by admin
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With Valentine's Day upon us, it is still not too late to enjoy a fantastic evening with us at Tiki's! We have a delicious 4 course dinner lined up. Visit the Tiki's Grill & Bar website to make your reservations. It was a privilege to recently be featured on KHON2 News Living808 Hawaii’s Kitchen, making a couple of dishes of the Valentine's day menu: the Surf & Turk entree and Watermelon Heart Salad!  Come join us tonight for an evening of romance or just relaxing and fun.    ... Read more

Tiki’s “Kona Brewing” Beer Dinner

Posted on January 08, 2016 by admin
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  Join me on Monday, January 11th at 6pm at Tiki's Grill & Bar for the "Kona Brewing Company Beer Dinner".  I will pair the dinner menu with a lineup of Brew Master Ryan McVeigh's Kona Brewing Company beers.  See full line up at and get tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tikis-grill-bar-presents-kona-brewing-company-beer-dinner-tickets-19894467889  Brewmastser Ryan McVeigh began his professional brewing career in Colorado in the year 2000; he then moved to Boise, Idaho and brewed for Big Horn Brewing Co. Finding that the "big city life" was not for him, he searched for a larger brewery in a small town environment. When Kona Brewing Co brought him to the islands in 2005, it turned out to be exactly what he was looking for. He has since worked in every capacity of the brewing process at Kona Brew, from cleaning kegs to lab work, filtration operations to sales. He currently holds the title of Brewery Manager and Brewmaster. To give you a sneak peek... the second course will feature a Lemongrass Luau Ale. Lemongrass Luau is a cr... Read more

Taste of the Hawaiian Range

Posted on October 08, 2015 by admin
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Going back for my fourth appearance at Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range, it seems like we finally have it down. My first two times with Roy’s went smoothly enough but two years ago, representing Tiki’s Grill & Bar, we found ourselves unexpectedly in the middle of an obstacle course. We pretty much had to sprint to the finish in order to pull it off in time. The first hurdle was the Kona Ironman triathlon. We were unknowingly coming in just a week ahead of the world championships. This turned out to be one of the busiest days for traveling to the Big Island as the athletes were arriving early to acclimatize to the weather and the time zone. We managed to get a reservation on an early flight so getting there wouldn’t have been a problem; except for our second hurdle. My First High Security Sauce Alert Each year 30 to 40 chefs are assigned a specific cut of beef or Big Island pasture-raised pork, mutton, goat or feral pig. Two years ago we were assigned mutton and as part of the preparation for the event we had made our marinade ahead o... Read more