Category Archives: Tiki’s

The Stars Come Out at Flavors by the Bay

Posted on December 03, 2014 by admin
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What more could you ask for than a beautiful evening, the clink of wine glasses and the soothing sounds of Holunape drifting out across the lawn overlooking Kaneohe Bay? We enjoyed a great evening helping out at a fundraising event hosted by Kama'aina Kids at He‘eia State Park on June 27. This first annual event was held to raise funds to rebuild the park’s pavilion that had to be demolished after it was damaged by winds. Flavorful Evening Tiki’s Grill and Bar was one of a dozen of Honolulu’s finest restaurants that came out to support the event. Since the theme of the evening revolved around the bay we served Big Island Abalone and Kahuku Sea Asparagus Spoons with Uni Butter. It was a big hit and it’s always rewarding to showcase our local producers. A Unique Partnership When we were approached by the event organizers, Kama'aina Kids, back in the spring, we were familiar with some of their programs running day care and camps around the island but when they shared with us their goals for the park we agreed to help. Back a few years ago the st... Read more

Invited to cook and teach for a Tahitian Cruise

Posted on October 16, 2014 by admin
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I’m very excited to invite all the cruise fans, Pacific Rim Cuisine connoisseurs and French Polynesia lovers to a very special event. On Monday, October 20 we’ll be hosting a special cruise night at Tiki’s Grill and Bar from 5:30-7:00 pm along with representatives from Ultimate Vacations. We’ll be providing some light pupus and cocktails and I’ll be on hand to talk about the classes that I’m putting together for the 2015 Hale 'Aina Awards Cruise. Ultimate Vacations approached me about being part of this cruise based on Tiki’s consistently being voted by Honolulu Magazine readers as the best restaurant in Waikiki to bring out-of-town guests and as a top pick for great seafood. This is my third stint as the executive chef of a Hale 'Aina award winning restaurant so I feel comfortable I have the background and knowledge to really add something to the experience for the guests that will be joining us on this cruise. This is going to be a small group looking to combine a real culinary experience with an amazing destination. The cruise will be fantas... Read more

Back to School – Lessons Learned at a Touch of Iolani Fundraiser

Posted on August 08, 2014 by admin
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[caption id="attachment_437" align="alignright" width="414"] The 19th annual Touch of ‘Iolani welcomed alumni and their families.[/caption] I had a chance to go back to the Touch of Iolani school fundraising event recently and show some school pride. I grew up in Massachusetts and graduated from a high school culinary program near Boston so I never attended classes there but my son Roman will be graduating from Iolani next spring. It’s been a great school for him and a really fantastic organization to be associated with. This was their 19th annual Touch of Iolani and maybe the 10th one for me. For this year’s event we made Big Island wild boar sausage ragout with French lentils along with pickled onions, kale chips, beet puree and a savory pastry stick. We served it in a compostable bamboo leaf cone   Doing Some Homework My son was there to help and we also got to cruise the other stations, see some of my chef friends and taste some great food. Roman said he loved our dish and 3660 on the Rise who were serving braised boneless beef ribs w... Read more

2014 TripAdvisor Award of Excellence – Winning With Social Media

Posted on May 28, 2014 by admin
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I would like to thank my team for everything they do to help us make Tiki’s a great experience for our guests. We were recently honored with the TripAdvisor 2014 Award of Excellence thanks to everyone’s hard work. This marks the third year in a row that we’ve received the award. A lot goes in to making a large, busy restaurant like Tiki’s a success and social media sites like Yelp, OpenTable, Urbanspoon and TripAdvisor have added another dimension. There are good and bad things, I think, about online reviews but our whole team, from the floor managers and the front of the house staff to the kitchen and the owners have contributed to how well we’ve done. Earning consistently high ratings, good reviews and awards like this one really shows what a strong team we have. The Good TripAdvisor is a pretty powerful social media network for travelers and obviously in Waikiki we are a travel destination. Our clientele is maybe 20% local and 80% visitors. We’re not a franchise so for visitors, a lot of our guests are seeing us for the ... Read more

A Taste for Radio

Posted on May 13, 2014 by admin
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For two decades, Jo McGarry has been the voice of Honolulu’s restaurant scene. Actually she’s covered culinary news across the whole state. I’ve known her for 13 years and during that time she’s been really supportive. The first time I remember her writing something about me she said something about me having “Hollywood good looks”. I’m not going to lie and say I wasn’t flattered, I was. You remember stuff like that. She’s also had a lot of good things to say about my approach to cooking and how I run my kitchen. I appreciate that. Jo is very well respected in the industry and I think everyone appreciates what she does. A couple years ago she was cohost of the Hawaii Restaurant Association big hall of fame gala. That was partly out of respect for how hard she works to showcase local restaurants and respect for how well informed she is about the Hawaii industry. Plus she’s really good in front of a microphone. Definitely better than me. The New MoJo Radio Her long running show, Table Talk has recently gone through a huge overhaul. The n... Read more

Give-N-Grind – Hawaiian Style

Posted on April 25, 2014 by admin
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Somebody asked me the other day why we do fundraisers. We do a lot of events and we just finished the Muscular Dystrophy event at the Royal Hawaiian. It was a great night. The organizers put on a first class event with some great restaurants and I was really proud of my team. I thought about that and I thought about the question and it really comes down to three things: my team; the people at the event; and the food. [caption id="attachment_306" align="aligncenter" width="630"] Mahalo to all the Tiki's Grill & Bar Ohana that volunteered to work the event.Photos by Kat Wade / Special to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Honolulu PulseMore at: http://www.honolulupulse.com/2014/04/pics-mda-spring-soiree-2014[/caption] My Team My staff works really hard at these events and there are a few that sign up to do every single one. They love coming out, being part of the community and representing the restaurant. We get a chance to showcase our people and that’s important. We’re there for exposure too, of course. I want people to know what we have to offer at ... Read more

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