Category Archives: Youth

Localicious is back!

Posted on March 11, 2018 by admin
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  [video width="1280" height="720" mp4="http://treehousechef.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Kitchen-Creations-w_-Chef-Ronnie-Nasuti-of-Tikis-Grill-and-Bar-Maui-Nui-Venison-Burgers.mp4"][/video] - Mahalo to Grace and the HAWAII NOW KGMB/KHNL/KFVE for featuring Chef Ronnie Nasuti Localicious Hawaii! is back again and we are supporting the cause! They promote participating restaurants who are committed to buying local and features a “Localicious Dish”.  During the month of March buying, that dish supports AG education in our public schools (Veggie U Kit).  Every “Localicious Dish” ordered, the restaurant will donate $1!  Localicious Hawaii is a part of the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation whose mission is: “to support and sustain Hawaii’s agricultural industry by addressing critical needs and services of farmers and the agricultural industry in Hawaii, and by better connecting the farmers with the community and vice-versa. This involves educational and outreach programs in the community, as well as direct marketing, tec... Read more

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