Culinary Journey

Chef Wayne Hirabayashi will be among the participating chefs in The Connoisseur’s Culinary Journey. ©David Murphey

Take a five-day gastronomic adventure with chefs

So the adventure begins with the ultimate destination being the Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival (HFWF) later this year.  As a lead-up to the seventh annual HFWF, organizers will once again hold their Connoisseur’s Culinary Journey from May 29-June 2. The immersive five-day exploration of farming, food and cuisine in the Islands will be hosted by some of Hawai‘i’s top chefs and end with a exquisite dinner and fireworks under the stars at The Kahala Hotel & Resort.

“It’s exciting to return to our roots with another culinary journey that honors our deep connection to everything that’s grown, raised and caught locally,” says HFWF chief executive officer Denise Yamaguchi in a released statement. “This is an opportunity to show in a meaningful way our mission to ‘Taste Our Love for the Land.’”

Since its inception in 2011, HFWF’s mission has been to expose Hawai‘i’s efforts to be sustainable and more food secure. Farmers, ranchers, fishermen interact with chefs and the public to open a dialogue about our farms and waters, and to embrace the idea of  “Grown Here, Not Flown Here.”

“This is a privilege for us to highlight the abundant and rich cultural and community resources on the Waiʻanae Coast,” says Kalei Kailihiwa, regional director for Waiʻanae, Kamehameha Schools. “We’ve witnessed the successful results of community coming together to share resources and promote sustainable practices, including food production. Community success and how it affects the well-being of those who live on this coast is an important story to tell.”  

The exclusive Connoisseur’s Culinary Journey is priced at $6,995 per couple. The journey includes a five-night stay in an ocean view room at The Kahala Hotel & Resort, chef-guided tours, ground transportation and airfare to Kaua‘i and many memorable meals. Participating chefs will include Kahala Hotel & Resort executive chef Wayne Hirabayashi, Pili Group’s Mark "Gooch" Noguchi, Koko Head Café’s Lee Anne Wong and Roy Yamaguchi. 

To view the complete itinerary and to purchase tickets, visit

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