Hawaii Regional Cuisine

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Hawaii Regional Cuisine

What is Hawaii Regional Cuisine?

In 1991, twelve Hawaii chefs established Hawaii Regional Cuisine, a culinary movement that inventively blends Hawaii's diverse, ethnic flavors with the cuisine of the world. Hawaii Regional Cuisine takes advantage of the freshest island ingredients: cattle raised on the upland pastures of Hawaii Island, fruits and vegetables grown from rich, volcanic soil in Upcountry Maui, and some of the best quality fish in the world, to name a few. The 12 founding chefs were Sam Choy, Mark Ellman, Roy Yamaguchi, Beverly Gannon, Roger Dikon, Amy Ferguson Ota, Jean Marie Josselin, Peter Merriman, Philipe Padovani, George Mavrothalassitis, Alan Wong and Gary Strehl. 

Where can I experience Hawaii Regional Cuisine?

Today, you can experience Hawaii Regional Cuisine throughout the islands by a variety of esteemed chefs. The twelve original award-winning chefs continue to dream up mouth-watering entrees and signature desserts in world-renowned restaurants. From Waikiki to Waimea, start making your reservations in these chefs' restaurants.

Hawaii Regional Cuisine Chefs:

Alan Wong

Alan Wong's Restaurant (Honolulu, Oahu) was named #8 in Gourmet magazine's Top 50 restaurants in America, 2006. You can also get a taste of chef Wong's creations at The Pineapple Room in Ala Moana Center on Oahu.

Roy Yamaguchi

Chef Roy Yamaguchi was Hawaii's first recipient of the prestigious James Beard Award. Visit Roy's locations at Roy's Hawaii Kai and Roy's Waikiki. Chef Yamaguchi also has restaurants in Ko Olina on Oahu, Lahaina and Kihei in Maui, Waikoloa on the island of Hawaii, and in Poipu on Kauai.

George Mavrothalassitis

Indulge in critically acclaimed French-Hawaiian cuisine at Chef Mavro (Honolulu, Oahu). Chef Mavro holds the prestigious James Beard Foundation award and his restaurant has earned the Five Diamond rating from AAA in 2009.

Peter Merriman

Merriman's (Waimea, Island of Hawaii) has been named the “Best Big Island Restaurant” by Honolulu Magazine for eleven consecutive years. You can also get a taste of Peter Merriman's dishes at the Hula Grill in Kaanapali and Merriman's Kapalua, both in Maui.

Sam Choy

At Sam Choy's Kai Lanai (Kona, Island of Hawaii), the panoramic views from the restaurant in historic Kailua-Kona are nearly as popular as the fresh ingredients that fuel the menu. 

Mark Ellman  

Mala Ocean Tavern (Lahaina, Maui) and Mala Wailea (Wailea) are beloved for their fun atmosphere and delectable menus that merge Ellman's California roots with his more than 25 years of life in Hawaii. Ellman's most recent restaurant is Honu Seafood and Pizza (Lahaina), which offers incredible panoramic views of the ocean. 

Beverly Gannon  

One of Hawaii Regional Cuisine's leading women has a handful of eateries on Maui and Lanai, including Haliimaile General Store (Makawao, Maui), Joe's (Wailea) and Lanai City Grille (Lanai City, Lanai).