Mahalo Reception

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Welcome to our first blog post of 2013! Before we can start blogging about the exciting things in store for this year's Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival, we must first thank those who helped to make 2012 a huge success.

Before things get too hectic with plans for 2013, the team gathered at the Ka‘Ikena Restaurant at the Kapi‘olani Community College campus for a Mahalo reception.

During the reception, representatives from our Diamond Level sponsors Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, Hawaiian Airlines, The Modern Honolulu, Halekulani, Hyatt Regency Waikiki, HFM FoodService, and Armstrong Produce joined event co-chairs Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong to give back to the community. The festival, in partnership with the visitor industry, is proud to have been able to raise $210,000 in 2012 that it awarded to five worthy non-profit organizations.

Here are photos from the reception

The Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival would like to thank our Diamond Level sponsors:

  • Mike McCartney, President and CEO of Hawai'i Tourism Authority
  • Ron Williams, President of Atlanis Submarines and Chairman of the Board for the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority
  • David Uchiyama, Vice President, Brand Management for the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority
  • Avi Mannis, Vice President of Marketing for Hawaiian Airlines
  • Gerald Glennon, Managing Direcor at The Modern Honolulu
  • Ulrich Krauer, General Manager at Halekulani
  • Vincent Brunetti, Food & Beverage Director at Hyatt Regency Waikiki
  • Barry O'Connell, President & CEO of HFM FoodService
  • Mark Teruya, Chaiman & CEO of Armstrong Produce

The Festival would also like to thank:

  • Conrad Nonaka, Director for the Culinary Institute of the Pacific
  • Chefs Alan Tsuchiyama, Grant Sato, David Brown and the students at Kapi‘olani Community College for providing food for the reception
  • Tina Rogers and the KaæIkena Restaurant for hosting the reception
  • Warren Shon of Southern Wine & Spirits for donating the wine for the evening

Finally, the Festival would like to thank the 2012 Hawai'i Food & Wine Festival staff:

  • Chimaine Pouteau
  • Melanie Kosaka
  • Ryan Tanaka
  • Ann Tanaka
  • Ann Wharton
  • Jackie Lau
  • Robbyn Shim
  • Neenz Faleafine
  • Ed Morita
  • Sean Morris
  • Denise Yamaguchi

Save the date: September 1 - 8
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