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Chef Ikaika Manaku was recently appointed the Executive Chef position at Maui’s newest resort, The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas, which opened in April 2017. Prior to joining the opening team at Westin Nanea, Chef Ikaika served as Executive Sous Chef at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa. Chef Ikaika has also held positions as Executive Sous Chef at Sheraton Kauai and Sous Chef at St. Regis Princeville.
Chef Ikaika attended The Culinary Academy of the Pacific, Kauai Chapter and draws inspiration from his upbringing in Kauai, Hawaii – from growing up watching his grandfather prepare poke with freshly caught fish to observing his father, also an executive chef, in his white coat and tall chef hat. Chef Ikaika likes to stay true to his roots, blending new age cooking techniques with the culinary traditions of the islands. At Mauka Makai, the signature restaurant at The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas, Chef Ikaika creates dishes that honor Hawaii’s local farming and fishing cultures and pay homage to favorite local foods.