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Some of Hawaii's top chefs to participate in 'Hukilau' beach cookout

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Oh, We're going to a Hukilau at The Kahala Hotel & Resort with  the Island's hottest chefs. The Kahala's Executive Chef Wayne Hirabayashi is here with details.

Chef Hirabayashi:  We're excited to invite everyone to a beach cookout with 11 of Hawaii's best chefs on Kahala Beach this Friday. It's a Hukilau to celebrate the launch of the 6th annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. We'll announce who's coming to Hawaii for the festival in October and have great food, featuring local ingredients, under the stars.

Billy V:  With 11 top chefs, what's on the menu?

Chef Hirabayashi:  Local favorites, re-invented by all of the creative Chefs.
There's poke by Elmer Guzman,
Andrew Le will roast a pig
Lee Anne Wong will cook up Huli Huli Chicken.
Mark Noguchi's serving his squid luau.
Alan Wong's doing a seafood boil.
Michelle Karr-Ueoka has shave ice and pina cola push pops.
I will prepare Pineapple. We're excited to be the site for the first festival Hukilau.

Billy V:  Local ingredients are the real star?

Chef Hirabayashi:  Yes, we like to showcase the range of goods raised, grown or caught in Hawaii, and of course, we'll pair it with fine wine, cocktails and craft brews.

Billy V:  This Hukilau is a fundraiser. Sounds win-win. Enjoy great food and drinks… and help a worthy cause.

Chef Hirabayashi:  The Hukilau benefits Kapiolani Community College Culinary Program. The festival has raised 1.3 million dollars for local agriculture and culinary programs in 5 years.

Billy V:  Tickets are still available?
Chef Hirabayashi:  Yes, they're $175, and help support our future chefs and farmers.

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