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Island Chef reaches out to the community

Iwalani Dayton Iwalani Dayton

By Sharie Shima - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Chef Sam Choy is synonymous with island cuisine, creating culinary creations weekly for the home cook.  But he also uses his passion for food to reach out to the community to make a difference.  Today Choy and the crew are shooting another episode of his weekly cooking show.  But this one holds special meaning for him.  He is whipping up a tasty Thanksgiving dinner for the kids at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Honolulu.  These kids will get a first hand look behind the scenes at how a show is produced.

On the menu is caramelized baked ham with sweet mashed pumpkin.  On the side is a fresh local corn salad.

Sam Choy said,"I think it's the part of giving back we're fortunate that my boys are great , our granddaughter is great.  I think it's just an opportunity to give back. Sharing the love, look at all of these beautiful smiles here these guys are the heroes, these guys are that drive us and so that's what drives me."

He also feels we're lucky to be living in Hawaii.  His local cooking show is just bringing out some of the unique things we do in Hawaii.

Choy is a big supporter of Shriners because it plays a vital role in the community.  It's an orthopedic pediatric specialty hospital which also treats post burns and spinal cord injuries.  Everything at no charge.  Iwalani Dayton, Director of Development says it could not exist without donations.  "Oh it's absolutely crucial because we depend solely on the contributions of individuals and foundations and corporations, they need to know about us and they need to know our mission who we are and what we do" says Dayton.

The kids loved the meal Choy and the staff prepared and they also learned a few tips along the way.

That's a wrap!

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