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Hawaii's top chefs come together for 'Restaurant Week'

Kelvin Ro Kelvin Ro
Conrad Nonaka Conrad Nonaka

By Cindy Cha - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - For the first time in Hawaii, some of Oahu's top chefs are coming together to cook-up delicious dishes for a good cause.

Starting Sunday, more than 40 restaurants will be participating in the first ever, "Restaurant Week Hawaii" event.

It's a way to showcase their food but it also serves, as a fundraiser for a new advanced culinary program, here on Oahu.

Kelvin Ro uses a special sauce for his signature mushroom burger. He knows how important good food is, he's the owner and chef of the popular Diamond Head Market and Grill.

But for the past 12 years, Chef Ro and other island chefs have been working hard to open the Advanced Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head.

"It's important for the next generation of culinarians to have the opportunity that I didn't have growing up in Hawaii," said Ro.

To bring awareness to the new culinary program, Kelvin's restaurant, along with Big City Diner, PF Chang's and 40 others, will take part in Restaurant Week Hawaii.

"We really feel proud because the right timing to promote the restaurant industry where food has come to Hawaii in the last 15 years, we are now known for our food and not just sun and surf," said Conrad Nonaka, director of the Culinary Institute of the Pacific.

The Advanced Culinary Institute of the Pacific will be built on 7.8 acres at the site of the former Cannon Club on the slopes of Diamond Head.

The cutting edge facility will provide top-notch training for Hawaii's future chefs.

"It's pretty amazing and it's been my legacy to pass on this information and make it easier for the next generation," said Ro.

And for the next week, it's a chance to give everyone a taste, of the island's favorites.

A portion of the proceeds made from Restaurant Week will support the new facility at Diamond Head.

The institute is slated for construction in 2010.

For a complete list of all participating restaurants, click on the Restaurant Week Hawaii link on this page. 

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