McKenna Maduli and Chef Mark Noguchi turn up the heat with some ono grindz smoked on their new Traeger Grill

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McKenna Maduli and Chef Mark Noguchi turn up the heat with some ono grindz smoked on their new Traeger Grill

McKenna Maduli, host of the Emmy Award-winning series Talk Story, takes us to her hale sweet hale to grill with one of a kind chef Mark “Gooch” Noguchi. McKenna and Mark have a blast testing out all the new features on her new Trager Grill from City Mill. Get inspired watching these two light it up, smoke it out, and make us laugh.

About Mark Noguchi: Mark was born and raised in Mānoa Valley, O’ahu. He spent his early twenties dancing hula with Hālau o Kekuhi under the tutelage of Nālani Kanaka`ole in Hilo. Mark credits hula’s strict regimen, strong attention to detail and deep sense of integrity with awakening his passion for a life of building community through food.

As a chef, Mark navigates Hawai`i through the lens of food, always with the intent to gather, connect and harmonize the communities he serves. At He’eia Kea Pier General Store & Deli, his insistence on sourcing hyper-local ingredients garnered national acclaim. Through Taste Table, he helped revitalize the Kaka`ako food scene by providing a space for up-and-coming local chefs, many of whom are now nationally-renowned for their work. MISSION Social Hall & Cafe, Mark’s most recent project, was published by Taste Talks as one of the six best museum cafes in North America.

In 2012, Mark and his wife Amanda Corby Noguchi started Pili Group, their life’s work. Pili is dedicated to creating a better world through food, education and community.

Despite the international acclaim his work has garnered, Mark’s focus remains being a dedicated husband, a father to his two daughters, and an exemplary leader to his team.

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About City Mill: We are a super hardware retail chain serving the Oahu Community with 8 stores on the island of Oahu. The stores are conveniently located in Ewa Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii Kai, Kaimuki, Kaneohe, Mililani, Pearl City and Waianae. City Mill was founded and is still managed by the Ai family. The founder, Chung Kun Ai, started the business in 1899 and served as President until 1961. His youngest son, David C. Ai, managed the company until his retirement in 1991. Currently, his youngest grandson, Steven C. Ai, manages the company as President, together with his sister Carol Ai May, as Vice President.

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