Hawaii Food and Wine VIP Experience and Cuisines of the Sun® Dinner

  • October 2, 2021 at 5 PM

Hawaii Food & Wine Festival, Cuisines of the Sun® VIP Experience

The Island of Hawai‘i will pay tribute to Hawaiian tradition with the revival of the legendary Cuisines of the Sun® event. Prime your palate with an exclusive pre-event experience hosted by Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection. Join us for a day filled to the brim with culinary enlightenment. Purchase your Hawaii Food & Wine VIP Experience and Cuisines of the Sun® Dinner today.

Talk Story with Uncle Danny Akaka

Commence the day with an afternoon talk story led by Mauna Lani’s resident expert in Hawaiian history and culture, Uncle Danny Akaka. Revisit the culinary birth of Hawaiian fine dining and learn more about the history of Kalāhuipua‘a, the ancient Hawaiian fishpond.

Meet and Greet Cocktail Hour with Renowned Chefs

Carry on with an intimate gathering, featuring a meet-and-greet with renowned chefs, a complimentary sunset cocktail hour and live performances showcasing some of the best entertainers on the Big Island.

Hawaii Food & Wine Festival, Cuisines of the Sun® Dinner

After celebrating island-inspired cuisine and culture, our dedicated guest experience team will personally escort you to the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival, Cuisines of the Sun®. This year’s dinner returns to its original location here at CanoeHouse, paying homage to its predecessor, a culinary series of the same name that ran from 1991 to 2001. Alan Wong, HFWF co-chair and one of the original Cuisines of the Sun chefs, is joined by celebrated Chef Matt Raso and visiting culinary masters Chef Raphael Lunetta and Chef Celestino Drago to craft an eclectic five-course affair that celebrates Hawaii's past, present and future.

About the Hawai'i Food & Wine Festival

The Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival is the premier epicurean destination event in the Pacific. The Festival features a roster of more than 150 internationally renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, sommeliers, mixologists, and wine and spirit producers.

Co-founded by two of Hawai‘i’s own James Beard Award-winning chefs, Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, the Festival showcases culinary experiences, wine tastings, cultural engagement and exclusive dining opportunities with dishes highlighting the State’s bounty of fresh, local produce, seafood, beef, poultry and spices.

Since 2011, the Festival has given over $3 million to support local beneficiaries committed to culinary and agricultural education, sustainability and cultural programs in Hawai‘i.

Featured Chefs
Cuisines of the Sun® Dinner

Alan Wong, Hawai'i Food & Wine Festival

Alan Wong has made a name for himself internationally with his marriage of ethnic-cooking styles with the finest island-grown ingredients, creating local dishes with a contemporary twist. A James Beard Award Winner for “Best Chef: Northwest,” he was one of ten chefs in the United States nominated by the Wedgewood Awards for the title of World Master of Culinary Arts. Bon Appétit has recognized him as the “Master of Hawaii Regional Cuisine,” and Alan Wong’s Restaurant has been ranked by Gourmet twice.

Celestino Drago, Drago Centro | Los Angeles, California

Chef Celestino Drago has played an integral role in the ever-evolving dining scene in Los Angeles for over three decades. Born and raised in Sicily, Drago has become one of the world’s most lauded Italian chefs, with honors ranging from being named “Best New Chef” in Food & Wine Magazine early in his career, to being invited to cook as a guest chef at the historic James Beard House in New York on multiple occasions, being named Food Fare Los Angeles’s “Chef of the Year."

Raphael Lunetta, Lunetta | Santa Monica, California

Raised in Santa Monica, Lunetta was an avid surfer, and waterman, developing a deep respect and love for the ocean. In 1997, he opened JiRaffe in downtown Santa Monica with co-chef and best friend Josiah Citrin, which became a pillar of the restaurant community for almost 20 years. It was during this time that he gained national media attention, earning himself the 1997 Best New Chef Award for Food and Wine Magazine. Lunetta has made dozens of appearances on Food Network shows. Currently, Lunetta is Owner/Partner and Chef Proprietor at Lunetta and Lunetta All Day in Santa Monica.

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The health and safety of our attendees and participants is our number one priority. To ensure your wellbeing, all events are organized in accordance with government mandates.

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