Warning! You will get hungry. Hawaii Food & Wine Paradise starts Thursday.


This week Oahu holds its biggest culinary festival. If 20 chefs and a dozen winemakers don’t whet your appetite for the fest, there’s also music, fashion and golf.

Hawaii Food & Wine Paradise is a four-day culinary gala, held at west Oahu’s Ko Olina Resort and Waikiki’s Halekulani Hotel. The event kicks off Thursday, May 21, with the Paradise Golf Experience at the Ko Olina Golf Club, complete with food stations and a gourmet bento lunch.

That night there are two special food events. First, Paradise Uncorked, a six-course dinner with wine pairings at Roy’s Ko Olina. And second, the Paradise Food & Wine Showcase, at a private beachfront estate in Ko Olina called Lanikuhonua, with seven of Hawaii’s best chefs providing the food. There will be wine and beverage stations and entertainment.

The luncheon wine match competition on Friday, Pairings In Paradise, will feature four chefs—including Diego Oka from Mexico City—trying to pair wines with their dishes in competition with the moderator, Tim Love. Love is the chef-owner of two Fort Worth, Texas, restaurants.

Friday night will see a Paradise Beachside Barbeque, with far fancier than normal barbecue foods whipped up by eight chefs, cocktails created by master New York mixologist Julie Reiner, and music from the legendary Eddie Kamae and the Sons of Hawaii.

All this leads up to Saturday’s Grand Finale: a dinner that ranges from a smoked kampachi and barbecue eel terrine created by Lanai chef Fabrice Huet to a Diamond Head Market Chocolate Delight from Oahu’s Kelvin Ro. There’ll be wine with each course, of course. And finishing things up, a fashion show and an appearance by Hawaii’s thrilling jazz quintet, Bop Tribal.

In the Island tradition, all this demands a hana hou, or an encore. So there’s Hana Hou At Halekulani, a special brunch on Sunday in the Halekulani Ballroom.

Festival proceeds help support the Kapolei Foundation, which provides scholarships for local youth.

Hungry yet? For reservations: (808)722-9892. For more details, click here.

Categories: Food, Oʻahu