We’re hungry already! Hawaii Food & Wine Paradise returns to Oahu in May


It’s three days of indulgence. 

If you love food, wine and Hawaii, you’ll want to know about Hawaii Food & Wine Paradise, a three-day O‘ahu festival for those who appreciate great food and wine, or, in the words of its organizer, D. Keola Lloyd, “anyone who passionately pursues the finest of life’s pleasures.”

The event, held at the Moana Surfrider in Waikiki and West Oahu’s Ko Olina Resort, features 16 of Hawaii’s top chefs and winemakers from eight Napa wineries, like Jarvis, Rombauer and Silver Oak. Not to mention spirits producers like Pau Maui Vodka and craft beer brewer Hawai‘i Nui. 

Hawaii_Food_and_wine_paradise_Oahu_Ko_OlineThis year’s theme: “Back to the Future,” as noted chefs including Russell Siu (3660 On the Rise), Ed Kenney (Town), Rodney Uyehara (Beachhouse at the Moana) reinterpret classic dishes with contemporary techniques and ingredients.

There are four events:

• May 27, 6 p.m.: “E Komo Mai at the Beachhouse,” an exclusive preview party at the Westin Moana Surfrider in Waikiki, limited to 100 guests.

• May 28, 6 p.m.: “Paradise Food & Wine Classic,” a gala dinner, also at the Westin Moana Surfrider, including a fashion show by Hawaii designer Anne Namba, limited to 250 guests.

• May 29, noon: “Pairings in Paradise,” a four-course food and wine pairing luncheon at Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club at Ko Olina Resort, limited to 75 guests.

• May 29, 6 p.m.: “Paradise Beachside Barbeque,” a down home Island-style barbecue under the stars at Paradise Cove at Ko Olina Resort, including a fashion show featuring two of Hawai’i’s rising fashion stars, Louisa Ngum of Honey Girl and Ida Teiti of Tiare Teiti Designs. Limited to 400 guests.

Hawaii_Food_and_wine_paradise_Oahu_Ko_OlineAll events will also include entertainment.

Prices range from $100 for Paradise Beachside Barbeque to $250 for the Paradise Food & Wine Classic. Some of the proceeds benefit Hawaii schools and charities. You can find full event and ticket information here

HAWAII Magazine readers take note: If you can make it, say hello. I’ll be the master of ceremonies for the four-day event, pitting my food and wine pairing skills against the chefs in the “Pairings in Paradise” luncheon.

Categories: Food, Oʻahu