Culinary Arts Under the Stars Comes To King's Shops On February 26

Event view from KS office

Event view from KS officeKings’ Shops and the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Kona Kohala Chefs Association are once again partnering to stage the premier culinary gala event and silent auction, Culinary Arts Under the Stars from 5:30-7:30pm Friday, February 26, 2016 at Kings’ Shops.  All proceeds from the event and auction will benefit the Culinary Arts Program at Hawaii Community College-Palamanui.

Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 at the door.  Tickets available at Maui Divers Jewelry in Kings’ Shops and Westside Wines in Kopiko Plaza (cash/check only), Kailua Candy Company 808 329-2522 and on-line (credit card) at

Scrip for beer, provided by Big Island Brewhaus are $3.00 and wine, provided by Westside Wines are available for $6 each. All proceeds will benefit the Culinary Arts Program.

Chef Cary Peterson of Kohala Burger and Taco

Chef Cary Peterson of Kohala Burger and Taco

Enjoy entertainment from the jazz music trio Tropical Vibrations while you stroll through the mouthwatering tasting stations presented by the top chefs of the Kohala Coast including Chef Cary Peterson from Kohala Burger and Taco, who will be serving fresh ahi tacos with his specialty tropical fruit salsa. Also, Daylight Mind Coffee Company, who just opened a new store at the Queens Marketplace, will be serving coffee and dessert. Here’s the whole line up:

Restaurants and Chef’s At The Culinary Arts Under the Stars 2016

Three Fat Pigs Chef Ippy 2

Chef Ippy of Three Fat Pigs

New to the scene this year are Chef Allen Hess of Mai Grille at Kings Shops Waikoloa Golf, Chef Cary Peterson of Kohala Burger and Taco in Kawaihae and Chef Stennis Hirayama of Tommy Bahama Restaurants and Bar – Mauna Lani. Returning chefs include Chef Jayson Kanekoa, Waikoloa Beach Resort & Spa; Chef Ippy Aiona, The Three Fat Pigs Restaurant and Gastropub; Chef Beth Fuller, Lava Lava Beach Club; Chef Dayne Tanabe, Hilton Waikoloa Village; Chef Peter Abarcar, Jr., Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel and Chef Connor Butler, Roy’s Waikoloa Bar and Grill. Students from the Culinary Arts Program and instructors Chef Paul Heerlein and Chef Fernand Guiot will present a savory and dessert tastings.

Hawaii Community College Culinary Students

Hawaii Community College Culinary Students

A silent auction will be held from 5:30-7pm. Many of the items are generously donated by the Kings’ Shops tenants.

Hope to see you there for a great “foodie” event for a great cause in supporting Hawaii’s culinarians!

Call 808 886-8811 for more information.

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Julie Ziemelis

Julie Ziemelis is an entrepreneur, business owner, author, blogger and vlogger in Kailua Kona. She created and moderates the “365 Things to Do in Kona” page and the Kona Newbies group on Facebook. She blogs at and and vlogs with her husband, Eric, at “365Hawaii” on YouTube. Julie also authored the books, “How to Move to Kona” and the “Insiders Guide to Buying Real Estate on the Big Island of Hawaii”. You will most likely find Julie in Kona hiking, running, biking, taking photos and sharing Aloha.

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