Dining around the islands

Big Isle events feature
local taste treats

September brings a host of special events to the Big Island, all designed to celebrate the food products and the chefs of Hawaii.

Just a taste

Taste of Hawaii's Big Island will bring 20 chefs to the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai for a fund-raiser in support of breast cancer research on Sept. 5.

Volunteers from the resort and the American Cancer Society's West Hawaii chapter have sponsored the event for seven years and raised more than $400,000, which stays in Hawaii.

The event includes a silent auction and jazz entertainment. Cost is $58, $25 children. Call 888-340-5662.

A culinary experience

Chefs of the Hilton Waikoloa Village will present a series of excursions called the Big Island Culinary Experience, Sept. 10-14. The events including receptions and dining events at the Hilton's various restaurants, but the main events are the culinary tours:

Upcountry Chef's Tour: Executive chef Wilhelm Pirngruber leads a visit to the farmlands of Waimea, including Parker Ranch and Habein's Cattle Ranch, followed by a paniolo-style lunch, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 11. Cost is $130.

Kona Coffee Farm Excursion: Executive pastry chef David Brown hosts a tour of coffee plantations, followed by a picnic lunch, chocolate dessert and demonstration in chocolate-making, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 12. Cost is $130.

The Chef's Table: Pirngruber leads a tour of the "back of the house" -- the many kitchens of the Hilton, followed by a hands-on cooking demonstration and a four-course lunch. Cost is $60.

Call 808-886-1234, ext. 54.

Hawaii's soul food

Chef Sam Choy's annual Poke Festival takes place Sept. 12-14 at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel.

Choy will host a hands-on poke-making demonstration Sept. 13. Cost is $10, which includes a tasting of beers that best match poke.

The annual poke contest begins at 11 a.m. Cost to enter and taste is $5.

Call 808-880-3424.

Special events

"An Evening With the Angels": Sisters Offering Support, a teen sex abuse prevention organization, presents its seventh annual wine tasting and silent auction fund-raiser on Aug. 21. The event takes place 5 to 8 p.m. at Cafe Laniakea, YWCA. Tickets are $100. Call 941-5554 for more information.

Winemaker's Dinner: The Kapalua Bay Hotel's Bay Club restaurant is holding the next Winemaker's Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 29. Featured this month are Antinori wines paired with grilled filet of salmon, Grana Padamo cheese-stuffed gnocchi and braised veal osso buco. Cost is $75. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Hawaii Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. For reservations, call 669-8008.


Honolulu's police officers will be serving tables in the Tip-A-Cop fund-raiser for Special Olympics Hawaii on Wednesday at restaurants throughout the Ward Centres complex. Last year, police Chief Lee Donohue, above, served customers at Scoozee's. Dine from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 5 to 9 p.m. and tip your server well -- those proceeds go to Special Olympics.

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