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Welcome to Hukilau

JASON TAKEMURA

EXECUTIVE CHEF

Combining Pacific Rim and California cuisines, Executive Chef Jason Takemura brings his culinary inventiveness and commitment to quality dishes to the new Hukilau, Honolulu, which opened in May in the Executive Centre Downtown. Formerly of Chai’s Island Bistro, Takemura, who trained at Le Cordon Bleu-affiliated Western Culinary Institute, brings a decade of experience in the kitchens of several California restaurants, including Roy’s, Monterey’s Montrio Bistro and Pebble Beach’s Inn at Spanish Bay.

“Freshness is what we emphasize on the Hukilau’s menu, from seafood specialties, robust and healthy salads, to baked-on-site dessert creations,” says Takemura.

Takemura’s wide-ranging culinary experiences, including Italian, Japanese, Pacific Rim and American dishes, has enabled him to create palate-pleasing lunches, including a Portabello Katsu with melted Brie Cheese Sandwich and unique bento lunches, made fresh daily, for the on-the-go downtown crowd. In addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner service, Hukilau provides catering services. Go to www.dahukilau.com.

“Incorporating Pacific Rim cuisine with California cuisine fits right into our philosophy at the Hukilau to support our local community and the Aloha Spirit,” says Takemura.

JOHN NEFF

CHEF DE CUISINE

At Hukilau Honolulu, Chef Neff is putting his own spin on our Hukilau menu using all of his past experience and knowledge of local cuisine.  He has over 15 years of experience in the food service industry, serving in various restaurants in Boise, Seattle, and Las Vegas before returning to the Islands. His creativity and enthusiasm has been honed through associations with Chef Roy Yamaguchi (Roy’s at the Westin, Seattle), Chef Michael Mina (Nob Hill, MGM Grand, Las Vegas), Chef Anthony Amoroso (Fiamma, MGM Grand, Las Vegas), Chef Chai Chaowasaree (Chai’s Island Bistro), and as the Executive Chef at the Top of Waikiki.

In his spare time he likes to golf, watch MMA, dine out, and loves spending time with his beautiful girlfriend Angela, son Tyler, and his newest addition to the family, his daughter Leah.