Honolulu, HI… Jeremy Shigekane was named Chef de Cuisine for the award- winning Hoku’s restaurant at The Kahala Hotel & Resort effective August 7 in an announcement by the hotel’s Food and Beverage Director, Todd Oldham. He reports to Executive Chef Wayne Hirabayashi and is responsible for menu selection and the day-to- day preparation of the cuisine while overseeing the culinary staff under his direction in the restaurant.
Shigekane came to The Kahala after a stint as Chef de Cuisine for another notable Honolulu restaurant, Chai’s Island Bistro at Aloha Tower Marketplace. Previously, he served as Sous Chef at Fulton in New York City; and before that as a Line Cook for The Oak Room at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. He has also worked at Bouley and Café Gray, both in New York City.
Shigekane attended the California Culinary Academy from 1999 until 2001, and has held other positions in fine cuisine preparation for The Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay, California; John’s Island Club in Vero Beach, Florida; Citarella the Restaurant in New York City; and Hawthorne Lane in San Francisco, California.
Hoku’s offers panoramic ocean views, a stadium kitchen, and an experienced culinary team. The fine dining restaurant is known for putting a contemporary Asian twist on the fresh imaginative foods of the Pacific. One of Zagat’s Top 10 Hawaii restaurants and voted Chef’s Choice Award (2011), Best Hotel Restaurant (2010) and Silver Award- winner for Best Brunch (2010) in Honolulu Magazine’s Hale ‘Aina Awards, Hoku’s winning combination of great food and impeccable service earns notice from all corners year after year. Specialties include crisped whole island fish, salt-crusted Colorado rack of lamb, and Hoku’s signature ahi musubi appetizer. Hoku’s serves dinner Wednesday through Sunday from 5:30 until 10 p.m.; Sunday Brunch is offered from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Shigekane will be directly involved in coordinating Hoku’s Chef’s Table Grand Dining Experience events which are offered periodically throughout the year.
– About The Kahala –
With 338 guestrooms, The Kahala Hotel & Resort is an oceanfront destination resort known for its impeccable service and hospitality. Just minutes from Waikiki, yet offering the peace and serenity of a neighbor island experience, The Kahala has been Honolulu's social address for weddings and gatherings since its opening in 1964. Captains of industry and celebrity guests continue to call The Kahala their home-away-from-home in Hawai'i. Travel + Leisure ranks The Kahala among the Top 6 Hawaii resorts and among the World’s Best 100 Hotels in its 2012 World’s Best Awards. US News & World Report named The Kahala Best Oahu Hotels (Top 3) in 2011 and 2012. Successful Meetings gave the hotel a Pinnacle Award for three years in a row, 2010-2012. Open Table named Plumeria Beach House in their Best 100 Restaurants for Brunch. TripAdvisor.com gave The Kahala a 2012 Traveler’s Choice Award for Top 25 Luxury Hotels in the United States.
For more information, please contact The Kahala Hotel & Resort at (808) 739-8888 or toll-free at (800) 367-2525; or visit their website at www.kahalaresort.com