MAHALO NUI LOA!
The Mālama Learning Center is extremely grateful to all who contributed toward our very first culinary fundraising event, Calabash & Cooks, which took place on Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 5:30-8:30 pm at the Kapolei High School Plaza. This event featured some of Hawai’i’s favorite chefs, including Celebrity Chef Chair Lee Anne Wong from Top Chef, and local favorite Chef Co-Chair Mark “Gooch” Noguchi of TASTE and Pili Group. Other chefs included: Chef Robert "Kealoha" Domingo - Highway Inn @ Kaka'ako, Chef Chris Okuhara - Miso & Ale, Chef Darryl Shinogi - Roy's, Ko'olina, Chef Ori Ann Li - Ori Ann's Vegan Kitchen, Chef Eddie Mafnas - Firehouse, and Chef Mark Kaʻahaʻāina -Kaʻahaʻāina Cafe. Kapolei High's Hurricane Heat also provided delicious desserts.
The evening, emceed by the wonderful Paula Akana of KITV4, highlighted the calabash of cultures here in Hawai’i through the food, items in our silent auction and country store, cultural demonstrations, and live entertainment from local entertainers. Students from Kapolei High School played a key role in nearly every aspect of the event, allowing us to create a fun evening for the community to come together to celebrate all the cultures that make up the “melting pot” of Hawai’i! The proceeds of this event will go a long way toward helping us continue our education programs. If you missed the event this time, be sure to come next year!
Please see photos from the event by Adriane Nicole.
Video highlights are courtesy of Cal Hirai.
Event Program - page 1, page 2
Mahalo nui loa to:
Our generous corporate sponsors
Other financial donors: PVT Land Company, Haseko, Voyaging Foods, Townscape, Inc., Al Nagasako
Our many generous in-kind donors:
Adriane Nicole, Alani Apio, Alluvion, Anthony Deluze, Art Explorium, AT&T, Bernice Akamine, Big City Diner, Bruce Koebele, Chillaxin', Cupcake & Things, Ed Morita, Esther Ringor, Hawaiʻi Department of Land & Natural Resources, Hawaiian Forest.com, Hoala Greevy, Hoʻoulu 'Aina Native Plant Nursery, Ihilani JW Marriott Hawaii, Jack & Kim Johnson, Joyce & Robert Aton, Ka'ala Learning Center, Kainalu Kilaulani, Kapolei High School, Keala Kai, Kroc Center, Mahi LaPierre, Maile Sakamoto, Malia Lagaso, Maui Bottle Monkey, Maybelle Namba, Michael Buck, Missing Polynesia, Momi Design, Morning Brew, Paula Akana, Podium Raceway, Sam Gon, Shar Leong, Shirley Swinney, Smart ʻOhana, Styrophobia, Sugarland Farms, Tanioka’s, The Nature Conservancy, Walmart Kapolei, Within Wire, Zac Johnson, Zippy's
Lucky Daiko, Jon Kaina, PACKids, Holunape, Halau O Kaululaua’e
Our many volunteers:
Phyllis Nakasone, Gena Rego and Alma, Leonardi family, Loo-McDowell family, and Kapolei High School’s Japanese Classes, JROTC Program, Culinary Program, Natural Resources Production course, Interact Club, Polynesian Club, Graphic Arts Department, Industrial Technology Academy
Our planning committee:
Paula Nagao, Lori Hoo, Shirley Swinney, Georgette Stevens, Eric Enos, Elden Esmeralda, Kelsie Valentine, Cynthia Pratt, Pauline Sato, and Under My Umbrella
And, of course, our exhuberant chefs:
Lee Anne Wong, Mark “Gooch” Noguchi, Robert “Kealoha” Domingo, Chris Okuhara, Darryl Shinogi, Ori Ann Li, Eddie Mafnas, Mark Kaʻahaʻāina, Cynthia Pratt and Kapolei High’s culinary students