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Festival Senses

Lovers of fine food and drink won’t want to miss the culinary wonders of Chef Fest 2019. BY SHEILA GIBSON STOODLEY PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANNA PACHECO


efore you see it, you smell it. Cocktail in hand, you wheel around and stride across Hawai‘i’s idyllic Kumukea Beach in search of the source

of the mouthwatering aroma. Almost instantly, you spot chef Andy Ricker, founder of the Pok Pok restaurants in Oregon and New York and an expert in Northern Thai cuisine. He’s standing behind a grill and roasting a fish—whole—while preparing a chili dipping sauce to go with it. It’s a salt-crusted moi, a native delicacy known as the “fish of kings” because it was once

Chef Fest 2018’s reception and

forbidden to all but Hawaiian royalty. You’re now

cookout at Kumukea Beach.


Profile for Hualālai Resort

Hualālai Magazine - Summer/Fall 2019