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Title: Chairman, Hawaii Wine and Food at Ko Olina
Where were you born and raised? I was born on Oahu, raised on Big Island.
You’ve organized a number of highly successful food and wine events in recent years. How did the first one come about? I was president of Rotary Club of Kapolei and we were looking for a fundraiser to help with scholarship and education programs with the youths out there.
Were you a fan of fine wines at the time? Is that what sparked your enthusiasm? (Laughs) Not at all, not at all! But now, I would say I have a great interest in the pairings of food and wine, and in food and wine in general.
Do you cook at home? No, I don’t cook. I enjoy going out to eat too much.
What’s always in your fridge? I’m a big peanut butter and jelly guy. I love guava jam, so there’s always jam/jelly and peanut butter.
Where do you most like to eat out? I love all our restaurants, pretty much. I like 12th Avenue Grill, but I pretty much like almost everywhere. We have so many great places to eat here, and so many great chefs.
With whom would you most like to have dinner? Piero Antinori because of the way he kept the amazing family tradition going. I think he’s fascinating, and I’d like to spend time having a glass of wine with him.
Anything about you that might surprise your friends? I think some people might be surprised that I like wine so much now. A lot of people who knew me five years or so ago would find that hard to believe.
What are you most looking forward to in the upcoming event at Ko Olina? Having Anne Burrell out here is going to be exciting. She’s not been here before. And we have so many talented chefs, so being able to feature them and showcase local talent is important - and the fashion element is great. And, of course, the wineries - Caymus and Silver Oak, for example. It’s hard to pick just one element. I think it’s all going to be great.
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