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Friday - April 08, 2009 Share | | podcast Podcast |

Title: Host, Kani Ka Pila Grille, Outrigger Reef On the Beach, Waikiki

Where were you born and raised? Born in Kalihi, raised in Pearl City and graduated from Pearl City High School.

What started your interest in the hospitality area?

I had lots of family and friends visit the Islands.

How would you describe Kani Ka Pila to someone who’s not been? For our malihinis, I would say, “Enjoy the wonderful flavors and music of Hawaii.” It’s a kanikapila setting. Come, relax, eat, drink and just sit back and listen to the best Hawaiian music in town.

It’s only been open for a couple of weeks, but the place is busy! What’s the reception been like so far? For guests at the hotel, it’s a great place to kick back and enjoy the rest of the day. Some don’t even make it back to their room after a day out sightseeing or at the beach. They come to eat, have a cocktail or two and then the music starts. And the locals are coming right at pau hana time. They basically have the same idea as our guests; however, family or friends will meet them here as well. A table for two can easily turn into a party of 12.


Where do you like to go to relax for dinner? My mother’s or brother’s house in Waimanalo. Kawika Kahiapo lives right next door to my brother - very kanikapila there.

What’s always in your fridge at home? Poi. My husband and son are fishermen. They make sure I have fish to go with the poi.

Who would you most like to see come to Kani Ka Pila for the evening? If my grandparents were still alive, I would have them here with me every night. My grandpa spent many weekends in Waimanalo with Gabby Pahinui. You know, especially on Wednesday, when Cyril Pahinui is performing, I feel them with me. That’s what makes my job a Kani Ka Pila so enjoyable.

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