Halekulani Corparation’s Waikīkī Parc Hotel and Kapiʻolani Community College’s Culinary Institute of the Pacific have teamed up to open Lēʻahi Concept Kitchen, a innovative year-long dining experience. Lēʻahi Concept Kitchen will open in early April and occupy the former site of Nobu Waikīkī. This unique opportunity presented itself because of a renovation delay at Halekulani Corporation’s Waikīkī Parc Hotel.
Lēʻahi Concept Kitchen will feature cuisine by renowned chefs from the Culinary Institute of the Pacific’s Guslander Distinguished Visiting Global Chef Series. As a concept kitchen, Lēʻahi will feature multiple dining concepts, and the guest chefs will have their own pop-up events with their own menu interpretations.
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Recognized for its placement in regional and national culinary competitions, the culinary arts program at Kapiʻolani CC is known for promoting and using locally sourced ingredients in their contemporary cuisine. The program’s alumni have become outstanding and successful chefs.
Patrons of Lēʻahi will enjoy a variety of entertainment, including live piano music. The restaurant offers free valet parking and an embargo on gratuity. To complete the culinary experience, patrons have the opportunity to bring their wines of choice.
Lēʻahi is open for dinner, daily 5–10 p.m., with the last seating at 9:30 p.m.
They also plan to schedule public cooking classes.
For more information, call John Richards at Kapiʻolani Community College, (808) 734-9518.
—By Louise Yamamoto