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Chris Bateman Named Executive Chef of Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka‘upulehu has named Chris Bateman as its Executive Chef.

Executive Chef Chris Bateman

Executive Chef Chris Bateman

Overseeing all culinary operations at the Resort, Chef Bateman joins the Resort with more than 20 years of experience. Most recently executive chef of Jumeriah Creekside Hotel in Dubai, Bateman has served in various positions with Jumeriah in Dubai at Jumeriah the Mayden and Jumeriah Emirates Towers Dubai, as well as at Jumeriah Essex House in New York City. Prior to

that, Chef Bateman was with Four Seasons, serving as Chef de Cuisine at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea and as a Sous Chef at The Pierre, formerly a Four Seasons hotel, in New York City. He began his culinary career in Stamford, Connecticut in a variety of restaurant positions.

“Chris is a talented and creative chef with worldwide experience, perfectly suited to create spectacular dining experiences here at the Resort,” says Robert Whitfield, regional vice president and general manager of Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. “We’re pleased to welcome him into our ohana and are excited about the continual evolution of our award-winning culinary program.”

A graduate of the esteemed Culinary Institute of America, Chef Bateman is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys all water sports and experiencing the world’s cultures.


Waimea Ocean Film Festival Opens January 3 – Ocean Experience, Ocean Environment, Island Culture

The Waimea Ocean Film Festival (Ocean Film) offers a stellar lineup of films and special guests January 3-11, 2013.  The festival headlines several TEDx and TED global speakers; world, US and Hawai’i premieres; plus a non-stop schedule of 39 stunning and thought-provoking films, breakfast talks and special cultural exhibits and events.

Waimea Ocean Film Festival Page

The festival runs at multiple venues in Waimea and the Kohala Coast before moving to Four Seasons Resort Hualalai January 7.

Find a festival program guide listing all films, talks and activities at www.waimeaoceanfilm.org.

Festival passes are on sale now online or by calling the festival office at 808.854.6095.  Passes will be for sale and available for pickup, along with program guides, at the festival’s hospitality desks January 2-6 at Kahilu Theatre and January 7-11 at the Ballroom Foyer at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.

Film presenters and guest speakers headlining the festival include:

  • Jon Shenk, director of The Island President
  • Louie Schwartzberg, director of Hidden Beauty/Wings of Life and the video Gratitude
  • Jeff Orlowski, director, and Paula DuPré Pesman, producer, of Chasing Ice
  • Producer/director Phil Arnone of KGMB’s Duke Kahanamoku: Hawai‘i’s Soul and  IZ-The Man Behind the Music
  • M. Sanjayan, chief scientist for The Nature Conservancy and CBS environment and science contributor
  • Noah Idechong, Speaker of the House of the Palau National Congress and former chief of   Palau’s Division of Marine Resources
  • Bradford Schmidt, creative director of GoPro

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i, The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel are offering discounted rates to attendees purchasing a festival pass.

The Waimea Ocean Film Festival thanks all 2013 Film Festival partners: GoPro, SanDisk Foundation, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, The Fairmont Orchid, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hapuna Prince Resort, the Matson Foundation, Blacksand Sound and Show, Kona MacNet, West Hawaii Today, Maria Peterson Catering, Island Girl Eats, All About Chocolate, Big Island Weekly, Hawaii Preparatory Academy (HPA), Big Island Brewhaus, Redwater Cafe, Parker School, Merrimans, gaiacreative, The Computer Doctor, Ke Ola Magazine, Joe Fagundes III (Kona Law), Maile Charters, Blue Wilderness Dive Adventures and Starbucks Coffee.

For the latest updates on films and speakers, follow the festival on Facebook, www.facebook.com/waimeaoceanfilmfestival, or visit www.waimeaoceanfilm.org.



Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Pualu Awards Winners

The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce (KKCC) recently recognized nine individuals, businesses or organizations with Pualu Awards at its annual Installation and Membership Banquet at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.

“Meaning to “work together,” Pualu Awards were established in 1979 to honor those in West Hawai ‘i for their dedication and hard work in the community,” explains Vivian Landrum, Chamber president/CEO. There were nine winners in seven categories and they were chosen by an awards committee from nominations received by Chamber members and the general public.

The Community Education award honors an individual or organization that promotes and supports education and enrichment programs that develop personal skills and lifelong learning. This year’s recipient is Laurel Gregory.

Gregory serves as the sole librarian for our West Hawai‘i Community College and in that capacity she has turned the library into a student friendly, welcoming resource center that encourages both on-campus and distance learning students to expand their educational opportunities.

In addition, Gregory has been a member of the Kona AAUW – American Association of University Women—and has been instrumental in this group’s support of two programs for continued education: Women in Transition and GEMS, Girls Exploring Math and Science. Through Gregory’s efforts, access and interest in higher education on Hawai‘i Island has been increased.

The Environmental Awareness Award taps an individual or organization that exhibits sensitivity and concern for the environment through innovative environmental practices and is awarded to Lipps & Son – General Contractor.

As a result of the March 2011 tsunami, extensive damage was done to the Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. Restoration required not only environmental understanding but cultural sensitivity as well. As this area is recognized as an historical site, it presented dual challenges in the renovation.

Lipps & Son’s team consulted with experts on environmental issues, cultural practitioners, families from the area, as well as state and county officials. They ensured the renovations not only exhibited sensitivity and concern for the environment, but also preserved its unique historical features.

The Business Innovation Award recognizes a business or organization that is committed to improving or enhancing employee’s lives, or exhibits creative product development, marketing or customer service. Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory and West Hawaii Community Health Center each received this award.

One of two Pualu Business Innovation recipients was Bob and Pam Cooper of Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, with KKCC President/CEO Vivian Landrum (left) and Chair Debbie Baker (right).

Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory (OHCF) is the first company in the state to both grow and make chocolate and they are lauded for their innovative vision, ingenuity and delectable chocolate. Finding no commercial equipment to process only an acre of cacao beans, Bob and Pam Cooper of Keauhou fashioned their own and now produce excellent, small-batch chocolate. Building on that success, they taught other Big Island residents how to grow cacao, resulting in 30 additional growers. They also offer a plantation tour for visitors to see their orchard and factory operations.

OHCF has developed a local and global market for selling their milk, dark and criollo chocolate as the first commercial, tree-to-bar chocolate company in the state. Their chocolate is sold at over 60 statewide locations and used by local chefs.

The other Business Innovation recipient was West Hawaii Community Health Center, with WHCHC Executive Director Richard Taafe accepting (center).

West Hawaii Community Health Center is a not-for-profit whose mission is to provide quality health services to all, regardless of income. Since opening, the center has increased its patient visits, from 2,200 in 2005 to over 32,000 in 2011.

To do this, WHCHC more than doubled its square footage in Kailua-Kona and hired more providers, opened the Keiki Health Center in Kealakekua, obtained an emergency adult dental van, which is parked at Kailua-Kona’s homeless shelter; and took health screenings and education into the more remote areas of West Hawai‘i, starting with Miloli‘i. This month, WHCHC will add adult care to the Kealakekua Health Center to better serve families in South Kona and will open the West Hawai‘i Community Health Center in Waikoloa to serve families in South Kohala.

The Lifetime Service Award taps an individual who has made a lifelong commitment to the community exemplified by their personal and/or business achievements. This year’s recipient is Virginia Isbell.

Lifetime Service Pualu Award: From left: Vivian Landrum, KKCC president/CEO, Lifetime Service recipient Virginia Isbell and KKCC Chair Debbie Baker

A wife, mother, teacher, leader, mentor, public servant, volunteer—each of these nouns describes Isbell.  She served in the state legislature for 16 years and then on the County Council for two more years. Isbell advocated for affordable housing and spearheaded the campaign to get state land for the West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery .  She has served as an officer and director of Kai ‘Opua Canoe Club, helped initiate the West Hawaii County Band, (and played with them for 33 years), worked to obtain and improve the Girl Scout Camp on Hawai‘i Island and serves on the Kona Crime Prevention Committee.

Dedicated to making things better in our community, Isbell demonstrates excellence in her ability to identify problems, develop solutions, bring together strategic partners and stay committed until positive results are achieved, offering tireless service to Hawai‘i Island.

The Visitor Industry Marketing Award is presented each year to that person or group who diligently works to promote the visitor industry in West Hawai‘i. Congratulations to Kai ‘Opua Canoe Club’s Queen Lili’uokalani Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Race.

Promoting the visitor industry is a beautiful and beneficial by-product of this organization’s event.  For the past 41 years, the Annual Queen Liliu’okalani Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Race has brought attention and visitors to Kona. Recognized as the world’s largest long distance canoe race, this Labor Day weekend event welcomes more than 2,500 paddlers from around the globe. The race partners with the Hawaii Tourism Authority and the County of Hawai ‘i to extend and leverage its world-wide appeal. This event highlights the state’s official team sport of Hawaiian outrigger canoe racing and includes additional cultural aspects such as a craft and ocean fair, torch lighting parade and “talk story” cultural walk through historic Kailua Village.

The Culture & Heritage award is awarded to an individual or organization that has exhibited, through its actions, practices that promote island traditions and preserves our multi-cultural heritage. This year’s recipient is the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa for celebrating and promoting the Hawaiian culture in a respectful, deep-rooted way.

Taking the model of cultural programs several steps further, the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa has made Hawai‘i’s culture core to its operations. Recognizing the importance of cultural revitalization and that the Hawaiian culture is what differentiates Hawai‘i from other tropical destinations, this resort offers, not only the “expected” cultural activities, but more. It has created Kaukulaelae Land & Sea Historical tours, including the opportunity to board a traditional Hawai‘i sailing canoe and learn the history and legends of the coastline; and the Lekeleke Cultural walking tour. Residents are encouraged to enjoy these tours and they are free.

Chamber Business of the Year: From left: Vivian Landrum, KKCC president/CEO, Rebecca Villegas accepting for recipient Kona Brewing Company and KKCC Chair Debbie Baker

Chamber Member of the Year recognizes the individual who advocates, promotes and supports the mission of KKCC through active participation on committees, events, membership and/or community service. This year KKCC honors two recipients:  a Chamber Business Member of the Year, Kona Brewing Company, and a Chamber Individual Member of the Year, Hazel Beck.

Kona Brewing Company not only strives to lessen its environmental impact, but aims to make a noticeable difference in our community. KBC continually donates product and merchandise to benefit local schools, non-profit organizations and county agencies—and KKCC is one of those recipients. KBC donates to the Chamber’s annual golf tournament, monthly AfterHours and Bid for Hawai‘i online auction. Without KBC’s continued generosity, Chamber events would not be as well received, successful or as popular as they are.

The Chamber Member of the Year has committed time, energy and more than her fair share of sweat equity to support the efforts of our Chamber. Hazel Beck, of the Hawai‘i Small Business Development Center, joined the Chamber in 2008 and immediately established herself within KKCC by volunteering as a resource for programs and serving on the education and later government affairs committees.  She was elected to serve on the Chamber’s Board of Directors in 2011. Beck was instrumental in producing KKCC’s first Economic Summit and she continues to chair and drive two of its resource groups.

2012 Big Island Chocolate Festival – And the Winners Are

Six culinary stations took top honors at the recent Big Island Chocolate Festival at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.

Renowned New York City chocolatier Jacques “Mr. Chocolate” Torres oversaw a team of judges who critiqued the savory and sweet creations by chefs and confectioners.

Chef Eddie Enojardo of Hilton Waikoloa Village, Judge Teresa Shurilla, Judge Jacques Torres, Chef Hubert Des Marais of The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii, Judge Hasty Torres, Judge Steven Arakaki, Chefs Nick Mastrascusa and Noe Pi of Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Nat Bletter of Madre Chocolate, Cathy Smoot Barrett of Kailua Candy Company and Melanie Boudar of Sweet Paradise Chocolatier.

Winners and their entries included:

Best Savory

  • The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii, Big Isle Chocolate Pork Mole w/Tomatillo Salsa over Kabocha Pumpkin Maki

Best Dessert

  • Hilton Waikoloa Village, Orange Ginger Chocolate Mac Nut Crunch Torte

Best Bonbons

  • Sweet Paradise Chocolatier, Island Bounty Assortment: Lilikoi Silk, Ka’u Cappuccino, Kula Lavender ’N Maui Honeycomb, Coconut Creme Brulee and Mango Eruption

Best Bean to Bar

  • Madre Chocolate

People’s Choice: 2 Winners

  • First Place – Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, 24-Hr Braised Wild Boar Grilled Cheese w/ Chocolate and BBQ Bourbon Sauce and Hawaiian Chili Pepper AND MacNut Crusted Chocolate Pop w/ Lilikoi Foam and Alae Salted Caramel  (2 culinary offerings)
  • Second Place – Kailua Candy Company, Cathy’s Retro Mai Tai

Three hundred attendees enjoyed the festival’s offerings, which included live and silent auctions to benefit the building of a new amphitheatre at Kona Pacific Public Charter School and the “Equip the Kitchen” Campaign for the future Hawaii Community College campus at Palamanui.

Made in America 2 – L.A.’s Top Chefs Unite for Series of Culinary Celebrations and Experiences at the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai

Four Seasons Resort Hualālai at Historic Ka‘ūpūlehu, the first and only AAA Five-Diamond and Forbes Five-Star resort on Hawai‘i Island, announces Made in America 2, a celebration of high-profile dinners, cooking classes and experiences.     The series of culinary events, held at the resort March 1 – 5, 2012, highlights some of today’s top chefs and noted food author Lucy Lean’s book Made in America; Our Best Chefs Reinvent Comfort Food, published in October 2011.

Nancy Silverton (one Michelin-starred Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza, The Mozza Cookbook,   La Brea Bakery) and Matt Molina (executive chef, Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza, The Mozza Cookbook); Ludo and Krissy Lefebvre (LudoBites, Sundance Channel’s LudoBites America, Top Chef Masters);   Josiah Citrin (two Michelin-starred Mélisse, Lemon Moon Café, In Pursuit of Excellence) join hosts James Babian (executive chef, Four Seasons Resort Hualālai) and Linda Rodriguez (pastry chef, Four Seasons Resort Hualālai) for the celebrations.

Each of the participating chefs is featured in Made in America, which showcases America’s classic comfort food dishes, reinvented by 100 of today’s top chefs from across the United States. Master Sommelier     Chuck Furuya from Southern Wine & Spirits will be on hand pairing wines at the various dinners.

“After the success of our first Made in America events in October, we decided to do this again, even bigger and better,” says Robert Whitfield, regional vice president and general manager of Four Seasons Resort Hualālai. “This lineup of amazing guest chefs is top-notch, offering some great culinary experiences for our guests.”

The line-up of events (schedule subject to change) is as follows:

  • March 1: Nancy Silverton and Matt Molina cooking class, Prix-Fixe Dinner at Beach Tree, featuring Nancy Silverton and Matt Molina
  • March 2: Farm Tour and Lunch with James Babian, Prix Fixe Dinner at Pahu i’a, featuring Josiah Citrin
  • March 3: Fishing Trip with Chefs Master Sommelier, Chuck Furuya conducts “Wine Tasting 101”,   MiA2 Dinner at Beach Tree, featuring all chefs, Lucy Lean and Chuck Furuya
  • March 4: Ludo Lefebvre cooking class, Linda Rodriguez cooking class “Pie Making 10, Prix-Fixe Dinner at Pahu i’a, featuring James Babian, Linda Rodriguez and Chuck Furuya
  • March 5: Josiah Citrin cooking class, James Babian cooking class, Farm Dinner at Pahu i’a

Guests are invited to book one of these Made in America packages:

  • Four-night package: available February 29 – March 4, includes luxurious accommodations, daily breakfast buffet for two, two cooking classes, one wine class, one farm tour/lunch, three dinners and two signed Made in America books. Nightly rates from $4,380 for the four-night package.
  • Seven-night package: available February 29 – March 7 includes luxurious accommodations, daily breakfast buffet for two, five cooking classes, one wine class, one farm tour/lunch, five dinners and two signed Made in America books, Nightly rates from $7,665 for the seven-night package.
  • Additionally, room nights and Made in America events are available on an a la carte basis. Nightly room rates from $775.

For more information and reservations, please call toll-free (888) 340-5662, contact your travel professional (chain code FS) or visit www.fourseasons.com/hualalai.

Four Seasons and Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods Planting 500,000 Koa “Legacy” Trees

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka‘upulehu, the first and only AAA Five-Diamond and Forbes Five-Star resort on Hawai‘i Island, has partnered with Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods in planting up to 500,000 “legacy” koa trees in the native Hawaiian forest. This initiative is part of global effort of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts to plant 10 million trees around the world, in recognition of the company’s 50th birthday.

Hawaii Legacy Hardwoods

These trees, to be planted over the next few years, will significantly contribute to the reforestation of this depleted species. As ‘legacy’ trees, they will not be harvested, and will live out their natural life in the forest. Located 34 miles north of Hilo above historic Umikoa Village, this 2,700 acre sustainable forest was once home to the koa forest of King Kamehameha I, marking a historic and sacred place on the Island.

“This important initiative shows our continued commitment to doing the right thing,” says Robert Whitfield, general manager of Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. “Our partnership will allow our employees, our guests and clients to be a part of this effort in bettering our environment and Island in particular, whether by planting one tree, or a forest of trees.”

Interested guests can visit the on-property learning kiosk, adjacent to the Resort’s cultural center, during their stay to meet with a representative of Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods, to learn the details of the program and plant their seedling into a small tray. Guests will receive a certificate with a unique code, allowing them to follow their tree via GPS signal, once it is planted in the forest.

Participation fee is $40 per tree, which goes toward the planting and care of their koa seedling through the partnership with Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods, who supports The Nature Conservancy with a $1 contribution per tree sponsorship to support global reforestation.

The Nature Conservancy of Hawai’i, as well as the Boy Scouts Aloha Council and various government agencies, are involved in this important and valuable environmental initiative. “Hawaii has lost over half of its native forests since human contact,” says John Henshaw, The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii. “This partnership between Four Seasons Resort Hualalai and Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods is a step in the right direction to return the Hawaiian Forest to its former abundance.”

For more information and reservations, please call (888) 340-5662 or visit www.fourseasons.com/hualalai.

Big Island Dream Home to Be Auctioned Off… Anyone Beat My Offer?


From the San Francisco Chronicle:

…The properties, at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai on Hawaii’s Big Island, were previously offered at $10.3 million and $9.1 million, but they are going to be auctioned on August 10 with no minimum bid required

I’ll start the bidding at $1.00.