Huggo’s Appoints Ken Schloss as Executive Chef

Huggo’s, Kona’s iconic waterfront restaurant, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ken Schloss as Executive Chef. As a multi-talented chef, his culinary achievements span 20 years and deliver an added dimension to this family-owned, award-winning landmark restaurant.

Ken Schloss

Ken Schloss

Rooted in the San Francisco Bay area and California Wine Country, Chef Ken primarily worked in Napa Valley and expanded his repertoire with a five-year exploration of the tropical cuisine of the Caribbean.

Chef Ken is no stranger to Kona. He has traveled to Kona for the past nine years enjoying this vacation destination. This year, he decided to make the move from California to Kona full time. Shortly after arriving, Chef Ken took a position on the Pride of America overseeing the five restaurants on board the ship.

Chef Ken has garnered notable recognition in public cooking demonstrations, numerous radio and television show appearances, media luncheons and newspaper and magazine interviews in both California and the Caribbean.

“Chef Ken is a very accomplished chef and we are proud to welcome him as our Executive Chef. He brings tremendous talent and creative cuisine to our culinary team,” said Huggo’s owner Eric von Platen Luder.

Chef Ken looks forward to making a strong impact on the farm to table culinary scene here in Hawaii. He plans to support traditional Huggo’s classics, while expanding them with a modern twist and ingredients from local farmers. “I respect the tradition established here at Huggo’s, and look forward to updating classic Huggo’s dishes,” said Chef Ken Schloss. “Huggo’s has a strong bond with local fisherman and farmers, and I look forward to furthering those relationships.”

Coming Up – Kau Kau Kailua Restaurant Week

More than 20 restaurants are participating in Kailua Village Business Improvement District’s 2nd Annual Kau Kau Kailua Restaurant Week September 18 through 24. Participating restaurants will offer specially crafted dinner menus throughout Historic Kailua Village priced at $20, $30 or $40 per person. Additional special values will be offered at quick service dining establishments.

Kau Kau Kailua Restaurant Week

“We’re pleased that with so many restaurant choices, dining out during Kau Kau Kailua Restaurant Week truly delivers excellent values. We’re also excited about the innovative three-course dinner menus we’re seeing planned,” said KVBID President Eric von Platen Luder. “Kau Kau Kailua Restaurant Week is an ideal time to return to the water’s edge, support a favorite restaurant one night and visit a new one another night.”

Participating restaurants currently include Bistro Yokohama, Blazin Steaks Kona, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Cathee’s Kitchen, Dave’s Ice Cream, Don the Beachcomber, Huggo’s, Huggo’s On The Rocks, Humpy’s Big Island Alehouse, Island Lava Java, Kona Brewing Company, Kona Canoe Club, Kona Inn Restaurant, Krua Thai Cuisine, Mike’s Just Barbecuing, Quinn’s Almost By the Sea, Splasher’s Grill, Tante’s Restaurant, The Fish Hopper Seafood & Steak and Ultimate Burger.

Anheuser Busch Sales of Hawaii, First Hawaiian Bank, HFM Foodservice and West Hawaii Today are partnering with KVBID as supporting sponsors of Kau Kau Kailua Restaurant Week. The event officially begins Sunday, September 18 in conjunction with Kokua Kailua, when Alii Drive becomes a festive pedestrian-only marketplace. To launch Kau Kau Kailua Restaurant Week, Hawaiian reggae songstress Paula Fuga, who has collaborated with the likes of Jack Johnson and Ziggy Marley, will perform a free concert at September’s Kokua Kailua beginning at 5pm.

Log on to www.HistoricKailuaVillage.com for complete details and a link for a sneak peak at menu offerings posted to date. Check back often as restaurants continue to add their Kau Kau Kailua Restaurant Week menus to the site.

Big Island Offering Great Deals for Locals

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Kama‘āina Specials Launch Sunday on www.bigisland.org/getaway

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The Big Island Visitors Bureau and its island activity, lodging and dining partners have pooled resources to splash out unbeatable savings for kama‘āina travelers.

“We have paradise right here on Hawai‘i’s Big Island, and it’s just a short drive or short and affordable flight away,” said George Applegate, Executive Director of the Big Island Visitors Bureau.

The weather is fabulous, Kīlauea volcano is putting on quite a show, and getaways, reunions and vacations are top of mind for local people – both Hawai‘i Island and neighbor island residents. Applegate said that when BIVB asked local businesses what kinds of deals they could offer kama‘āina, the organization was met with irresistible offers from all corners of Hawai‘i’s diverse Big Island.

Want to unwind on one of the world’s best beaches on the sun-soaked Kohala Coast? Take advantage of Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel’s Golden Anniversary of Statehood kama‘āina special: book two nights at $199 per night, get the third night at $50.

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel

Never been to Ka Lae, where sea-faring Polynesians landed their sailing canoes to discover Hawai‘i long ago?  Discover this tranquil, beautiful region and stay at Kalaekilohana, a Hawaiian-owned luxury B&B offering a “Guilt-Free Getaway” for groups for as little as $49/night per person, if your party stays three nights or more.

Kalaekilohana Bed & Breakfast

Kalaekilohana Bed & Breakfast

Want to see the sun sink beneath the clouds, then the stars light up the night sky atop Maunakea? Or take a guided trek to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park – Hawai‘i’s only World Heritage Site – to witness the recent activity at Kīlauea, both at the summit and at sea level? Compare deals by Arnott’s Lodge & Hiking Adventures, KapohoKine Adventures, and Hawaii Forest & Trail.

How about dining oceanfront at Huggo’s in Kailua-Kona? You’ll save 20 percent off entrees after 8:30 p.m. Take an underwater journey aboard Atlantis Submarines in Kailua-Kona, and keiki ride for free with a paying adult. Or, snorkel and dive at night with gentle, giant manta rays and the expert crew of Kona Honu Divers, for 15 percent off.

Atlantis Submarine

Atlantis Submarine

“There are so many remarkable experiences on Hawai‘i’s Big Island, and our island is so vast and so diverse, even Big Island residents can enjoy a real getaway by driving to a different zip code,” Applegate said.

Nearly 50 Big Island offers await residents of the 50th state on its new kama‘āina special website, www.bigisland.org/getaway . The specials will be promoted on local radio, TV and in print media, too.

Why go anywhere else? Save money and splurge on unforgettable memories right here at home, on Hawai‘i’s youngest and biggest island, where the scenery is different around every corner and the savings are spectacular.