Culinary Arts Under the Stars – Benefit for Chef & Child Foundation

Kings’ Shops is partnering once again with the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Kona Kohala Chefs Association with the return of the Culinary Arts Under the Stars event February 22, 2014.   Last year’s event sold out and this year, 100 more tickets will be available for purchase.  Tickets are going fast! Just $45 in advance or $55 at the door and can be purchased at Maui Divers Jewelry in Kings’ Shops or at  Kenny C will be performing at Center Court Stage next to the wine and beer garden.  Scrip for beer and wine will be on sale for $5 during the event.  Coffee and water will be available for purchase at Kings’ Coffee.

Chef Ippy Aiona at the 2012 Mealani Taste of the Hawaiian Range

Chef Ippy Aiona of the Three Fat Pigs at the 2012 Mealani Taste of the Hawaiian Range

It will be an exciting evening of food tasting throughout the center presented by the top chefs from restaurants of the Kohala Coast.  Participating restaurants include Merriman’s Mediterranean Café, Roy’s Waikoloa Bar & Grill, The Three Fat Pigs, Hawaii Calls of  Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Kamuela Provision Company of Hilton Waikoloa Village, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar, Lava Lava Beach Club and Mamane Street Bakery. Students from the Hawaii Community College-West Hawaii will create exceptional desserts and salads for two tasting stations.

“One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the ACF Chef & Child Foundation program which will benefit children right here on Hawaii Island,” said Steve Schwartz, General Manager of Kings’ Shops.  A silent auction with donations from many of the Kings’ Shops retailers and restaurants will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Schwartz continued, “Maui Divers Jewelry has donated a 14k gold Hawaiian Wave Pendant and an 18 inch 14k necklace, valued at $995.  This is just one example of the generosity shown by our tenants, which is truly admirable.”  Items for bid will be placed online to view prior to the event, visit

Join Kings’ Shops and the ACF Kona Kohala Chef Association on Saturday, February 22nd at 5 p.m. for an evening of fun and good food for a terrific cause, Hawai`i Island’s keiki. Tickets are on sale now.  For more information visit


The CCF mission statement is “To educate children and families in understanding proper nutrition through community based initiatives led by the American Culinary Federation chef members, and to be the voice of the culinary industry in its fight against childhood hunger, malnutrition and obesity.”  The Chef and Child Foundation have been developing programs to stimulate grass root efforts to be led by chefs in communities across America.

Community Invited to Meet Santa at Queens’ MarketPlace

Media Release:

He knows when you’ve been bad or good, according to the song, so the community is advised to be good for goodness sake, and come to Queens’ MarketPlace for Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 18, 10:00-11:30 a.m. at Romano’s Macaroni Grill.  A fun way to start a festive day, the event is a Queens’ MarketPlace holiday tradition.

“Queens’ MarketPlace has some great opportunities for those of you that need to do some holiday shopping, so why not invite your family or friends to our Breakfast with Santa at Romano’s Macaroni Grill?” said Sales & Operations Manager Margo Mau Bunnell.  “It’s a great way for the keiki to meet Santa, tell him what they’re wishing for, and have your camera ready to get that memorable photo with good ol’ Saint Nick.  Then stroll around the shops and take a look at our colorful new decorations.”

Admission to Breakfast with Santa is $15 Adults, $10 children 5-11 years old, free for keiki 4 and under.  Prices include a family-style breakfast buffet, tax and gratuity, visit from Santa, face painting, creating an ornament and a photo opportunity with Santa. Reservations are required.  886-8822.

This is the first of a series of “photo ops” with the Santa, with picture-taking sessions scheduled December 18 and 19, 12:00 noon-2:00 p.m. and 4:00-7:00 p.m.  And, December 20-23, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
“So don’t forget to bring your cameras and snap that memorable shot at the Coronation Pavilion,” said Mau-Bunnell.  “And then post your photos with Santa or with the “Retro Holiday Décor on the Queens’ MarketPlace Facebook page, so you will be entered to win a $50 gift certificate.”

For more information, visit or call 886-8822.