All posts tagged: Culinary Institute of America

Chris Kajioka: Life Changes When You Become A Dad

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Hawaii
Photo: Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Oʻahu-born chef Chris Kajioka describes himself as stubborn, independent and a sports fanatic but what he really wants the world to know is that he is Cade’s father.  “Being a dad is the best thing that has ever happened to me,” says the ʻIolani School graduate.  “I love everything about it.  I want to give Cade everything I can while I’m around.” His son was named after a favorite wine that he and his wife enjoy, […]

Mark Noguchi: Life Inspired By Hula

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Hawaii
Photo: Ethann Oki

Photo: Ethann Oki “Educate and Inspire.” Those were the words that Nālani Kanaka‘ole, kumu hula (hula teacher) of Hālau O Kekuhi, rooted within Mark Noguchi nearly 20 years ago.  “The hālau gave me life,” says Mark, chef and co-founder of Pili Group, a culinary catering company focused on inspiring the community through education and food.  He paused and looked down trying to find the words to describe his enduring gratitude.  Tears began rolling down his face.  “I don’t know where […]