HAWA March/April 2014 : Page 76

best of tHe Islands Hawai‘i LOOKS better tHan ever—aLL tHe wHiLe Staying true tO itS rOOtS. StyLe MavenS, tOP-nOtCH tOQueS, DeSign DOyenneS, a CuLtur ati OverLOaD anD a bLOSSOMing beauty SCene await. weLCOMe tO tHe gOOD Life in tHe iSLanDS! by the editors with Margaret Kearns Portraits by adam Jung, nina Kuna, Linny Morris and Sue Hudelson

Feature Best Of The Islands

HAWAI‘I LOOKS BETTER THAN EVER—ALL THE WHILE STAYING TRUE TO ITS ROOTS. STYLE MAVENS, TOP-NOTCH TOQUES, DESIGN DOYENNES, A CULTURATI OVERLOAD AND A BLOSSOMING BEAUTY SCENE AWAIT. WELCOME TO THE GOOD LIFE IN THE ISLANDS!

Culture

SCREEN SENSATION Actor Henry Ian Cusick describes his connection to Hawai‘i as a visceral love aff air that began after he was cast in the hit TV series, LOST. Having grown up in the West Indies, the Scottish-Peruvian thespian was immediately taken by the ocean, people’s warmth and the intimate community. “When I arrived in Hawai‘i, I remember feeling something very familiar, and I wanted my sons to have that,” says Cusick, who settled on O‘ahu with his wife, Annie, and three school-aged sons. Going against the typical logic, the dashing, yet down-to-earth, star and his family stayed in Hawai‘i post-LOST and haven’t regretted it for a second. In fact, while the distance to the mainland creates the occasional challenge, Cusick’s career has flourished in more ways than one. At home, he has gained praise for his short film, Dress, which reveals the ravaged emotions of a grieving widower. Shot at his Lanikai home with an island cast, the celluloid wonder scored the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the last Hawaii International Film Festival and is now hitting the festival circuit. Then, there’s his burgeoning television career. After a stint on the ABC hit Scandal, Cusick landed a lead role in a new series, The 100, a futuristic, post-apocalyptic drama that debuts on The CW on March 19. And always thinking of his island home, the 46-year-old Cusick is also collaborating with filmmaker Brett Wagner on a TV pilot in the works—set right in Hawai‘i. henryiancusick.com

Renaissance Woman

In an era often defined by stifling compartmentalization, Willow Chang gloriously transcends all boundaries. It all started when, after studies at Punahou School and training under Kumu Hula Alicia Smith, this rebel with a cause made a novelworthy journey to Sarah Lawrence College, then Fashion Institute of Technology and, finally, Egypt to perform in a Polynesian revue at a luxury hotel. In the midst of antiquity, Chang discovered the art of raqs sharqi, or belly dance. That taste of those rapturous Middle Eastern rhythms would launch her on a globe-trekking path to become one of Hawai‘i’s most eclectic performers. (Her shows can delve into Bollywood sizzle or contemporary dance fit for an arthouse.) But Chang can sing with the best of them, a talent she proved in her years with exotica band Don Tiki, and continues with Hot Club of Hulaville. While performing and touring abroad will continue in 2014—Chang’s most recent artistic adventures were in Germany—she continues to push her latest interdisciplinary talents. Her newest role: host of the new cultural web series The Art of Life on ThinkTech Hawaii. Willowchang.com

Now Screening

There’s nothing like a hometown favorite. At least that’s what actorturned- director Keo Woolford proved with the locally produced film The Haumana, when it scored the Audience Award for Best Narrative at the last edition of the Hawaii International Film Festival. (The flick also sold out the entire 1,400 seat Hawaii Theatre.) After winning praises at home, Woolford is now off to conquer the world with his drama of transformation through the art of hula. And he’s well on his way. After scoring kudos from The Hollywood Reporter, Woolford is planning on taking the film to Japan, where hula’s popularity is without comparison. Haumanamovie.com

Life on the Edge

Artist Jason Wright has singlehandedly brought urban cool to Hawai‘i Island. After spending his childhood on Kaua‘i and O‘ahu’s North Shore, this 38-year-old creative returned home to the islands late last year. And has he been busy: studying, painting and subsequently creating a following among modern art collectors and dealers in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere in the country. One of his first projects was to open his one-of-a-kind Wright Gallery Hawaii in Kailua-Kona. The goal: to bring contemporary art to the isle, where canvases steer toward the scenic. “I love modern art, the techniques and the artists,” says Wright. “The gallery really isn’t about me and my work, but rather important emerging and midcareer contemporary artists I know personally, whose work is stimulating, moving and relevant to the present.” Sixteen artists are featured, including Wright himself. When not creating his own pieces or scouting works for the gallery, you’ll find Wright surfing the best breaks along the Kona Coast. Given his independent flair, it’s not a shock to learn that he was also a pro snowboarder and a competitive sky diver. 73-5590 Kauhola St., Kailua Kona, Hawai‘i Island, 333.6572, wrightgalleryhawaii.com.

Breaking Edition

Upcountry Maui artist Jonathan Yukio Clark recently returned from a year in Kyoto, Japan, and, judging by his latest series of works, it was time well spent. Drawing upon motifs from Hawaiian and Japanese culture, his latest installations dazzle with color and patterns with sophisticated restraint. This spring, the young talent will participate in the show 4 Men: 4 Visions of Significance, showing from March 14 to May 2 at Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao. Afterward, he will make his way down for a show in the works at new hot spot Art Project Paia. Jyclark.com

FAB FIVE: MUST-SEE EXHIBITIONS OF THE SEASON

1 Golden Age enter into a world of shimmering beauty with the stunning Light From Shadow, a one-of-a-kind exhibition retrospective that explores the captivating brilliance of the precious metal in Japanese art for a thousand years. Through June 1. Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St., Makiki/Ward, 532.8700, honolulumuseum.org

2 Talent Pool While Maui may be far behind o‘ahu in population, its concentration of creative talent is surprising. Case in point: this year’s Art Maui, the Valley Isle’s annual juried exhibition. March 24 through april 25. Schaefer International Gallery, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, 1 Cameron Way, Kahului, Maui, 242.2787, artmaui.com

3 Recycle Revolution the exhibition Remaining Remnants turns the idea of the worn and used on its head, revealing the meaning and deeper value of textiles and rags, from a jacket made of strips of old kimono to hooked rag rugs. Through July 1. Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St., Makiki/Ward, 532.8700, honolulumuseum.org

4 String Theory hawai‘i may lack precious stones, but its beaches behold miniature wonders: shells that can be strung in strands more valuable than pearls. Ni‘ihau Shell Lei: Ocean Origins, Living Traditions captures this stunning tradition. Through april 14. Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice St., Kapalama, 847.3511, bishopmuseum.org

5 Gallery Girls In Women Competence & Allure, a trio of women artists—Rose adare, Gabrielle anderman and May Izumi—packs this premier gallery space with three concurrent solo shows exploring bohemianism, instinct and fantasy. June 7 through aug. 1. Schaefer International Gallery, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, 1 Cameron Way, Kahului, Maui, 242.2787, mauiarts.org

Health & Beauty

HEAD OF THE PACK

When it comes to beauty in the islands, Dr. Shim Ching is ahead of the curve. By keeping constantly vigilant—studying the latest research, attending international conferences and employing the newest technology, this medical maven continues to hold his place as one of Honolulu’s go-to plastic surgeons. Ching was the first in Hawai‘i to introduce both laser liposuction and Coolsculpting, a noninvasive procedure that uses cooling technology to eliminate fat without damaging the skin. He also recently implemented a cutting-edge laser hair-removal technique, using the sophisticated Soprano Xli, that he says feels like a hot stone massage. A native of Canada, Ching earned degrees from McGill University and The University of British Columbia and received specialized training in Geneva, New York City and Rio de Janeiro. Although settled now in Hawai‘i, Ching says he frequently travels around the globe to attend scientific meetings. He is also involved with the nonprofit Aloha Medical Mission, traveling overseas to treat underserved people who otherwise might not get medical care. As for his clients, he enjoys helping people address concerns and feel more comfortable about themselves. “That’s what I find rewarding,” he says. Hale Pawa‘a, 1401 S. Beretania St., Suite 888, Makiki, 585.8855, drshimching.com

Enlightenment Found

Choices for island yogis are expanding. On Kaua’i, discover serenity in the meditative studio at Metamorphose Yoga (4270 Kilauea Road, Kilauea, Kaua‘i, 828.6292, metamorphoseyoga.com). on o‘ahu, feel the heat at Bikram Yoga Kailua (46 ho‘olai st., Kailua, 753.2220, kailuabikramyoga.com) before heading to the beach. Or join a hip crowd of media and PR scenesters for the deliciously rigorous classes at CorePower Yoga (Kahala Mall, 4211 Wai‘alae ave., Kahala, 738.9642, corepoweryoga.com), where even the soundtrack is cool. Think of lying in shavasana to the sounds of James blake.

Face Time

In 2011, women’s cosmetics made a quantum leap forward, thanks to the debut of Tom Ford’s coveted beauty line. Now, gents can maximize their appeal with Ford’s new skincare and grooming line. The gorgeously packaged collection smartly blends Eastern and Western ingredients to clean, soothe and rejuvenate the skin with a simple, straightforward line of products, including an intensive purifying mud mask that changes color when done. With this kind of innovation, what man wouldn’t want to put his best face forward? Neiman Marcus, Ala Moana Center

Mix and Match

The Andaz Maui at Wailea’s gorgeous ‘Awili Spa and Salon is setting itself apart as one of the hippest oasises in Hawai‘i. The key to its success is its omakase approach—borrowed from the tenets of Japanese cuisine, where the chef creates a menu for his client. Here, every session starts at the inviting apothecary counter. A specialist guides you through Maui-sourced botanicals, soothing or invigorating essences and other natural wonders. Need some extra warmth to relax tense muscles, for example? Then, opt for nioi, or Hawaiian chile pepper. Once your concoction is blended by hand, then’s it’s just the start of many exquisite treatments. Options abound, but do request Guilherme from Brazil if you’re getting a massage. You’ll feel like you’ve lounged on the beach in Rio for a month when you leave the treatment room. 3550 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea, Maui, 573.1234, maui. Andaz. Hyatt. Com

FAB FIVE: HOT SPA TREATMENTS

1 Razzle Dazzle the Modern honolulu’s Swarovski Iced Pedicure is a glam way to treat your feet. After your tootsies are massaged and exfoliated with a warm sugar scrub, this gel pedicure covers each nail with a layer of swarovski crystals. Two hours, $250, 1775 Ala Moana Blvd, Waikiki, 943. 5800, themodernhonolulu. Com

2 Slim Down Get bikini-ready in a flash with four seasons Resort Maui’s i-Lipo. It’s a nonsurgical treatment alternative to liposuction, using low-level laser technology to shape your body quickly and safely. 20 minutes, $450, 3900 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea, Maui, 874. 8000, fourseasons. Com/ maui

3 All Bubbles the st. Regis Princeville is creating buzz with the Ali’i Lavender Champagne Scrub. After a pumice cleansing, a Champagne serum made with organic grape seed oil is applied and then sealed with the luxurious ali’i lavender body butter. 75 minutes, $195, 5520 Ka Haku Road, Princeville, Kaua‘i, 826.9644, stregis.com

4 Sea Quest a stunning feature of the new Willow stream spa is the massage on the high-tech Wave Table, an island exclusive which simulates floating in the ocean. The ultimate combo: therapeutic and relaxing. 60 minutes for $185, 90 minutes for $275, Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui, 4100 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea, Maui, 875.4100, fairmont.com/kea-lani-maui

5 Wrapped Up Revel in the sea’s regenerating powers with a Seaweed Cocoon at Kapalua spa at the Montage Kapalua bay. Green kelp and white tea restore circulation and softness to the skin. 50 minutes for $160; 80 minutes for $225, 100 Bay Drive, Kapalua, Maui, 665. 8282, kapaluabay.montagehotels.com

Style

MADE ON MAUI

When dreaming up designs for her islandchic brand Letarte, jet-setting Maui designer Lisa Letarte Cabrinha always has her eyes open. “So many people romanticize their inspirations, but along with my travels and the island lifestyle, the funniest things can inspire me,” she admits, adding that a T-shirt from the latest collection was inspired by a candy wrapper. After Letarte’s 14 years of coverage and its coveted cover spot in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue twice, Cabrinha was asked to design a suit for the cover of coffee-table tome Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful. Luckily, Cabrinha is never short on ideas, and along with her sister, Michele Letarte Ross, has taken the boho-luxe label from Pa‘ia, Maui, to outposts on New York’s Madison Avenue and Palm Beach’s Worth Avenue and, most recently, Malibu. As for O‘ahu, stylish swim fans can delight in knowing that by summer 2014, the brand’s aloha spirit is finally coming by way of a Waikiki boutique. Letarteswimwear. Com

Prints Charming

Island designer Amos Kotomori recently wowed fans with his exquisite new line of shirts, bodhi by Kotomori. Subtly elegant, the shirts take their inspiration from Kotomori’s Villa bodhi, an intimate getaway he created in bali a few years ago. To create the beautiful patterns, fine linen is dyed in indigo, then printed with a solution that reveals the fabric’s original color. The result: relaxed elegance perfect for a tropical escape. Neiman Marcus, Ala Moana Center

Lana‘i Goes Luxe

Life on cozy Lana‘i has never looked better! The spacious new Seaside Luxe boutique at Four Seasons Resort Lanai pops with style, offering a curated selection covering everything from up-and-coming designer wears to chic scents, as well as a glam section showcasing high-end women’s fashion and fine jewelry. Spring must-haves include Missoni swimsuits and cover-ups, Albertus Swanepoel hats and Orlebar Brown men’s polo shirts. Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay, 1 Manele Bay Road, Lana‘i City, Lana‘i, 565.2000, fourseasons. Com/manelebay

Totally Tori

With a 60-year history, famed Hawai‘i label Tori Richard upped its style game when it received Hawai‘i’s Retailer of the Year award and opened its ninth retail store, a 1,789-square-foot paradise on Kalakaua Avenue with a fresh new look. Say goodbye to the Balinese woods and hello to a clean and modern blue and white palette, spiked by a cherry red 1961 MGA convertible. (Yes, a replica of the model made famous by Elvis in Blue Hawaii.) This spring, men’s and women’s collections are decidedly modern, made of swingy silks and lightweight knits, suitable for a laid-back lunch meeting or roaming the beach, which can be slipped on at the latest revamped location at Ala Moana Center. Toririchard. Com

FAB FIVE: REVAMPED RETAILERS

1 Trunk Show the king of the monogram pattern, Louis Vuitton is getting ready to thrill with the launch of its expanded twostory space at ala Moana Center in late spring. Included are a bespoke handbag program, a jewel and watch section, and more men’s offerings. 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Mall Level 2, 973.0580, louisvuitton. Com

2 Pump It Up after the unveiling of a new jewel-box boutique at ala Moana Center, Jimmy Choo is going to make it easier for the girls in Waikiki to slip on their Choos! Coming this summer is a chic new space at Royal hawaiian Center. 2201 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki, jimmychoo. Com

3 Swim for It! Quintessential palace of isle style Rebecca Beach just launched a second location at iconic the Royal hawaiian hotel. The boutique mixes up local swimwear designers such as tori Praver, as well as jet-setting brands like Calypso st. barth. 2259 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki, 931.7722, rebeccabeach. Com

4 Bold Bijoux 2014 is seeing a whole new side of Hildgund Jeweler, a fixture at the isles’ most elite resorts. We’re hooked on the fresh, sexy branding and a gorgeous new look at the Kahala hotel & Resort. 5000 Kahala Ave., Kahala, 737.8663, hildgund. Com

5 Island Beauty tahitian pearls and precious black coral await at Maui Divers Jewelry Luxury Collection at hilton hawaiian Village. The 875-square-foot store pairs the islands’ natural beauty with a modern design in a neutral color palette layered with subtle patterns. 2005 Kalia Road, Waikiki, 955. 0930, mauidivers.com

Design & Home

Urban Renewal

The future is looking bright for Kaka‘ako, Honolulu’s urban neighborhood that promises to be one of the most significant developments on O‘ahu in years. While players abound, one of the most promising is The Howard Hughes Corporation with its Ward Village projects. The area currently known for Ward Centers will be transforming into a chic pedestrian area of winding paths. Add to that upcoming luxury buildings that will offer breathtaking views and amenities never before seen on the islands. (Think elevators that will take your car up to your front door.) Though some projects won’t be completed until a few years from now, the first stages are already coming to fruition. Just look at the hip structure fronting Vladimir Ossipoff’s IBM buildling, and see the vision become a reality. Wardvillage.com

Scandinavian Stunner

Georg Jensen continues to wow with its exquisitely modern and sculptural pieces for the home. Thanks to the Danish house’s team of skilled designers, everyday items from vases to serving trays are transformed into objects of beauty that remain functional. And not one to ignore its century-long heritage, the company recently unveiled Georg Jensen Antiques, which brings recently discovered heirloom pieces to avid collectors. Halekulani, 2199 Kalia Road, Waikiki, 922.4700, georgjensen.com

HEIR APPARENT

If there is one name in Hawai‘i that’s synonymous with interior design, it’s Philpotts. It’s a well-deserved association, thanks to the accomplishments of Mary Philpotts McGrath. While this grande dame continues to inspire after celebrating her studio’s 50th anniversary, her daughter, Marion Philpotts-Miller, is taking the family legacy into the next chapter. Astutely observant, sophisticated and refreshingly down-to-earth, this Nu‘uanu-raised Punahou grad combines urban chic and barefoot elegance with ease. It’s a quality that she has brought to projects in the islands and on the mainland for discriminating clientele. (She honed her skills at her own boutique firm in San Francsico before heading home 13 years ago.) While Philpotts-Miller draws inspirations from many sources, travel stands out, from a road trip to Fez in Morocco or working on a custom project under the periwinkle blue of the Colorado sky. 40 S. School St., Suite 200, Downtown Honolulu, 523.6771, philpotts.net

Haute Address

While the keys to honolulu’s newest wave of luxury condos won’t be available until 2015 at the earliest, a quartet of sumptuous apartments at the trump International hotel Waikiki beach Walk just came onto the market—perfect for those in need of a pied-à-terre stat. Dubbed The Trump Luxury Collection, the ensemble features two penthouses and two apartments. All four units boast stunning ocean views, while interiors deftly combine contemporary design with subtle island accents. (think of the gorgeous play of marble and onyx against white oak.) And because these units are located at the trump, expect all amenities and services to be fitting of this leading property, making the price tag worth every pretty penny. Residential units from $4.3 million, penthouses, price upon request. 223 Saratoga Ave., Waikiki, 445. 9091, trumpwaikiki.com

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

Hawai‘i Island’s newest luxury residential resort, Kohanaiki—the first of its kind in nearly a decade—is creating a well-deserved buzz all along the Kona Coast. Not only does it boast 1.5 miles of pristine shoreline and a sun-kissed landscape, the resort reveals a distinct personality, thanks to a dream team that includes golf-course designer Rees Jones (who created the spectacular 18-hole championship course), top architects Shay Zak of San Francisco and Warren Sunnland of Honolulu, and spa expert Tracy Lee. But that’s just the setting for a truly distinctive Hawai‘i experience, which has drawn clientele from all over the country and beyond. Make your own home at Kohanaiki at custom one-acre home sites that run between $1.5 and $5 million. If you prefer an architect’s signature, Sunnland’s Hale Mai‘a townhomes start at $2.5 million. Or splurge on a Zak three- or four-bedroom custom hale (house) starting at $3.2 million. 73-4676 Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway, Mile Marker 95, Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘ i Island, 329.6200, kohanaiki.com

FAB FIVE: REALTORS TO CALL NOW

1 Tour of Duty Industry veteran Steve Hurwitz of Mauna Kea Realty specializes in finding the most luxurious properties from the Kona Coast to bucolic Waimea. Think chic estates at the likes of hualalai Resort and Kuki’o. 882.5600, maunakearealty.com

2 West Side Story Mary Anne Fitch of Maui estates International’s niche encompasses the island’s creme de la creme, including luxurious beachfront West Maui homes and estates in Ka‘anapali, Kapalua and napili. 283.9007, soldmaui.com

3 Deal Maker Consistently ranked one of hawai‘i’s top realtors, the Kahala-based broker Myron Noboru Kiriu of Prudential advantage Realty, who first cut his teeth as a Cpa, closes one big deal after another, utilizing his financial savvy to the fullest. 864.9000, myronkiriu.com

4 Rising Star hawai‘i Island native Kaimi Judd has made the leap to Wailea- Makena, Maui, where he’ll continue to represent high-end private community residences. The Yale grad, who’s married to former Hawaii News Now reporter Malika dudley, has more than a decade of experience in luxury real estate. 640.6023

5 Estate Insider With more than 25 years experience, Riette Jenkins of Coldwell banker Maui connects clients to the perfect home, thanks to her connections and intimate knowledge of premier properties. 870.4073, waileahawaii.com

Food & Drink

ISLAND SON

Chef Isaac Bancaco has found his place in the sun, and it’s at the Andaz Maui at Wailea. After honing his skills under Ming Tsai and heading the kitchens at Humuhumunukunukuapua‘a at the Grand Wailea and Pineapple Grill in Kapalua, the Valley Isle-born and -raised toque is now writing a new chapter in Hawai‘i’s diverse culinary heritage at the resort’s main resto, Ka‘ana Kitchen. “Ka‘ana means to share in Hawaiian,” explains Bancaco. “And that’s exactly what we do here.” Add to that a refreshingly spare and contemporary interior, and you have a recipe for success. Already, local foodies and visitors have been relishing Bancaco’s ever-changing menu of shared plates crafted from locally sourced ingredients and inspired by rich island traditions. “Local palates are naturally sophisticated,” says Banaco, who pays homage to the array of flavors with which people in Hawai‘i have grown up. Instead of reinventing dishes, he remixes them with a bevy of culinary techniques. The result is at once comfortably familiar and surprising. 3550 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea, Maui, 573.1234, maui. Andaz. Hyatt. Com

Spirited Away

The recipe is deceptively simple: meticulously filtered deep-sea water off the Kona Coast and organically grown cane sugar from the slopes of Maui’s haleakala. But the final concoction is a class in itself. Started by the Valley Isle’s smith family, Ocean Vodka is quickly gaining attention from all directions. First, there are the growing accolades (an impressive triple-gold medal at the beverly hills World spirits Competition) to the mixmasters around the islands who have turned to this locally crafted spirit. Apparently, the mineral content in the sea water enhances the overall flavor of a cocktail. But infiltrating the menus of Maui’s best bars is just the start for the brand. And if that weren’t enough, additional Maui-made spirits are already in the works. Oceanvodka.com

Roots Revival

Of all the plants to flourish in hawai‘i’s soil, none has honored a place as kalo, or taro, an ancestral staple with a mythic history and phenomenal benefits. Now comes the documentary project I Am Haloa, spearheaded by a team of island filmmakers and culinary revolutionaries—including torry tukuafu, daniel anthony, Vince Keala lucero, Keala Kelly and alohi ae’a—that follows three young women as they embark on a journey of eating as their ancestors once did. Iamhaloa.org

Bliss Maker

Conversing with Michelle Karr-Ueoka about her desserts is like talking to an obsessed scientist about her latest research. While passionately describing the inspiration for each of her sweet treats, her artistry and commitment become palpable. Thus, it’s no surprise that the former Alan Wong protégé, who now helms her own upscale eatery, MW Restaurant, with her hubbie, chef Wade Ueoka, holds the distinction as the most buzzed about pastry chef on O‘ahu. Karr-Ueoka earned this cred by consistently executing wondrously whimsical treats, such as her complex, almost intellectual, coconut dessert. “I wanted a dessert that featured every part of the coconut to show its different forms,” she says. She’s also experimenting with different cocktail-inspired desserts, such as her liliko‘i mimosa with a Champagne kanten (Japanese gelatin), Champagne sorbet and liliko‘i. “It tastes like you’re drinking a mimosa!” she says. This spring, expect to see sweet endings using luscious oranges from Wailea, including her take of the beloved Creamsicle. “I enjoy doing this because you can be both experimental and artistic,” she says. 1538 Kapi‘olani Blvd., Suite 107, Ala Moana/Kapi‘olani, 955.6505, mwrestaurant.com

FAB FIVE: YOUNG CHEFS TO WATCH

1 Early Riser Whoever says honolulu isn’t a breakfast town should think twice after tasting Lee Anne Wong’s comfortcentric breakfast and brunch fare at the soon-toopen Koko head Café, with dishes that are both exquisitely prepared and presented. Koko Head Café, 1145 12th Ave., Kaimuki

2 Blue Note there’s a lot of anticipation for what azure’s new Chef de Cuisine Shaymus Alwin—a protégé of thomas Keller at the french laundry—can bring to one of honolulu’s finest restos. Azure, The Royal Hawaiian, 2259 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki, 923.7311, azurewaikiki.com

3 Bay Watch as the head toque at Rays on the bay, o‘ahu native Jayson Malla already has infused his menu with playful, offerings that tease and tantalize. Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, 78-128 ‘Ehukai St., Keauhou, Hawai‘i Island, 930. 4949, raysonthebay.com

4 New Arrival the top of his class at the California Culinary academy, le Cordon bleu in san francisco, chef Anton Haines moved to Maui last year to nurture his talents at Pacific’o and has impressed diners ever since. 505 Front St., Lahaina, Maui, 667.4341, pacificomaui . Com

5 High Roller as fairmont’s chef de cuisine, overseeing norio’s Japanese steakhouse & sushi bar, Darren Ogasawara brings master sushi-crafting skills he honed in California to the Kohala Coast. Fittingly, ogasawara describes himself as nothing less than a “sushi impressionist.” The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii, 1 N. Kaniku Drive, Kohala Coast, Hawai‘i Island, 800.847.6295, fairmont.com/orchid-hawaii

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