Meet Our Chefs


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Mauna Lani's talented chefs incorporate the freshest island ingredients into creative culinary delights. Meet the culinary masterminds of our Big Island restaurants, Executive Chef Clayton Arakawa and Chef de Cuisine Allen Hess.

Executive Chef Clayton Arakawa leads the overall culinary operations of the hotel, overseeing Mauna Lani's restaurants and banquet functions. He gained respect as a culinary genius for his creativity in showcasing local ingredients in bold and innovative ways. Chef Arakawa's culinary flair can be seen in all of the hotel's cuisine.

Read more: Executive Chef Clayton Arakawa

Chef de Cuisine Allen Hess is known for his bold and progressive take on Hawaii Regional Cuisine. He hails the CanoeHouse as a "Hawaiian culinary adventure that incorporates the best and freshest ingredients raised on the island." Showcasing more than 80% locally grown produce, each dish offers a compelling story fusing cuisine inspired by Hawaii's plantation era with modern aesthetics and technique.Chef Hess has been at the helm of the CanoeHouse since 2012

Read more: Chef de Cuisine Allen Hess
See Chef on Hawaii News Now 08/30/12