Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022 |
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POIPU — The grand opening of Tapas at the Kukuiula restaurant, featuring a traditional Hawaiian blessing by Kapu Kelvin Ho, was held at the Shops at Kukuiula on Thursday.
Tapas at Kukuiula offers a variety of dishes from the ‘Aina (land) and ‘Kai (sea) served tapas style with a local twist featuring Pacific Rim flavors, farm fresh local ingredients, a variety of authentic sangrias and an extensive wine list.
The leadership team will be Executive Chef Kristen Yanagawa, Sous Chef Fred Rivera and General Manager Alika Youn.
Executive Chef, Kristen Yanagawa joins a lineup of Hawaii’s top chefs at The Shops at Kukui‘ula including Peter Merriman and Roy Yamaguchi.
Mentored by several top island chefs and a local graduate from Kauai Community College Culinary School, Chef Kristen hopes to bring a new style of culinary artistry to the restaurant, focusing on simple ingredients, creative presentations and flavorful food.
Dining will be available from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
“We are pleased to have one of Hawaii’s top women chefs, Kristen join our ohana at The Shops,” said Helaine Perel, real estate manager of The Shops at Kukuiula. “Moving into 2016, along with new additions such as Poipu Sol and Slipper, Reyn Spooner and Cruise Kauai, the new Tapas at Kukuiula, will continue to make the Shops at Kukuiula the ‘go to’ shopping and dining destination on Kauai and unique to all of Hawaii.”
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