Merriman’s benefit dinner Sunday

Merriman’s Restaurants is holding the second of two dinners to benefit the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust this weekend on Kauai.

The first was Dec. 9 at Merriman’s Waimea on Hawaii Island with guest Chef Mark “Gooch” Noguchi of Pili Group and Merriman’s Chef, Vince McCarthy.

The second event will be Sunday at Merriman’s Fish House Kauai in the Kukui’ula shopping center in Poipu and will feature Tin Roof owner Sheldon Simeon and Merriman’s Chef Mark Arriola.

Tickets are $120 per person.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to help protect Hawaii,” said owner/Chef Peter Merriman, who has served on the board of the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust since 2009. “Both events will feature collaborative farm to table menus and provide the opportunity for these great chefs to lend their hand in conservation.”

As the pioneer of Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Chef Peter Merriman began the farm-to-table movement in Hawaii over 25 years ago.

Three-time James Beard Award finalist for “Best Chef,” Pacific Northwest and Hawaii, Merriman has been praised by The New York Times for his enticing cuisine and dubbed the “Pied Piper of Hawaii Regional Cuisine” by The Los Angeles Times.

With restaurants on Hawaii Island, Maui, and Kauai, Merriman’s showcases 90 percent locally grown and raised products, fresh authentic regional cuisine, and menus that change daily and seasonally. Merriman’s Restaurants strive to “Do The Right Thing!” for the land, the community, and its guests.

“The Hawaiian Islands Land Trust is honored to work with Chefs Peter Merriman, Mark “Gooch” Noguchi and Sheldon Simeon who are all leaders in promoting sustainable agriculture in Hawaii. Through partnerships with these great local chefs we hope to inspire our guests to support our mission of protecting Hawaii’s special lands and unique natural and cultural resources,” said Kawika Burgess, CEO for the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust.

The Hawaiian Islands Land Trust is a nonprofit organization formed in 2011 out of the merger of four local land trusts, and it is the first and only nationally accredited local land trust in Hawaii. Its mission is to protect the lands that sustain us for current and future generations.

HILT has conserved over 17,500 acres to date on a number of properties with conservation values important to residents and visitors alike. It conserves lands that secure Hawaii’s long-term well-being, lands with scenic views, agricultural resources, wildlife habitats, water resource areas, cultural and historical sites, and outdoor recreation opportunities.

Info: (808) 244-LAND or visit


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