Big Island Chef Faith Ogawa Inducted To Culinary Hall Of Fame

Big Island Chef Faith Ogawa Inducted To Culinary Hall Of Fame

The Hawaii Culinary and Hospitality Hall of Fame inducted Big Island chef Olelo pa`a Faith Ogawa on May 6th, 2007, at its annual Taste of the Stars event, held between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Chef Ogawa is not only one of Hawaii's first female chefs, but one of the State's longest serving and respected culinary masters, with a career that spans more than 30 years. Ogawa calls her cuisine "creative and healthful--I want to nourish the spirit while nourishing the body." Her clients, who include Fortune 500 companies and celebrities who vacation on the Kohala Coast, would agree: Ogawa has spawned an incredibly successful private dining and catering company, entitled Dining By Faith. Ogawa also blends her own coffees, teas and honey products that she serves to clientele, which she groups under a new product line called "Glow Hawaii."

Dishes that have come to be known as signature Ogawa preparations of perfection include Ahi Eggplant Tartar with Basil Aioli Sauce, Pot Stickers with Soy Garlic Truffle Sauce, Seared Hirabara Baby Romaine Salad with Nakano Farm Vine-Ripened Tomato, Hamakua Mushroom Salad, and Kaffir Coconut Shrimp Curry.

"We selected Olelo pa`a because she's made a significant contribution to advance the industry. She's one of Hawaii's first female executive chefs, if not the first, and she is a great role model for the young women in the culinary program," said Dan Nakasone, culinary board advisor at the Leeward Community College, where the Taste of the Stars event will take place.

Approximately one-third of the students enrolled in LCC's culinary arts program are female, according to Nakasone.

Ogawa's impressive career includes managing restaurants for the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, coordinating dining events at the Big Island's Kohala Center, a founding member of the Hawaii chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier International, various culinary stints in Fiji, and an instructor at Kapiolani Community College.

Additional chefs who will present their cuisine at the event include Alan Wong, Chai Chaowasaree, DK Kodama and Roy Yamaguci.

Tickets are $100, and benefit the Leeward Community College's culinary programs. Call (808) 455-0215 for more information and ticketing.