What is your kuleana (job) at Timbers Kauaʻi /Hōkūala and how long have you been part of the ʻOhana?
I am the Food and Beverage Director, and joined the team in September 2022.
In your opinion, what makes Timbers Kauaʻi at Hōkūala special or unique?
The people I get to work with everyday, of course. Oh, and the nēnē goose that chases me in parking lot has a special place in my heart. The sunrises, spotting whales, and getting to do what I love (which is being creative with Hualani’s.)
Describe Kauaʻi in one word.
What are you most proud of?
I have two beautiful daughters, Kayla and Sadie.
When not working, what is your favorite hobby?
Bodyboarding, jiu-jitsu and donʻt laugh… but I love playing Call of Duty.
What does aloha mean to you?
Aloha to me is a feeling you share with someone. It’s more than just saying it as a greeting.
What is your favorite Hawaiian food?
Da lau lau
As F&B Director, can you speak to what makes Hualani’s unique?
Well, I feel what makes Hualani’s unique is our ability to play with quality ingredients in both the kitchen and at the bar. Coming from a corporate restaurant background I was always tied to a standardized menu and buying program. Here, we get to work with farmers, fishermen, and ranchers to get the best local produce available.
What is a fun fact most people don’t know about you?
I was named best dancer my senior year in high school.
What is your favorite farm-to-glass cocktail served at Hualani’s?
Our newest drink, the Lilikoʻi Mule.
As we kick off 2023, what are you most looking forward to with food & beverage?
The continued growth of our staff and smiles on our guests’ faces.