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August 15, 2012

Kahala Hotel & Resort Celebrates French Cuisine with Hawaiian Flair

By Erin Schumaker | Food

Kahala Hotel & Resort Celebrates French Cuisine with Hawaiian Flair
Courtesy Kahala Hotel & Resort

The uncrowded beaches, soft sands and stunning coastal views of Hawaii’s Oahu island—along with the Kahala Hotel & Resort, which opened in 1964—has wooed privacy-seeking celebrities and dignitaries alike, including Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. This month features its annual Kahala Food & Wine Festival, which has taken its guests on a whirlwind culinary tour in its four years, including New Orleans, Miami, Japan and, last year, Hollywood. This year it is a French celebration with Hawaiian flair, honoring Julia Child, who would have celebrated her 100th birthday on August 15.

The islands’ best chefs will square off in a recipe contest, reinterpreting classic French chocolate mousse with local ingredients and cooking techniques. The winning recipe will be featured on the menu at Hoku’s restaurant in the hotel. And for chefs in training, the Kahala is hosting the last of its three-part hands-on cooking series on August 25. Led by chef Michael Moorhouse, the final installment will focus on braising baby lettuce and bok choy along with teaching the French method of basting stuffed chicken legs. “We want the students to come away knowing how the dough feels in their hands, how sweet pastry cream tastes in their mouth and how critical timing is when braising delicate lettuce and vegetables,” says Moorhouse. Following the cooking class, newly minted chefs are honored with a graduation ceremony on the hotel’s veranda, where they can savor the fruits of their labor. Classes, $85 per person; rooms, from $450; 5000 Kahala Ave.; 808-739-8888; kahalaresort.com.