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Philanthropic Chef Peter Merriman all over Hawaii map
April 29, 2011 - Carla Tracy
Acclaimed chef Peter Merriman’s newest restaurant is Monkeypod Kitchen at Wailea Gateway. Since its recent opening, it has raised $4,223 for the Hawaiian Coastal Land Trust and $2,550.25 for the Maui Food Bank.
“This is just the start of our philanthropic efforts,” says Merriman, who also owns restaurants in Kapalua in West Maui as well as on Kauai and the Big Island. “At Monkeypod Kitchen, we also have just started double happy hour, meaning we are now offering happy hour twice daily from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 9 to 11 p.m. daily.
During happy hour, you may enjoy $7 pizzas and 50 percent off appetizers as well as drink specials in addition to live music on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Traveling to the Big Island next month? Merriman will do a benefit dinner for the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, a new statewide land conservancy, at his Waimea restaurant on May 14. Tickets are $150 per person, with proceeds going to benefit land conservation in Hawaii.
“The evening is entitled “Feast For the ‘Aina” because land conservation directly relates to the food we grow and consume in Hawaii. Saving land also ensures the protection of Hawaiian cultural sites that convey the rich heritage of our State, the natural expanses that frame our image of island paradise, the wild areas that nurture our native habitats, and the beaches and coastal areas that feed our souls,” he says..
Reservations can be made at HILT Website or by calling Hawaiian Islands Land Trust at its office on Maui at (808) 244-5263.
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Peter Merriman, right, with his Monkeypod managers Bill and Amber.