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Ko gives $8,000 to Maui Culinary Academy

April 17, 2012 - Carla Tracy

After a $5.1 million renovation, Ko, the signature restaurant at Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui in Wailea, celebrated its grand opening recently with 450 people, many bidding at the silent auction that earned over $8,000 for Maui Culinary Academy students.

The fundraiser included generous donations from many Fairmont hotels and resorts, including fromn San Jose, San Francisco, Scottsdale, Newport Beach, Vancouver and the Big Island of Hawaii.

Locally, auction contributors Trilogy and Four Winds boating companies donated premium snorkel excursions, Old Lahaina Luau offered dinner tickets, Pi’iholo Ranch Zipline provided tour vouchers and Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tours offered a Hana tour for two.

“Wailea Golf Club also donated two rounds of golf at their Gold and Emerald courses. There was a buzz around the bidding tables, and by the end of the celebration all items were claimed,” says Fairmont Kea Lani Maui director of public relations Megan Heartling.

“We’re delighted that the Ko silent auction was so successful,” says Charles Head, general manager of The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui. “It couldn’t have been done without the incredible donations from both our sister properties and partners across the island.”

“I couldn’t be more proud to support Maui Culinary Academy,” says Executive Chef Tylun Pang. “The program provides students with the education and support they need to graduate and be successful in the industry. It is very rewarding to see young chefs beginning their careers on Maui.”

Ko, which means “sugarcane” in Hawaiian, showcases the diverse culinary history of Maui’s plantation era, serving innovative Hawaiian, Chinese, Filipino, Portuguese, Korean, and Japanese dishes. Led by Chef Pang, the menu features family recipes that have been passed down for generations. Utilizing fresh island produce, meat and seafood, Pang gives these authentic recipes a contemporary twist.

Ko is now open daily for lunch and dinner. Kamaaina are invited to enjoy 50 percent off food daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and again from 5 to 6p.m. and from 8 to 9 p.m.

For more details, call (808) 875-4100 or visit Ko’s Website.


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Ko desserts by Pastry Chef Ricky DeBoer