Our Ohana

BYOB Policy

Ka `Ikena Dining room welcomes you to bring your own alcoholic beverages to enjoy with your meal. We do  charge a corkage fee of $10 per bottle of wine and $1 per bottle of beer. We ask that you limit all alcoholic beverages to one bottle of wine or its equivalent per couple in your party.
(Bottle of wine is equivalent to 750ml or six 12 ounce bottles of beer.)

**Beer and Wine Beverages ONLY**

Chef Eddie Mafnas

Chef Eddie Mafnas developed passion and love for the culinary world while working at his family-owned bakery in Guam. At the young age of 19, Chef Eddie had the opportunity to open multiple restaurants in a variety of international cities: Tokyo, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, and Cape Town, South Africa, to name a few. To further expand his knowledge of Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Chef Eddie attended and graduated from the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Kapi’olani Community college with an A.S. degree in Culinary Arts. During his education, he was the captain of the competition team which won a gold medal in regional competition. Chef Eddie is also the owner of Mafnas Catering, co-owner of the Aloha Poke Shop, and co-owner of the Firehouse Food truck. As a caterer, he has worked for several A-list celebrities, including Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Christina Aguilera, Kanye West, Jay Z, and Beyonce. Excited for the opportunity to teach students and create local dishes, Eddie is honored and humbled to be impacting students and the community at the Le’ahi Concept Kitchen. Understanding the use of fresh, local ingredients and actively promoting the Farm to Plate movement is Chef Eddie’s main focus. His passion is to stay connected to the land and utilize each ingredient to its fullest potential. He enjoys collaborating with other chefs in the community and donates his time by teaching students local Hawaiian cuisine via the Kupu environmental organization and Nihon University.

Aaron Chau

Beverage Director, Sheraton Waikiki Hotel
Outlet Director, Orchid Mauna Lani
Restaurant Manager, Ciao Italian Restaurant
Restaurant Manager, Kon Tiki
Restaurant Manager, Ship’s Tavern
Restaurant Manager, Maile Restaurant
Restaurant Manager, Chez Michel

BS, Economics, UH Manoa

Servsafe Alcohol Training, National Restaurant Association

Dante Camara

Dante is our dining room manager during our PM hours for the weekend. He has such a pleasant personality that anyone can get along with. Dante will be able to answer any questions you could think of regarding the restaurant!

Gratuity Free Zone

We pay our staff a livable wage. No tips will be accepted by our staff. If you would like to donate to Kapio‘lani Community College, we do accept donations at our foundation website. Those donations are used for a multitude of uses from scholarships for students, equipment and expenses in our school, and advancing the education of our students. We appreciate any donation you would like to make. Please go to http://culinary.kapiolani.hawaii.edu/donate-support/ to make your donation.

15% Service Fee

The 15% fee is collected from all Kapio‘lani Community College outlets and that fee is used to help offset the high costs of maintenance for our campus. No part of this fee goes to any employee or staff member.

Alex Quach- Sous Chef

Born and raised in Hawaii, Alexander Quach graduated from Kapiolani Community College with an associate degree in Culinary Arts while studying heavily in Bio-Engineering. He was the 1st place winner of the 2015 Pamela Young Mixed Plate Competition, awarded bronzed for the 2013 American Culinary Foundation Cooking Competition, co-owned a private chef business Expression, and has 8 years of food and beverage experience in a 300 person restaurant. Alex’s passion is to showcase culture and ‘aina through food as art on a plate


Chef Warren Uchida

Experience: Executive Sous Chef, Sheraton Waikiki Hotel Executive Sous Chef, Royal Hawaiian Hotel Sous Chef, Kahala Hilton Hotel Sous Chef, Kahala Mandarin Oriental Hotel Education: AS Culinary Arts, Kapi`olani Community College Apprenticeship, Kahala Hilton Hotel Member: American Culinary Federation

John Santamaria

John Santamaria is the dining room manager during our evening hours. Feel free to say Aloha to him and ask him anything you would like about our restaurant!

Ka'Ikena Staff

The Ka’Ikena staff is unlike any other that you will find anywhere else. Everyone in the FOH or BOH has some affiliation with Kapiolani Community College. You may recognize many of these employees from our pop up restaurant, Leahi Concept Kitchen at the Waikiki Parc Hotel. These are students paving the way for future students to have a shot in the real world industry. So many times students graduate college and cannot be hired anywhere because they have no credible experience in the “adult world”. We break down those barriers and give our future working generation a shot at success right out of college.