Jayson Kanekoa (Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Waikoloa)

Chef Jayson Kanekoa is credited for his innovative creativity and for pioneering the resort’s renowned Chef Shuttle program. Chef Shuttle is the ultimate farm-to-table experience in which chef Kanekoa personally accompanies guests to local farmers’ markets and farms in his hometown of Kamuela. He concludes the daylong excursion with an unforgettable, customized multi-course dinner under the stars, prepared with fresh produce selected throughout the day.Additionally, he is committed to local agriculture by working with island purveyors.

His commitment has led him to collaborate with various local producers such as JA Farms to produce an exclusive organic green salad blend, to a local orchard in Kona for authentic Kona coffee beans. In addition, chef Kanekoa has garnered significant recognition and prestigious awards, such as two-time Aloha Week Festival Poke Competition Grand Champion, Sam Choy’s Poke Contest Grand Champion and a nomination for the J. Willard Marriott Award of Excellence. He is also highly invested in local charitable efforts, including the Hawai‘i United Way and American Cancer Society.