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CHEF JAYSON KANEKOA

BIOGRAPHY

 

A native of Hawai‘i Island, Chef Jayson Kanekoa attributes his passion for culinary to his humble
upbringing in the small community of Kukuihaele. Taught and influenced by his grandfather, a legendary
Waipi‘o Valley farmer, he developed an appreciation early on for sustainable, local fare which has guided
his culinary practice. Jayson graduated Class of 1984 of Honoka‘a High School, then continued his
education at Kapi‘olani Community College on O‘ahu. He graduated from the culinary program at KCC
before joining the then-Royal Waikoloan Hotel on Hawai‘i Island’s Kohala Coast as a cook’s assistant in
1986.


Dedicating 33 consecutive years to the Kohala Coast resort property, he earned his way to his current
position as Executive Chef for the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, a position he’s held since
2011.


Chef Jayson is credited for his progressive creativity in the kitchen while advocating local agriculture. He
works intently with island purveyors—from producing an exclusive organic hybrid salad blend, sourcing
the finest 100% Kona coffee, to building an on-property hydroponic garden for “seed-to-table” harvesting
right outside his Hawai’i Calls restaurant. Such ethos has garnered him significant respect and earned
him a spot as a featured chef with Hawai’i Food and Wine Festival for the past several years running.
In 2016, Chef Jayson and the Waikoloa Beach Marriott was selected to host the acclaimed ChefConnect:
Hawai’i, a three-day conference by the American Culinary Federation with the nation’s top professional
chefs. In addition, he is two-time Grand Champion for the Aloha Week Festival Poke Competition and
was also named Grand Champion in Sam Choy’s Poke Contest. Chef Jayson has also taken his many
talents abroad, cooking at the Ritz Carlton Roppongi Hills, Japan and being featured as a Hawai‘i
Celebrity Chef Ambassador for the past five years at the Tokyo Marriott Hotel, Japan.
In 2012, he was nominated for the prestigious J. Willard Marriott Award of Excellence and is
continuously recognized by the Waikoloa Beach Marriott as an outstanding manager. Accolades aside,
Chef Jayson’s biggest commitment is toward charitable efforts in which he gives back to organizations
such as the Hawai‘i Food and Wine Festival, Hawai‘i United Way, Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation,
American Cancer Society and many more.


When not working, Chef Jayson is out on the ocean fishing, managing his side imu and catering
business, traversing through Waipi‘o Valley, dreaming up his first cook book, and spending time with his
family in Kamuela, Hawai‘i.

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