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Monday, July 15, 2013

JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa at Ko Olina is the Culinary Setting for the Third Annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival Finale on September 8, 2013

 JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa at Ko Olina is once again a proud co-sponsor of the Third Annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival.  The event’s themed finale “Savory Ever After” will be held on the beach lagoon fronting the luxury resort hotel.  Executive Sous Chef Jason K. Kina will join 13 other world-renowned chefs to prepare an array of ethnic cuisine from around the world at the Ko Olina Resort on Sunday, September 8 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

With more than 35 years of culinary experience, Kina has served numerous dignitaries, celebrities, and professional athletes.  He has been motivated by the Hawaii Regional Cuisine movement since its beginning in 1991.  Born and raised on Oahu, Kina’s cooking is inspired by the diverse ethnic and cultural landscape in Hawaii where he enjoys using local, fresh ingredients harvested from the land and vast Pacific.

JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa has available for a special rate from September 1 - 9 at $290 per room, per night.  Rate is based on availability and restrictions apply.  Promo code ERS.  Visit www.ihilani.com or call toll free U.S. & Canada 1 (800) 626-4446. The price of general admission and tasting packages are available for purchase at $200. For VIP Early Entry and Reserved Seating at 5:00 p.m., tickets are $500 each.  Ticket prices increase after August 23rd.  
Prices are per person and excludes handling fee.  There will be tickets available for purchase at the event, but only based on availability.  Guests at the JW Marriott Ihilani are able to stop by the concierge desk to inquire about ticket sales.  

In addition to Chef Jason K. Kina of JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa, there will be other world-renowned chefs at the finale dinner to be held on the beachfront Lagoon One. The list includes:
Ming Tsai, Celestino Drago, Dean Fearing, Michael Ginor, Andrew Sutton, Nancy Silverton, Richard Rosendale, Elizabeth McDonald, Raphael Lunetta, Ricard Zarate, Michelle Karr-Ueoka, and Kevin Chong

The Hawaii Food and Wine Festival is a week-long event on Maui and Oahu from
September 1 – 9, 2013. For more information about the event including "Savory Ever After” at Ko Olina Resort visit: www.hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com

About JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa
The luxurious JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa at Ko Olina offers 387 spacious guest rooms including 36 suites, which have been completely transformed to feature a residential resort look-and-feel and upgraded amenities including a 42-inch flat screen LCD TV. The AAA Four Diamond award winning resort fronts the first of four lagoons in the 640-acre Ko Olina Resort & Marina, offering the island's most complete resort experience with a relaxed Hawaiian elegance and gracious, warm personalized service. The resort is ideal for meetings and weddings with a total of 77,694 square feet of outdoor and indoor meeting space, including the newly expanded 15,600-square-foot Hokulani Ballroom. Resort activities include 18 holes of championship play at Ko Olina Golf Club, tennis courts with ocean views and a variety of restaurants showcasing unique and distinctive island cuisine, including the AAA Four Diamond award winning Azul restaurant. The world-class Ihilani Spa, voted one of the “Top Spas in the World” by readers of Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines, has been completely redesigned with a new layout, couple’s treatment room, the brand new Ho‘onanea suite for private events, and a 24-hour fitness center. Ihilani Spa is internationally renowned for its full complement of invigorating body treatments and massages, using products harvested from the honua (earth) and the moana (ocean) here in the islands. The resort recently ranked as one of the “Top 15 Hawaii Golf Resorts” by Conde Nast Traveler,


one of the “World’s Best Hawaii Resorts” by Travel + Leisure, and number one in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s "Best of the Best Hotel & Resort” poll voted by island readers.