A lucky 300 were treated to a foodie feast at the second annual Punahou Alumni Association Dinner in the Buff (‘n Blue) event Saturday at the Chapel. Alumni chefs elaborated on classic cafeteria dishes as guests dressed in the school colors mingled and noshed.
Guests also had a chance to interact with the alumni chefs as they plated and served the dishes. Chefs included:
Carolyn Tada ’97 Portuondo, Pastry Chef – Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa
Jon Matsubara ’91, Chef and owner – Feast by Jon Matsubara
Robynne Maii ’92, Executive chef and owner – Fête
Ed Kenney ’86, Chef and owner – Mud Hen Water, Kaimuki Superette, Town, Mahina & Sun’s
Holly Hadsell-El Hajji ’84, Chef and owner – Pacific Events and Catering
Nick Yamada ’97, Chef and owner – Uahi Island Grill
Dave Campbell ’85, Brewmaster – Aloha Beer Co.
Malcolm Leong ’88, Owner – The Sake Shop
Chef Mark Noguchi ’93 of The Pili Group provided the “family dinner” for chefs and teams before the event started. Nick La’a ’19 provided entertainment. The event was also a chance for many local alumni to meet new Punahou President Mike Latham ’86 and his wife, Jennifer.
Dinner in the Buff (‘n Blue) is PAA’s signature event of the year. The event sold out in three days.