31st annual Christmas with the Chefs Dec. 7 at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel

  • Creative desserts were on display at Christmas with the Chefs at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel.

  • Hawaii Community College-Palamanui culinary students Blossom Kuanoni and Lily Frazier prepare smoked pork belly for the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel booth during Christmas with the Chefs last year at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona. (LAURA RUMINSKI/West Hawaii Today, file photos)

KAILUA-KONA — Celebrate the 31st year of Hawaii Island’s premier holiday extravaganza.

Stroll the scenic seaside while enjoying fine local cuisine and festive libations throughout the Luau Grounds at Kamakahonu Bay during Christmas with the Chefs.

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Hosted by The American Culinary Federation Kona Kohala Chefs Association Charitable and Education Fund, a nonprofit organization, the annual event at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7 draws in many of the fine restaurants on the Kona-Kohala coast that will be preparing sumptuous tasting stations.

It also benefits the culinary program at Hawaii Community College Palamanui.

Students, Chef Fernand and Chef Paul, will be preparing desserts and savory selections and all of the program’s students will be involved working side by side the talented chefs on the coast gaining valuable experience.

Tasting stations, live music and a silent auction will also be part of the festivities.

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Individual tickets cost $90, VIP tables of 10, $1,250, which includes wines and table service.

Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel is offering a special event room rate and package. To book, call 331-6330 and ask for the Christmas With The Chefs room rates. Order tickets online at: www.konakohalachefs.org

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