Culinary EmpowHERment

Event Date:

Nov. 10, 2024

Event Time:

9:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.


Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort

Join us at Culinary EmpowHERment, an uplifting brunch dedicated to celebrating and empowering women in the culinary and hospitality industry. We’re bringing together some of foremost women in food and beverage to spotlight their diverse talents and contributions to the culinary landscape—as chefs, mixologists, sommeliers, winemakers, food media professionals and more. The morning begins with a thought-provoking panel discussion featuring prominent women who are not only breaking the kitchen door, but leading the industry as advocates, entrepreneurs, bar owners, restaurateurs and policy makers. Our panelists, chefs Reem Assil, Elizabeth Falkner, Jackie Lau and Anita Lo share their stories, insights and challenges faced from behind the line as they discuss breaking barriers, forging paths in male-dominated industries and offer glimpses into the future for women in culinary and beverage.

Following the panel, you’ll enjoy a walk-around brunch of unique creations from notable female chefs, including our panelists. Gain insight into their culinary innovations and inspirations as you sample their delectable dishes. They’ll be joined by the talented women behind the bar, shaking up the industry with every cocktail they craft. Don’t miss this beautiful day of networking, connection and community. Join us to celebrate the achievements and resilience of women in the industry, and raise a toast to the future of food! See below for more information:


  • Moderated panel discussion features chefs Reem Assil, Elizabeth Falkner, Jackie Lau and Anita Lo.
  • Discussion followed by walk-around grand tasting.
  • Event is indoor and outdoors, brunch chic attire.


Spend the day learning about Heeia Fishpond’s rich history, unique aquaculture, marine species and significance to the local community. Support with preservation efforts by redistributing rock and coral, placing floating barges, removing trash, invasive mangrove and limu (seaweed) and helping to reconstruct the kuapa (fishpond wall).

Malama Aina experiences are limited and are available only to ticket purchasers of this event. More information will be sent once tickets are purchased.


Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach is offering a special Love Hawaii package for #HFWF21 attendees. Click HERE to book.
Reservations and room rates are subject to availability.

November 10, 2024

9:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort

Attire: Brunch Chic
Indoors & Outdoors

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Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is offering special room rates for HFWF attendees. Click HERE to book. Reservations and room rates are subject to availability.


Hawaii Food & Wine Festival is a program of the 501c(3) nonprofit organization, the Hawaii Ag & Culinary Alliance. All proceeds from the Fourteenth Annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival benefit local aina-based and community organizations which support culinary and agricultural education, sustainability, and cultural programs in Hawaii.

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Reem Assil

Reem's California - San Francisco, CA

Elizabeth Falkner

T'MARO - Los Angeles, CA

Kim Hyun

Kim Hyun

O'Kims - Honolulu, HI

Jacqueline Lau

Sysco Hawaii - Honolulu, HI

Chef Anita Lo

Anita Lo

Chef Anita Lo - New York, NY

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