Kamehameha Schools Presents Roots

Event Date:

Nov. 6, 2024

Event Time:

6:00-9:00 P.M.


Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa

Experience the heartbeat of the land at Roots, a culinary conversation and grazing event that honors the cooking traditions and food systems of indigenous communities around the world. Join the conversation with chefs leading the charge in decolonizing the plate as they discuss the importance of native agriculture, access to indigenous food ways, the impact on health and wellness, and how the past affects food sovereignty for the future. Guests will have the opportunity to hear first-hand from chefs Pyet DeSpain, Robert Kineen, Joe McLeod and Claudette Zepeda in this special moderated discussion.

Following the panel, you’ll delight in creations curated by seven by esteemed chefs as they unveil the vibrant flavors and time-honored heritage of their ancestral homelands, showcasing indigenous ingredients that echo the rich tapestry of their cultures. Engage with visionary culinary leaders who are spearheading the revitalization of indigenous food systems, each a guardian of ancestral wisdom and a champion of sustainability. From the sacred lands of Turtle Island (North America)—represented by the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Tribe, Tlingit heritage in Alaska, and Ho-Chunk Nation—to the indigenous communities of Mexico, Hawaii, and New Zealand—prepare to embark on a sensory adventure that celebrates the resilience and ingenuity of indigenous foodways. Complement your epicurean exploration with a selection of handcrafted cocktails, beer and wine to enhance your tasting experience. Join us in honoring the sacred connection between food, culture, and community, as we come together to celebrate the enduring legacy of indigenous culinary traditions. Click here for more info.


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 6, 2024

6:00-9:00 P.M.
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa

Attire: Smart Casual

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  • No one under the age of 21, including children in strollers accompanied by their parents, will be admitted to Festival events, unless noted otherwise


  • Ticket includes all food and drinks at event, and inclusive of taxes, fees and gratuity
  • Moderated panel discussion features chefs Pyet DeSpain, Robert Kineen, Joe McLeod and Claudette Zepeda 
  • Discussion followed by walk-around grand tasting
  • All sales are final. All events, prices, performances, venues, dates and times are subject to change without notice
  • Event is indoors, smart casual attire
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Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa 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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Bonny Davis

Kamehameha Schools Maui - Makawao, HI

Pyet DeSpain

Pyet's Plate - Los Angeles, CA

Kealoha Domingo

Nui Kealoha - Kaneohe, HI

Robert Kinneen

NATIFS - Minneapolis, MN

Joe McLeod

E Kai Maori - Wellington, New Zealand

Elena Terry

Wild Bearies - Wisconsin Dells, WI

Claudette Zepeda

Chispa Hospitality - San Diego, CA

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