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Kauai-raised Ikaika Manaku likes to stay true to his roots, blending contemporary cooking techniques with the culinary traditions of the islands. At Mauka Makai, the signature restaurant at The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas, he creates dishes that honor Hawaii’s local farming and fishing cultures and pay homage to favorite local foods.
Prior to joining the opening team at The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas, Manaku served as executive sous chef at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa. He has also held positions as executive sous chef at the Sheraton Kauai and sous chef at St. Regis Princeville.
Manaku attended The Culinary Academy of the Pacific, Kauai Chapter, and draws inspiration from his Kauai childhood—when he would watch his grandfather prepare poke with freshly caught fish and observe his father, also an executive chef, in his white coat and tall toque.