Kenny Lum - Hawaii Food & Wine Festival


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Kenny Lum

Nobu Honolulu - Honolulu, HI

A Hawaii native who spent a decade chasing snow and working in nightclubs in Colorado, Kenny moved back to Hawaii and joined Nobu in 2007, where he had to relearn the art of bartending.

He helped open Nobu Lana’i in 2012 and traveled to Turkey to open Nobu Bodrum in 2014.

After close to a decade in its Waikiki location, Nobu Honolulu relocated to the Ward Village in the Kaka’ako district of Honolulu, and Kenny led the bar transition. “The new location gets a lot more locals, since it’s outside of Waikiki, but we still get tourists; it’s more of a destination dining spot.” And those who travel to check out this spot will not be disappointed. It features a beautiful outdoor patio where guests can take advantage of the weather and enjoy a cocktail. These drinks often incorporate “the island flavor”—like the Pineapple Mezcal, containing roasted pineapples, a pinch of cilantro, yuzu juice, simple syrup, green Chartreuse and mezcal—and always complement the dishes by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa.