Michael Lofaro - Hawaii Food & Wine Festival


Michael Lofaro

Humuhumunukunukuapuaa - Wailea, HI

Who is the hottest chef on Maui? Mike Lofaro, chef de cuisine of Humuhumunukunukuapuaa at Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, has earned that title, along with a Maui No Ka Oi Magazine ‘Aipono Award for Chef of the Year in 2016, and Best Resort Restaurant from Maui News in 2017. He is co-host of the Emmy Award–winning television series SEARCH Hawaii: Where Food Meets Culture.

Nicknamed “The Waterman Chef,” Lofaro grew up on the East Coast’s Block Island and today is inspired by the Pacific Ocean and what he finds there. He can often be found surfing, paddling his outrigger canoe, and spearfishing—when he’s not training for a triathlon.

Lofaro’s seafood-centric Hawaiian seasonal cuisine spotlights the main ingredient with simple and balanced flavors, while introducing locally grown produce. He volunteers with Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui to introduce kids to their backyard bounty and also donates proceeds from his signature salad to support Maui farmers. He meets with farmers year-round and buys produce grown locally and sustainably to serve in his restaurant.

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in New York, he was executive chef at Mill’s Tavern in Providence, Rhode Island, where he earned the Forbes Four Star Award and went on to work with famed chef Michael Mina at Aqua in San Francisco.

Lofaro and his wife Elizabeth are raising three sons and a daughter near the ocean on Maui.