Boys & Girls Club gala raises $120K

The Little Chef Big Chef gala at the Fairmont Kea Lani on Nov. 15 raised $120,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui.

As part of the event, seven Boys & Girls Clubs “Little Chefs” were teamed with some of the island’s top chefs in a pupu competition for the People’s Choice Award.

There was a tie this year between Central Club, under Big Chef Geno Sarmiento with their three-cheese gnocchi served with ratatouille and a micro panzanella salad, and Paukukalo Club, under Big Chef James Domingo with their charred tako, Hawaiian kalo croquette, coconut creamed luau leaf and lomilomi tomato.

Sarmiento is with Ekolu Kitchen 1279 and Domingo with Leilani’s on the Beach.

Other Big Chefs included Isaac Bancaco of Andaz Maui, Matt Dela Cruz of Humble Market Kitchin, Mike Lofaro of Grand Wailea Maui, Grant Oura of OGO, and Ivan Pahk of Star Noodle.

The first Whatever It Takes award was awarded to Karey Kapoi, who exemplifies great leadership and has been instrumental in creating impactful connections and growing the organization, the club news release said. She joined the club board in 2014 and currently serves as president.

The award was established to honor a special person who has gone the extra mile to support the club and Maui’s youths.

The event attracted more than 30 sponsors with title sponsor the Hawaii Medical Service Association and 400 guests.

Funds raised will remain on Maui to serve more than 2,200 club members islandwide.


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