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Kahala chef Hirabayashi wins national award

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 11:47 a.m. HST, Jun 19, 2013

Wayne Hirabayashi, executive chef of the Kahala Hotel & Resort, has been named Outstanding Manger of the Year in the Large Property category, by the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

The association presented him the award at its Stars of the Industry awards luncheon at the Brown Palace Hotel & Spa in Denver, Colo, Tuesday.

Hirabayashi joined The Kahala’s culinary team in March 1998 as executive sous chef for Hoku’s, and worked his way up.

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Hirabayashi was named executive chef at the Kahala in April of 1999.

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