Skip to main content

Beefing Up Hawaiʻi event

June 3, 2024

We are thrilled to announce that our very own Chef Ronnie from Tiki’s Grill & Bar will be showcasing his culinary talents at the upcoming “Beefing Up Hawaiʻi: Grazing Toward Increased Production” event.

Enjoy Delicious Small Plates Featuring Island-Raised Beef.


Ronnie Nasuti, Tiki’s Grill & Bar | Sean Priester, Kupu Center
Wade Ueoka, MW Restaurant | Matt Young, Duke’s Waikiki

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, June 26, 2024, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Hoʻokupu Center, located at 1125 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu, HI 96813.

This exciting event is part of the Hawaiʻi Agricultural Foundation’s EAT THINK DRINK series, which delves into the heart of Hawaiʻi’s beef industry through a fusion of innovation, community, and flavor. It promises to be an evening of learning, delicious food, and great company.

Event Highlights

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Kyle Caires, an Associate Extension Agent at the University of Hawaiʻi’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), will deliver an insightful keynote address. Dr. Caires will explore the history and evolution of Hawaiʻi’s beef industry, dating back to its inception in 1793, and discuss the unique challenges and opportunities that local beef producers face today.

In addition to the keynote speaker, Dr. Kyle Caires, we are honored to have an esteemed panel of industry experts joining us. Nicole Galase, Managing Director of the Hawaiʻi Cattlemen’s Council, will share her insights on rangeland stewardship and beef industry initiatives. Timothy Luton, General Manager of the Maui Cattle Company, will discuss the challenges and opportunities of grass-finished beef production. James “Jay” Nobriga, a Maui native and experienced Beverage Distribution Manager, brings his deep-rooted knowledge of local agricultural practices. Ryan Torres, Global Category Manager – Protein for Y. Hata, will provide a comprehensive view of managing protein categories and supporting the local cattle industry. Our discussion will be moderated by Taylor Kellerman, who has extensive experience in Hawaii’s tropical agriculture sector.

Culinary Delights

Indulge in savory dishes crafted by some of Hawaiʻi’s favorite chefs, featuring island-raised beef. Chef Ronnie will be among the talented chefs presenting their creations, offering a unique taste of locally sourced ingredients.

Early Bird Tickets

Don’t miss out on early bird pricing! Secure your tickets now and join us for a memorable evening.

Ticket includes dinner featuring locally sourced ingredients prepared by Hawaiʻi’s favorite chefs, a beverage selection of beer and wine, and complimentary valet parking.

Sales start on Jun 16, 2024
Ticket includes dinner featuring locally sourced ingredients prepared by Hawaiʻi’s favorite chefs, a beverage selection of beer and wine, and complimentary valet parking.

What’s Included

  • Two-hour grazing event with locally sourced dishes
  • Two drinks from a selection of beer and wine
  • Complimentary valet parking

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2024
Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Hoʻokupu Center, 1125 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu, HI 96813

Presented by

Central Pacific Bank

Sponsored by

Alexander & Baldwin, Bayer, Elite Parking Services, Hawai‘i Longline Association, Kamehameha Schools, Lendlease, State of Hawai‘i, Ulupono Initiative, United Airlines, United Fishing Agency Ltd., Y. Hata & Co., Ltd.
Additional support from Aloha Beer, Fuji Water, and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits.

Join us for an evening of education, inspiration, and exquisite flavors. We look forward to seeing you there and sharing the best of Hawaiʻi’s beef industry with you!

Purchase Your Tickets Today!

For more information and to buy tickets, visit the Hawaiʻi Agricultural Foundation website or contact

See you at the event!