Maui Business

Kō Celebrates Grand Opening With Donation to Culinary Academy

April 22, 2012, 10:48 AM HST
* Updated April 22, 2:31 PM
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KO restaurant. Courtesy of The Fairmont Kea Lani.

By Sonia Isotov

After a $5.1 million rebuild, The Fairmont Kea Lani’s signature restaurant Kō celebrated its grand opening with a silent auction earning over $8,000 for Maui Culinary Academy (MCA) students.

“We’re delighted that the Kō silent auction was so successful,” said Charles Head, the general manager of The Fairmont Kea Lani, in a written statement. “It couldn’t have been done without the incredible donations from both our sister properties and partners across the island.”

“I couldn’t be more proud to support Maui Culinary Academy,” said Kō’s Executive Chef Tylun Pang.

“The program provides students with the education and support they need to graduate and be successful in the industry. It is very rewarding to see young chefs beginning their careers on Maui.”

Executive Chef at Kō, Tylun Pang. Courtesy of The Fairmont Kea Lani.


The Fairmont Kea Lani’s efforts to support Maui Culinary Academy have been ongoing. Executive Chef Tylun Pang is a member of the MCA Advisory Board and all profits from his award-winning cookbook – What Maui Likes to Eat – are donated to the program.


The Fairmont Kea Lani kitchen is frequented with MCA graduates and the hotel is host to the academy’s fundraising event, “Noble Chef,” each year.

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