Charles Head, General Manager, Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui is pleased to announce and welcome Chris Hong as General Manager for the resort’s signature restaurant Kō. In this role, Chris will manage all operational aspects of the restaurant as well as the private dining venue, Kō Garden.
“We are elated to welcome Chris to lead Fairmont Kea Lani’s signature restaurant, Kō,” says Charles Head. “Chris’s extensive background in restaurant management along with his customer focused drive for excellence will propel Kō to great success.”
Named Maui’s ‘Restaurant of the Year’, Kō offers award-winning cuisine inspired by the vast collection of ethnicities brought together during Maui’s sugarcane plantation era. Originating from the kitchens of Kō chefs’ tutus and aunties, the menu allows you to taste generations of local cuisine deep rooted in the island’s culture and history. With over 90% of fish, beef and produce sourced locally, the flavors are as authentic as they are sustainable.
Chris brings more than twenty years of progressive restaurant management and hospitality experience to his role. He previously held food and beverage leadership roles at the Hyatt Regency Maui and Grand Wailea as well as Ruth’s Chris Steak House where he oversaw the operations as well as sales and marketing. Chris began his career as a chef and holds a degree in Culinary Arts from the Le Cordon Bleu Scottsdale Culinary Institute.