Grant Kawasaki

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Grant Kawasaki

Born and raised in Honolulu Hawaii, Chef Grant Kawasaki grew up always having a love for food. He started his culinary journey during college, cooking healthy alternative dishes for his grandmother that had an insulin dependant diabetic condition. She later became insulin free after her doctor remarked that her blood sugar levels had greatly improved due to the introduction of healthy-balanced and nutritious foods into her diet.

Eventually, Grant started a small catering business for small exclusive private parties and then, found the urge to get into retail food service, where he would meet his three future business partners Shannon Akazawa, Norlan Horita & Ikaika Kimura. As far as culinary experience, Grant has apprenticed with many top chefs and restaurants to develop his own signature style. Grant has had featured his culinary talents in several restaurant hotspots prior to his current foodservice activities.

As the host of Hawaiian Grown TV & Hawaiian Grown Kitchen, two of OC-16’s most popular and highly rated shows, Grant fused his collegiate theatrical/film/musical arts experience to add entertainment to the shows educational showcase.

Also an accomplished writer, many readers have frequented his food column, Let's Eat! in which Grant is the lead contributing writer. Grant has an extreme passion for food, so writing & filming two TV shows about the culinary arts and the food service industry is a perfect match for Grant.
Grant is also a master ceramic potter, having extensive experience in pit-fire, raku, wood and saggar and high-fire firing techniques. Grant was a prodigy of the famous UH Manoa BFA art program. Currently because of Grant’s extensive schedule, his participation in any ceramic art projects are limited, but fully supports his fellow comrades at Hawaii Craftsmen, DL Vega Art Entertainment and various other fine arts organizations.

Grant firmly believes in Hawaii having the some of world's best culinary resources, and with time, Grant dreams of Hawaii becoming almost fully food sustainable and less dependent from imported food necessities. Grant also believes Hawaii is the next epicenter of the best culinary destinations in the world.

With Chef Grant’s own creativity and the experience of traditional and nouveau sushi making methods, Chinese, French and Japanese cuisine, Grant has parlayed the Hawaiian Grown TV show concept into a group of full food service companies. These areas of specialty in food service are live sushi bar catering, retail take out, restaurant food service, food product development and culinary consulting.

Today with his partners Kimura, Akazawa & Horita, Grant operates and oversees seven Hanapa’a Sushi retail areas within Times Supermarkets, two Gokujo sushi retail areas at Marukai’s Dillingham Blvd. and Ward Market Place, Hawaiian Grown Catering- a full service statewide catering program, along with Paradise Dressings Hawaii- his famous salad dressings and sauces development company.

Plans for more expansion in many diversified areas of food service are in the works with the newest project being the production of proprietary local food products bearing the Hawaiian Grown TV shows brand, name and logo. These “Hawaiian Grown” products will allow consumers to purchase locally resourced foods & products that are fully endorsed by the content of the TV show.