Taste of Paradise: An Unforgettable Private Dining Experience on the Big Island

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We recently connected with Private Chef Max Okamura to learn more about his private dining experiences. Max is a seasoned culinary artist with a deep appreciation for local ingredients and seasonal produce and creating dishes that are not only delicious but tell a story as well. If you have already dined with Max you know his talent for creating unforgettable dining moments for residents and visitors alike. Learn more from our conversation with Max below!


  • Tell us about your business and where/when it was started?
    I’m a private chef who cooks in resort homes and vacation rentals along the West Coast of Big Island. Chef Max began his career in the kitchen when he was 19 years old. After culinary school and working in restaurants in Phoenix and San Francisco, he moved back to Hawai’i and started his private chef business.


  • What areas do your service and what style cuisine do you specialize in?
    Chef Max cooks in resort homes at Mauna Kea Resort, Mauna Lani Resort, Hualalai Four Seasons Resort, Kukio Golf & Beach Club, Kohanaiki Golf & Beach Club and other vacation rentals throughout Kailua Kona. Including LUVA vacation rentals!
  • What types of events are you available to cook for?
    Chef Max cooks for special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and small intimate weddings. Some clients book him to cook for their entire vacation.

  • What has been the best part of being involved in the local business scene on Big Island?

    The best part has been getting to know other local businesses and featuring their products on my menus. Also, e
    ducating travelers about Hawaii’s history, culture, and local products.

  • What has been the most rewarding part of the business so far? 

    I get to meet people from all over the world and create a memorable experience for them. I’m often told that my service was the highlight of their trip. It’s more than just a meal, it’s a shared experience that everyone gets excited about. A lot of times people are trying new flavors and widening their food horizons. 

    I also love being creatively challenged. I cook different menus for every client so I’m always growing my skills. Every menu, home, and group is different so every dinner is a new experience.

    Some people Max has cooked for are a former president of the United States, Hollywood Stars, CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies, and people from all over the world.

Learn more about Chef Max Okamura below!
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Phone Number: 808-557-5166