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ALOHA KAKOU to MiLa's KITCHEN HAWAII

Sunday at the Farm
October 24, 2021

In celebration of filipino American Heritage Month, CHEF CHARLES curates a menu for filam ARTS TIKIM FEST 2021 at ALMA BACKYARD FARMS. 

Tickets and information available here on Eventbrite.
Proceeds benefit FilAm Arts and Alma Backyard Farms for persons who were formerly incarcerated. Farm stand is run as social enterprise to help re-introduce them back into society with workforce development skills and a supportive community. Please support this wonderful initiative by purchasing a ticket and enjoying a creative Filipino-fusion menu by Chef Charles.

KALAKAUA FALL BOX
Order on Tock.com! Pre-orders available until November 8th!

HANA HOU! ENCORE! Join us at GENEVER LA NOVEMBER 12-13 FOR CHEF'S SECOND POP UP IN HIFI:

If you could take a dive in the ocean at Kalapaki Beach on the island of Kauai, what would that taste like?




JOIN US ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 13 AT DOWNTOWN LA'S HOTTEST GIN LOUNGE, GENEVER, TO LAUNCH CHEF CHARLES' KALAPAKI BEACH BOX WHICH IS A CELEBRATION OF CHEF'S CHILDHOOD IN A POKE BOX.

 EACH ITEM IS CAREFULLY SOURCED, CURATED AND DESIGNED TO TELL THE STORY OF CHEF's CULTURE AND  CHILDHOOD ON KAUAI. IT IS A WAY To HONOR chef charles' HERITAGE AND TO PASS ON  STORIES THROUGH FOOD TO his DAUGHTER, MILA AVALANI.


IN THE KALAPAKI BEACH BOX 


HONOR THE OCEAN: MAKAI

AHI POKE SAMPLER: A SAMPLE OF sashimi-grade YELLOWFIN TUNA AHI POKE AS AN ODE TO UNCLE CLARENCE’S FISHING BOAT, including: SPICY CRAB AHI, SHOYU, AND VOLCANO FLAVORS, SOMETIMES WITH A CHEF’S SPECIAL.


KALAPAKI MUSSEL SHOOTERS, LOBSTER POKE, SCALLOP MANGO CEVICHE, & SEAWEED SALAD: LOBSTER POKE IN A TAIL WITH PICKLED KOHLRABI, SCALLOP MANGO CEVICHE & MUSSEL CREMA FOAM TO SYMBOLIZE THE OCEAN, GARNISHED WITH INAMONA AS A TRIBUTE TO THE SANDY BEACHES AT KALAPAKI WHERE chef WOULD PLAY AND SURF WITH his  SIBLINGS. WE IMPORT THE INAMONA KUKUI NUT STRAIGHT FROM OAHU. 


HONOR THE LAND: ĀINA

SPAM MUSUBI: TRADITIONAL, SIMPLE MUSUBI TO REMEMBER chef's FAVORITE LUNCH SNACK AT SCHOOL THAT he WOULD ENJOY WITH his LITTLE SISTER. 


MAC SALAD, KIMCHI & FURIKAKE RICE: HAWAIIAN MAC SALAD, PICKLED KOREAN CABBAGE, AND FURIKAKE RICE TO HONOR HAWAII’S MIX-PLATE CULTURE AND the hawaiian PEOPLE.  


OKINAWAN SWEET POTATO SALAD: TO PAY HOMAGE TO THE CROPS OF HAWAII LIKE SWEET POTATO AND KALO THAT GROW FROM the STREAMS. 


A SINGLE PURPLE ORCHID: TO HONOR THE PLANTS AND FLOWERS OF HAWAII, AND A SYMBOL OF his DAUGHTER, MILA AVALANI, AS SHE BLOOMS AND GROWS INTO HER HAWAIIAN HERITAGE. 



TO PRE-ORDER BOXES, PLEASE VISIT: GENEVERLA.com
PRE-ORDER PRICE: $39++
AT THE VENUE: $50++

Pre-Sale until August 11th
Pick-up at Genever 6-9 PM | Friday, August 13th
3123 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90057
213-908-5693
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Mila's Kitchen Hawaii is a family, veteran and Native Hawaiian-owned pop-up poke bar concept led by Hawaiian Chef Charles Akau IV who was born and raised in Lihue, Kauai. Chef has worked in the culinary field for over a decade at world-renowned restaurants and resorts including Four Seasons Hualalai, Disney Aulani, The Westin Hotel in San Francisco, Roy's Hawaii, Sam Choy's Kai Lanai, and most recently, for Michelin-starred Chef Tony Esnault's French restaurant at South Coast Plaza, Knife Pleat. 
The heart of Mila's Kitchen Hawaii is the 3-year old "boss" of the kitchen, Miss Mila Avalani, who is fondly known as Ava. She runs the kitchen, and is the muse for his art, as he connects his Hawaiian heritage with the flavors of Southern California to bring a taste of aloha in every bite and to share Hawaiian tradition with his Mila. 

About us

Meet Chef Charles & Mila

Want us to bring the aloha to your next party? We are a flexible mobile kitchen concept, perfect for customizing special celebrations. 

Like voyagers in a canoe, we are known as a nomadic kitchen, popping up whenever and wherever the best events and people are. We craft menus for special events, celebrations and for memorable occasions that include private chef services and food that match your event concept. We conveniently come to you or pop-up in your neighborhood bars, restaurants and favorite mom n' pop shops. All in all, whether at your home or at your event venue, convenience and high quality food are only one  call away as Mila's Kitchen Hawaii brings the aloha to you.

“Chef Charles made our birthday such a special celebration.”

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Chef Charles was born and raised on the Garden Isle where they embrace the values of love of family, love of land, and love of culture. Mila's Kitchen Hawaii is deeply rooted in the belief that Hawaiian food is a way to perpetuate chef's indigenous culture, and remember the spirit of aloha in all that we do. 

01. OHANA

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Food from the Asian Pacific region sustains our operation. Mila is both Filipina and Hawaiian, among other cultures represented in her identity, so chef creatively fuses different genres of food from different places around the world to create an unforgettable Hawaiian fusion dining experience. 

02. CULTURE

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We believe that every one of our customers, employees and friends should be treated with aloha. Aloha is an overused, commercialized term, but in Hawaiian, it is a way of life. From caring for our planet to caring for our people, Mila's Kitchen Hawaii operates with the spirit of aloha in everything that we do. 

03. ALOHA

Core values

We no longer have daily service  inside Vintner's Tavern at 13788 Roswell Ave. Unit 186, Chino, California, however we do take special orders.
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