Hawaii Mom Blog: Na`au Continues to Impress the Most Discerning Foodies with Four More Unparalleled Hyper-Local Culinary Pop-up Experiences




January 15, 2020

Na`au Continues to Impress the Most Discerning Foodies with Four More Unparalleled Hyper-Local Culinary Pop-up Experiences

Na`au currently has four pop-ups scheduled at Palms Cliff House Inn on the Big Island, allowing guests to experience a culinary journey like no other. A 12-course menu showcasing local, wild ingredients, some of which Hirata sourced himself, will be featured on January 19 and February 16 for $265 per person (taxes and fees additional; includes complimentary beverage pairings). Then, an 8-course menu will be introduced on March 22 and April 5 for $185 per person, inclusive of gratuity (taxes and fees additional; complimentary beverage pairings included). 2019 ended remarkably for Na`au, Chef Brian Hirata’s transcendent culinary concept, earning its way into The Ultimate Guide To The Hawaiian Islands on Forbes.com.

Meaning “where your soul resides” or “the place where you know things and hold the entirety of life’s experiences,” Na`au is the culmination of Brian Hirata’s life and culinary career. Hirata, who has hunted, fished, farmed, and foraged in the islands from when he was a child, gained an appreciation and profound respect for the outdoors and cultural values of Hawai`i. Combining his classical training in European cooking techniques, his exposure to a broad range of regional cuisines, and extensive knowledge of local ingredients, Hirata’s pop-ups serve as a means to help preserve Hawai`i's culinary and cultural identities.

Na`au is Chef / Owner Brian Hirata’s papai`ai (or cooking house), where the familiar and unfamiliar converge to discover new ingredients in a space that feels like home - someplace warm, friendly, and comforting so that guests would be more open to new encounters. The aspiration is for guests to leave with a truly authentic cultural experience, an enhanced cognizance of what makes Hawai`i so special, as well as a feeling of gratification after having a memorable meal.

“I believe that when you lose a part of your heritage, you tend to struggle with moving forward thoughtfully because you don’t have a good understanding of where you came from in the first place. I think we lost this food connection, in a sense, and I want to see if we can find a way back to it…” says Hirata.

By sharing his love for the land, the awe for the ocean, his fond childhood memories, and reverence for our islands’ unique heritage and culture, Chef Brian hopes to stimulate dialogue to increase Hawai`i’s presence in the global culinary milieu.

Information on all pop-ups with links to tickets can be found on naauhilo.com.

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