May 25th, 2018 / posted by paularath

Al Aiona’aka talks sushi to the Palama Settlement culinary team.                                                                                                                                                             Photos courtesy Larry Sweets

Thanks to our creative, energetic and well-connected youth specialist, Larry Sweets, Palama Settlement’s culinary team from the 808 Junior Chef competition got a lesson in sushi.

The teacher was none other than Al Aiona’aka, the Asian Food Director for Whole Foods Markets.

The youths, who come from a wide range of family and culinary backgrounds, took to sushi making right away. Thanks to Whole Foods, they were provided with outstanding ingredients such as fresh salmon, hamachi and ahi.

Joshua Ansagay gets ready to wrap and roll.


Anthony Hoang defies the idea that sushi always has to be serious.


Vanessa Tupil takes pride in her new skill.

Mahalo nui loa to Whole Foods for their generosity and support of the chefs of tomorrow.

– Paula Rath


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