Sometimes, to create something really special, it takes a village. But to support Kō restaurant, it takes an island. Kō draws inspiration from Maui families, utilizing fresh ingredients from Maui farmers, ranchers and fishermen and supports culinary education at University of Hawai'i Culinary Arts program. Get to know the people behind Kō.
Maui Farmers & Ranchers
Kō has long been renowned for utilizing the freshest ingredients across Maui and the Hawaiian Islands. With a focus on local and sustainably sourced fish, beef and produce, the flavors are as authentic as they are sustainable. Molokai'i purple sweet potato, sea asparagus, hearts of palms, even upcountry blueberries frequent the Kō menu.
Paniolo, or cowboys, have been an important part of Maui's culture for decades. The cattle raised upcountry is grass-fed and completely hormone, stimulant and steroid free. Kō is proud to serve Maui Cattle Company beef and support local ranchers.
Fresh local seafood is always a highlight on Kō's menu and Hawaiʻi's fishermen play a huge role in protecting this natural resource of the islands. The fishermen who catch for Kō support a sustainable fishery, while at the same time providing some of the most delectable fish found anywhere in the world.
Supporting Tomorrow's Chefs
Kō and Fairmont Kea Lani share a rich history of supporting the development of future culinarians. Since 1996, the resort has been a major supporter of University of Hawaiʻi's largest fundraiser supporting the culinary arts. Through support of the annual Noble Chef evet, critical funds and valuable mentorship opportunities are raised are created for the students. In 2010, the resort launched the annual Tylun Pang Aspiring Chef Scholarship to further support this cause and offer the top performing student a summer internship.
Kō in the Community
Kō regularly supports the community through participation in Hawaii's Localicious campaign, Hawai'i Seafood Awareness month, and numerous commitments to introduce Maui's youth to local agriculture and working in the culinary profession.