KAILUA-KONA, ISLAND OF HAWAI’I—The holiday happening of the season returns to the seaside grounds of Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel for Christmas with the Chefs. Time is 5-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.

Over 20 members of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Kona Kohala Chefs Association will delight attendees with plates of expertly prepared savory cuisine and delectable holiday treats—all accompanied by handcrafted ales, choice wines and 100 percent Kona coffee.

The Bill Noble Trio, accompanied by vocalist Kauilani Trainer, jazzes up the evening for dancing under the stars fronting historic Kamakahonu Bay. A silent auction will tempt would-be Santas with an array of holiday gift ideas while supporting local businesses.

In its 28th year, the annual fundraiser benefits local culinary students attending Hawai‘i Community College—Palamanui and members of the Kona Kohala Chefs wanting to further their education.

Tickets are $85 presale ($90 at the door) and available online at They can also be charged by phone, 808-329-2522. On October 1, tickets go on sale at Kailua Candy Company, Westside Wines Kona and Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel.

Reserve VIP tables for 10 for $1,000 by calling 808-329-2522.

The host hotel is offering a special event room rate and package starting at $145. Phone 808-331-6330 and ask for the “Christmas at Kamakahonu” room rates.

American Culinary Federation Kona Kohala Chefs Association: ACF is the largest, professional, non-profit organization for chefs and cooks in the nation. Founded in 1980, the Kona Kohala chapter is comprised of food service professionals, vendors, growers and culinary enthusiasts;