Thomas Muromoto, Ka’anapali Beach Hotel – Ka`anapali O `Aha`aina Chef Co-Chairperson

Born and raised in Hawai‘i, Tom Muromoto, executive chef at Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel, has developed a unique perspective that has served him well throughout his career as an award-winning chef.

Taking cues from the Islands’ unparalleled ethnic diversity, he combines his influence from Hawaiian culture and the distinctive Native Hawaiian diet with boundless culinary curiosity to create a style of Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine that is truly his own. “When creating dishes, I think back to the traditional Hawaiians. The food was simple and natural. It’s not necessary to overdo it,” says Muromoto.

A former professional surfer, Muromoto’s earliest inspiration came from the ocean. “I’ve spent my life in and around the ocean – surfing, diving for lobster, spear fishing. I can’t imagine living and working anywhere else for just that reason – proximity to the ocean. It gives you a specific viewpoint on the bounty we have in Hawai‘i.”