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Kuoha Culinary
Kuoha Culinary

Kuoha Culinary

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Introduction: I specialize in small upscale catering events and private chef services. I like to get into the mindset and expectations of the client for the event so I can create and customize a menu that exceeds their standards, but stays within price points. Kuoha Culinary prides itself in being one of the only catering companies that has one chef handle all facets of food production from start to finish and is on-site at all events handling food personally to ensure quality food, service, and guest satisfaction. At the end of the day the client needs to be happy with the service I provide, if not I cannot accept pay for a job that isn't done well. I am all about getting the "Wow" from my clients. After dedicating over 20 years into his profession of cooking and guest servicing for other businesses and employers, Chef Ed Kuoha decided it was finally time to carve out his own niche. Chef Ed wanted to have something to show for all his hard work and have an opportunity to use his skill set to continue to create memories and enjoyment for many people through his vision of food, thus Kuoha Culinary was born. Chef Ed is a strong believer in putting positive energy and love into everything he creates. He feels that it aids in the end result of his work which often leads to great responses from clients who use his catering and Private Chef services. Born and raised in Hawaii, Chef Ed has felt fortunate to call this his home and doesn't foresee ever leaving paradise. Family is still the most important thing to him, and when he is not working, he is spending time with his wife and 3 children which bring him the most enjoyment.

Hired 54 times

6 employees

6 years in business

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Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, professionalism, and responsiveness.

Exceptional 5.0

50 reviews


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Jenessa L.

Wedding Catering

Ed is seriously AMAZING!! Planning a destination wedding can be difficult when you live across the country. But Ed was always quick to answer my emails, gave me positive direction on my planning and helped in anyway that he could. The day of the wedding was perfect. I didn't even know he was there! We had it at the Makahea Kale Hoa Estate and Ed came in, did his thing and made sure everything was done on time. Now for the food, which was phenomenal!! I had so many guests come up to me afterwards and tell me that was the best wedding food they've ever had! We chose a garden salad, garlic mashed potatoes, mixed veggies, sweet corn, chicken cordon bleu, steak and fish. After the wedding, Ed met with us to go over how the evening went. He said it was the smoothest event he has had at our location yet. I can't rave enough about how well Ed and his team did. Thank you guys for everything!!!
May 19, 2018
Ana Caroline C.

Amazing food and service. Best Kalua Pork! If you’re in doubt to choose some catering service for your event I can tell that you just found the best option in Oahu. Chef Ed prepared, delivered, and organized the food for our wedding at the beach in Kaneohe on Saturday, August 26th, 2017. The food was amazing and I can tell that we tasted the best Kalua pork in the island. Our guests praised for the food and asked for the contact before they left. We decided to choose Chef Ed because of the great reviews on Yelp and because of the characteristics of his service. He organizes events from 2 up to 120 guests and he designs the menu according to your event, desires, and dietary restrictions. Our wedding was a picnic at the beach with 25 guests. We decided on Hawaiian food and we had dairy-free and vegetarian food options. We contacted him by email and he always replied within 2 days. He is really straightforward, polite, exact, and attentive. The price is pretty good for the excellent food and service and you can discuss the menu based on your budget. Although we didn’t try the food before and we just met him on the day of the wedding, we have no complains and we would like to have more time to talk and to thank him for everything.
Sep 25, 2017
Allyn w.

Kuoha culinary provided an amazing dining experience at our intimate wedding. They communicated menu options for us before hand, and helped us stay within budget. The day of the wedding, they showed up promptly, prepared dinner, served and cleaned up as well. Most importantly, the food was AMAZING! Many of our guests raved about the food/experience. I'd easily recommend Chef Ed for any catering needs, and wouldn't hesitate to contact him for any of our future events.
Sep 20, 2017
Larry k.

Event Catering (Drop-off)

Chef arrived on time, did the complete set up, and was smiling the entire time. We had a very last minute change in where the party was set up, and he handled it with grace. Me, I kept praying. The food was absolutely delicious' presented beautifully; hot items were hot when service began';cold items cold. I could not have chosen a better caterer. Ed was a great help with the menu planning--it would have been a very boring "mainland" meal, but thanks to him, it had a terrific Island style. Can't thank you enough, Chef. Highly recommend his services. 5 ***** quality & service. Larry. Nuuanu
Mar 22, 2017
Stephanie L.

Wedding Catering

Chef Ed was a delight to work with, providing my partner and I with a menu that met our specifications and tastes for our small family wedding. He made everything easy and allowed us to sit back and enjoy our evening while taking care of every aspect of meal prep, lay out, and clean up. He even sliced up our wedding cake after we had done the first cut together. All of our family loved the food and had nothing but positive things to say. Thank you so much for your immaculate and professional service, and helping to make our wedding end on a delicious and relaxing note!
Mar 16, 2017


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    My basic starting point is $30/hr., it will vary depending upon budget of client and complexity of the request. I do not charge for travel time or shopping time, I am truly interested in giving the client the best experience I can and am very flexible to their needs. I truly love what I do and enjoy making people happy with my culinary abilities.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    I like to get into their mindset and expectations for the upcoming event so I can create and customize a menu that meets their standards and price points. At the end of the day the client needs to be happy with the service I provide, if not I cannot accept pay for a job not well done. I am all about getting the "Wow" from my clients.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I have been in the industry for over 20 years. I attended Kapiolani Community College as a double major in Culinary Arts and Patisserie. I have been exposed to all the various fields of the industry in my years of training such as hotel work, fine dining, casual dining, private chef, catering, kitchen consulting, banquets, & etc.

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