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Cooking | Hawaiian Style with Chef Ola of Aloha Cr3w

Updated: Jun 30, 2021

If you haven't already heard, EHCC is opening up their Hawaiian Style Series with Cooking | Hawaiian Style on Saturday, March 23, 2019. In this very special event, Chef Ola will be teaching a small class of 30, the art of making laulau, but let's get to know more about our featured Chef.

Chef Ola Miner, a self-taught culinary artist, hails from Hale`iwa/Waialua on the island of O`ahu. When he was 7, his `ohana (family) moved to Las Vegas, where he continued to live and practice his Hawaiian culture. Chef Ola later graduated with a degree in communications and worked as a tech for casinos and hospitals in Las Vegas, never imagining that one day, he’d completely change his career to cooking.

Chef Ola later moved back to Hawai`i, where he worked at Tamura’s, a famous local eatery. He mastered the art of poke with 20+ different types of recipes and quickly became known as the “Poke Master.” Chef Ola was later featured on Japan’s Discovery Food Channel, where he shared different Native Hawaiian recipes.

Upon completion of higher levels of certification, Chef Ola was promoted to Food Service Manager and later opened and managed three Tamura’s stores on Maui. While continuing to work there, Chef started his own catering business called “O’ s Mauka 2 Makai” (Mauka meaning mountain, and makai meaning ocean). His idea was that he could “chef up” anything from the mountain to the sea! Over the years, he’s catered graduation parties, birthdays, baby showers, and many private, exclusive dinners, his biggest accomplishment being a party for 1,000 guests, which he single-handedly served up!

Chef has traveled the world learning different types of culinary skills and recipes from various international cultures. His dream has always been to have his own food truck, where he can share diverse cultural recipes with his community. After losing someone very dear to him, Chef was motivated to make his dream a reality, so he moved 4,700 miles east to the Washington, D.C. area, where he is part owner of Aloha Crew Entertainment and Catering. “Everything I cook in the kitchen I cook with my heart, and I want to show the world the ALOHA through our craft, so I’m doing what I do to share and keep the traditional Hawaiian food alive.”

One of Chef Ola’s first catering jobs in the D.C. area was to cater a Reception following an Office Blessing for Na Ali`i in Arlington, VA, where guests savored dishes such as Poke, Lomi Lomi Salmon, Kahuku Garlic Shrimp, Shoyu Chicken, Beef Teriyaki, Hawaiian Dry Mein, and several ono (delicious) “local-style” desserts!

One of Chef’s passion has always been to “give back” to his community. While living on Maui, he participated in many fund-raisers such as children’s educational programs, sports teams, and helped feed families, who were affected by natural disasters. Chef has already started “giving back” to his new Washington, D.C. community by partnering with E Ala E Hawaiian Cultural Center, a non-profit Native Hawaiian cultural organization headquartered in Alexandria, VA.

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