December 1: CHRISTMAS WITH THE CHEFS – KAILUA-KONA

Kick off the holiday season and celebrate the 30th year of the Big Isle’’s premier holiday extravaganza at the festive Christmas with the Chefs. The annual gala is on the seaside grounds of Courtyard King Kamehameha’’s Kona Beach Hotel, from 5:30-8 p.m. 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, with Jeannine Guillory-Kane on vocals, 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. 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 The silent auction is a benefit for the Palamanui culinary program through the ACF Kona Kohala Chefs and Jean Hull Endowment fund. Tickets are $90 and sold online at www.konakohalachefs.orgkkacf2011@gmail.com.