Author: Dawn Paiva | Highway Inn

Leimomi Lum

Leimomi Lum was born and raised on Kaua‘i, the oldest of three children. As the only daughter, she was especially close to her mother and spent a lot of time cooking and baking with her. After her mom passed away, Leimomi says, “I felt it was my turn to continue to pass down the legacy … Continued

Clare Bobo

Clare Bobo is a self-described “Polish girl from the southside of Chicago.” Growing up, her family spent holidays and Sundays with her grandmother and great-aunts and -uncles, eating traditional foods. Her grandmother Ann’s pierogi, a dish traditional in Eastern and Central Europe, were always a family favorite, specially made for Christmas Eve. “We looked forward … Continued

Jenn Marr

Jenn Marr is a veteran of the food and beverage industry, with nearly 30 years of professional experience and a lifetime spent in a family where “cooking is pretty much mandatory!”The dish she shares with Tutu’s Kitchen is her family’s interpretation of the classic Italian dish Chicken Cacciatore, roasted chicken thighs in tomato sauce. Jenn … Continued

Kristin Jackson

Kristin Jackson opened her Southern food restaurant, Kiss My Grits, in Honolulu in 2011 to much acclaim. The establishment was awarded a People’s Choice for Best New Restaurant that year and served classic dishes such as fried chicken, biscuits and gravy and Eastern North Carolina-style pulled pork—the iconic foods of her beloved home state. Kristin … Continued

Dianne Vicheinrut

Dianne Vicheinrut spent more than 20 years working in the restaurant business, with a focus on Hawaii Regional Cuisine. “I loved being able to work with local farmers and share their crops, like Hawaiian hearts of palm, sea asparagus and tropical fruits,” she says. Now a financial advisor, working with individuals, families and business owners … Continued

Traci Rosado Fernandez

Traci Rosado Fernandez says she feels lucky to be surrounded by so many good cooks. “I don’t feel like I’m the one person that cooks for the family. We have so many excellent cooks—starting with my Grandpa Rosado, then my mom, my aunties, mother-in-law, sister and my sons!” Growing up, her grandfather Raymond Rosado, Sr.’s … Continued