Our story

What we do

Hawaiian island cuisine is at the heart of any Hawaiian gathering.  Our food is as varied as the people and cultures who have introduced it. Hale ‘Aina (house of sustenance) has embraced this diversity, and services the entire spectrum of local functions. From 5 star, multi-course, plated Pacific Fusion wine pairings to luau buffet catering, we can craft a menu and service to fit any event. We pride ourselves on peerless quality and professional service, and our unique catering team of chefs and servers are ready to bring the aloha spirit to any island event you may be planning.

A full service catering and event planning company, Hale ‘Aina Caterers has been providing the best in Pacific Rim cuisine and Hawaiian hospitality services since 2005. Our outstanding network of partners includes wedding coordinators, rental companies, property managers, and a full array of service providers from DJ’s to florists.

From sushi and sashimi fresh off the Honolulu auction block to Latin, Mediterranean, and Asian Fusion or even traditional Hawaiian luau buffets, our talented team can craft an array of menu possibilities to fit almost any palate. Or chose from any of our exclusive plated, buffet, or appetizer menus, it’s hard to go wrong…

Our experience in having had the opportunity to service families, dignitaries, and personalities from around the world has taught us that each event is a unique as the guests we serve and we are here to help you create yours.

Clients of Hale ‘Aina have included

Musician Rihanna

Musician Dave Matthews

Legendary NHL Ice Hockey player, Brett Hull

Actor Daniel Craig

Actress Amy Schumer

Musician Alanis Morrisette

3 x NHL Stanley Cup Winning Goalkeeper Jonathan Quick

Actor Pedro Pascal

Actor and Screenwriter Charlie Hunnam

Musician Chris Brown

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard

Musician T-pain

Golfer Hale Irwin

Movie producer Jack Giarraputo

Actress Rachel Weisz

Musician RZA

Actor Jay Brown

Musician AAP

Musician French Montana

Musician Kid Cudi

American Savings Bank

Gucci

Our Origins

Chef Kanani Lincoln, a native of Hawaii, was literally raised around fresh food.  From a young age he spent all of his free time at his family’s Maui based business, Fresh Island Fish, where his dad was the head of operations and his mom ran the restaurant.  Moving to Honolulu for boarding school in the early 1990’s, and becoming a 1995 Kamehameha Schools graduate, Kanani was introduced to a range of cuisines and began honing his culinary passion while attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa and working with various Honolulu restaurants.  A brief stint living in Manhattan, New York City, further exposed Kanani to the global food scene, setting in motion a path that continues to this day.

Returning to Hawaii and starting his first catering business at the age of 22, working on both Hawaii Island and Maui, he provided private chef Hawaii and catering services for Exclusive Resorts at Mauna Lani, Kukio Estates, and Hualalai Residences at the Four Seasons, the Residences at Ritz-Carlton Kapalua and Ho’olei at the Grand Wailea, and spent time with the award-winning I’o restaurant in Lahaina.

In 2005 Kanani made the leap to Honolulu, after several of his clients from the other islands requested his services on Oahu.  He found that Honolulu offered a broader diversity of opportunities, outside of the tourism-centric events on the outer islands.  With more weddings, private events and corporate functions to add to the calendar of private chef bookings, Hale ‘Aina Caterers was born.  Working with numerous chefs over the years, Kanani has now teamed up with Chef Eddie Mafnas to take Hale ‘Aina into the future.

Our Team

Founder, Chef Kanani Lincoln

Chef Kanani Lincoln, a native of Hawaii, was literally raised around fresh food. From a young age he spent all of his free time at his family’s Maui based business, Fresh Island Fish, where his dad was the head of operations and his mom ran the restaurant. Moving to Honolulu for boarding school in the early 1990’s, and becoming a 1995 Kamehameha Schools graduate, Kanani was introduced to a range of cuisines and began honing his culinary passion while attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa and working with various Honolulu restaurants. A brief stint living in Manhattan, New York City, further exposed Kanani to the global food scene, setting in motion a path that continues to this day.

Returning to Hawaii and starting his first catering business at the age of 22, working on both Hawaii Island and Maui, he provided private chef Hawaii and catering services for Exclusive Resorts at Mauna Lani, Kukio Estates, and Hualalai Residences at the Four Seasons, the Residences at Ritz-Carlton Kapalua and Ho’olei at the Grand Wailea, and spent time with the award-winning I’o restaurant in Lahaina.

Executive Chef Ryan Aquino

Born on the island of Kaua’i. Chef Ryan has always loved the culinary arts, a talent he inherited from his father. After graduating from Kamehameha Schools, Chef Ryan went on to attend the Culinary Institute of the Pacific.

In 2013, he began working as a private chef specializing in high end fine dining services as well as co-founding On The Fly Private Chefs. He has had the pleasure of cooking for elite clients such as: Adam Sandler & family, Mr. Pat Bowlen & family, Daniel Tosh, Kid Cudi, Erik Dickerson, & Brandon Flowers. In 2016, Chef Ryan returned to the restaurant industry as a Sous Chef for the opening of Eating House 1849 by Roy Yamaguchi. The following year Chef Ryan was offered an Executive Sous Chef position at 12th Ave Grill and was later made Head of Production for Kokohead Foods.

In 2019, Chef Ryan joined Hale Aina as Executive Chef of Hale ‘Aina Caterers.

CHEF EDDIE MAFNAS

Chef Eddie Mafnas developed passion and love for the culinary world while working at his family-owned bakery in Guam. At the young age of 19, Chef Eddie had the opportunity to open multiple restaurants in a variety of international cities: Tokyo, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, and Cape Town, South Africa, to name a few.

To further expand his knowledge of Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Chef Eddie attended and graduated from the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Kapi’olani Community College with an A.S. degree in Culinary Arts. During his education, he was the captain of the competition team which won a gold medal in regional competition.

As a caterer, he has worked for several A-list celebrities, including Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Christina Aguilera, Kanye West, Jay Z, and Beyonce.

Understanding the use of fresh, local ingredients and actively promoting the Farm to Plate movement is Chef Eddie’s main focus. His passion is to stay connected to the land and utilize each ingredient to its fullest potential.
He enjoys collaborating with other chefs in the community and donates his time by teaching students local Hawaiian cuisine via the Kupu environmental organization and Nihon University.