Executive Chef James Watts
With an impressive culinary journey spanning over two decades, Executive Chef James Watts has honed his skills in renowned kitchens across the United States, New Zealand, and Australia. Notably, he has spearheaded culinary teams at esteemed establishments like the three-Michelin-starred French Laundry in Napa Valley, Hana Maui Resort, Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, and Sal Salis Resort on Ningaloo Reef in Australia.
Chef James embodies the spirit of culinary exploration, driven by an insatiable curiosity and an open mind towards all types of cuisine. With the world as his culinary canvas, he navigates a never-ending and thrilling voyage for our members. As the visionary behind Kōnane and the Beach Restaurant, he curates an ever-evolving dining experience at Kohanaiki, blending the finest local ingredients with carefully selected treasures from Pacific regions. In addition to this culinary tapestry, Chef James orchestrates special events that create the perfect recipe for shared moments and unforgettable experiences.