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Virtual Luncheon with Kelvin Ro: Surviving the Pandemic – How Diamond Head Market and Grill Continues to Grow


PMI Honolulu Hawaii Chapter Virtual General Membership Meeting & Luncheon

Title: Surviving the Pandemic – How Diamond Head Market and Grill Continues to Grow 


Speaker: Kelvin Ro, Chef/Owner at Diamond Head Market and Grill

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 12:00PM-1:00PM

Topic Description:   The Covid-19 pandemic has posed an enormous challenge for business owners in the Restaurant and Tourism Industry in Hawaii.  Kelvin Ro, owner of Diamond Head Market and Grill, will share his story on surviving the pandemic.  He will share a brief history of his business model and the strategies that placed him at the right place at the right time.  Join us to learn of Kelvin's experience and his secrets to success.  After 20 years of business, despite the pandemic, his restaurant is still thriving and growing.

Speaker Bio: Island style, local food has always been the focus of award-winning chef Kelvin Ro. As the chef owner of Honolulu’s popular Diamond Head Market and Grill on the slopes of Diamond Head, he focuses his efforts on tasty plate lunches, salads, sandwiches, baked goods and everyday favorites with a keen sensibility for local flavors with a healthy twist.

Ro was born in Wahiawa and his family’s restaurants got him started on the culinary track. He graduated from Waipahu High School and earned a business degree at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. In the mid-1980s he started a catering company and then a restaurant in Hilo. But it was the Kahala Moon Cafe in East Honolulu that won him accolades and awards for his food, infused with Asian flavors and sophisticated presentations that still reflected his local roots.

When Ro closed Kahala Moon Cafe, he became a chef/instructor at the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Kapiolani Community College where he has worked for the last 20 years and involved in community development and fundraising for the school’s two-year program and leading fundraising to help build the four-year program at the former Canon Club site on the slopes of Diamond Head. And he runs his Diamond Head Market and Grill, a popular mecca for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, featuring foods from the cultures of Hawaii. Recently named by Esquire Magazine as 100 of the restaurants America cannot afford to lose.

Like many of Hawaii’s celebrity chefs, Ro actively participates in community events and fundraising, sharing his love of Hawaii and food through The Ro Foundation which benefits many of Hawaii needy and worthy causes. 

Event Information:  Zoom information will be provided with your registration confirmation.

Event Code:  C166-P2102250

PMI Talent Triangle: This free webinar qualifies for 1 Leadership PDU to be reported by PMIHNL for chapter members (no self-reporting needed).


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Type of category: General Membership Meeting

Type of activity: Leadership

Date: February 25th, 2021

Hour: 12:00PM to 1:00PM

Number of PDUs: 1


Members: Free

Non members: Free

Students: Free


Virtual Meeting via Zoom