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Meet the Executive Chef of Hawaiian Airlines Who Turns Out to be a Husband and Wife

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If you fly from the mainland United States to Hawaii, then Hawaii to Japan, Australia, New Zealand, or South Korea using the Hawaiian Airlines airline, you will be treated to a variety of very delicious food menus. These menus are served under the supervision of Wade Ueoka and Michelle Karr Ueoka.

Actually there is nothing special about those menus because airlines serving delicious menus have become commonplace. The ones that make the menus special are Wade Ueoka and Michelle Karr Ueoka. Because, the two executive chefs turned out to be a husband and wife. 

Wade Ueoka and Michelle Karr Ueoka who are the owners of the MW Restaurant and Artizen by MW in Honolulu have been appointed as executive chefs of Hawaiian Airlines on Monday (1/3). The two are tasked with overseeing the menu of the Featured Chef Series which is popular on aircraft carriers.

“Our Featured Chef Series has developed into a top-rated meal program celebrating the vibrant culinary scene and outstanding agricultural bounty of our islands,” said Renee Awana, Managing Director of Product Development for Hawaiian Airlines, in Honolulu, Monday (1/3).

Wade Ueoka and Michelle Karr Ueoka became executive chefs of Hawaiian Airlines replacing Chef Lee Anne Wong, owner of Koko Head Café, Honolulu, who joined the Featured Chef Series in 2015 and has served as executive chef since 2018. 

Wade Ueoka and Michelle Karr Ueoka said they had experienced flying with Hawaiian Airlines since they were young, and it was great to have the opportunity to design meals on these flights today.

“Ueoka and I can’t wait to get started as an executive chef duo and the first husband and wife team at Hawaiian Airlines,” said Michelle. “After participating in the Featured Chef Series for nearly five years, it was an honour to be offered the role of executive chef,” said Ueoka.

So, there is an interesting story behind the special menus available on your trip using Hawaiian Airlines, right? The story is not only inspiring for many couples to work together in a profession, but also to achieve. Ueoka and Michelle deserve to be examples of such an inspiring couple.