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Halekulani Unveils New Groundbreaking Culinary Offerings

Halekulani’s ‘GMO-Free Cuisine’ Offers Expanded Choices
With Unprecedented Dining Standards

Halekulani, celebrated for its personalized service, masterful cuisine and innovation, reaffirms its role as an industry pioneer by offering menu items free of genetically modified organisms (GMO). Halekulani is the first luxury hotel in the United States to offer guests this pedigree in organic gourmet cuisine.

“Halekulani is introducing its new ‘GMO-Free Cuisine’ in response to its clientele’s growing desire to be provided this option in an era of increasing focus and awareness on product choices and wellness,” commented Chief Operating Officer Peter Shaindlin.

Halekulani’s ‘GMO-Free Cuisine’ is available at the hotel’s acclaimed oceanside open-air restaurant, Orchids, as well as through In-Room Dining. Menu items, as conceptualized by Executive Chef Vikram Garg include Ahi Crudo and Daikon, Sumida Farm Watercress and Hearts of Palm Salad, and Lentil and Rice Risotto with Turmeric and Asafoetida. Organically produced wines and USDA-organic juices are also offered at Halekulani.

“I have been a long time proponent of health conscious cuisine – “honest foods” – foods that are locally sourced, simple, pure and unprocessed – speak to the way so many of our discriminating guests live and eat. That’s what we want to offer through our expanded menu items,” said Chef Garg. In order to ensure that food items contain a minimal amount of chemicals and pollutants, Halekulani sources produce from local organic farms. All dairy, fish, meat, fruits and vegetables available are free of chemicals, preservatives, hormones food additives, enzyme flavorings and processing agents, including rennet used to make hard cheeses, meat, eggs, and dairy products from GMO-fed animals. In addition, fish are wild-caught and contain less mercury and pollutants, which are commonly known to have harmful effects on health.

The ‘GMO-Free Cuisine’ initiative is part of Halekulani’s continuing focus on offering a sophisticated world of choices, particularly in the area of health-awareness. In a trendsetting move in 2005, Halekulani led the luxury industry by eliminating all trans-fat food from the property – another way to provide guests with healthier lifestyle choices. Halekulani has long been known for catering to the myriad lifestyles of the hotel’s international clientele, who continue to return to the property because of its uniquely gracious and individualized service.

About Halekulani
Since its inception in 1984, Halekulani has received more than five hundred accolades, awards and honoraria, and is consistently ranked among the world’s finest hotels. SpaHalekulani, amongst many others, earned the coveted Mobil Four-Star rating, the highest bestowed upon any spa by the Mobil Travel Guide, and was ranked the #2 Best Resort Spa in North America by Conde Nast Traveler. Halekulani’s fine dining restaurant, La Mer, is Hawaii’s longest ranked AAA-Five Diamond restaurant. Halekulani is managed by the Hotels and Resorts of Halekulani, a brand management division of the Honolulu-based Halekulani Corporation, which also manages newly redesigned Waikiki Parc Hotel. Halekulani is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and is aligned with Tokyo’s legendary Imperial Hotel.

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