For many years, Chef Ronnie has supported the school by offering his culinary talents for a multitude of charity events, and many of our Tiki's Ohana team members have volunteered at these events.
A little history: In 1862, following a plea from King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma to the Church of England, the first Anglican bishop and priests arrived to establish the Diocese of Honolulu. By 1863, Father William R. Scott had secured property and begun Luaehu School in Lahaina, Maui. This was the beginning of the present 'Iolani School.
When Father Scott returned to England due to illness, Bishop Staley sent Father George Mason to relieve him. Father Mason continued to operate the school which his predecessor had founded. In 1870 when Bishop Staley left Honolulu, Father Mason was called back to the capital city. It was at this time that the school was transferred to Honolulu. In the same year, Queen Emma bestowed on the school the name "'Iolani," or Heavenly Bird. https://www.iolani.org/about
This year A Touch of 'Iolani was held on Saturday, August 3, 2019, and was presented by the 'Iolani Alumni Association and the Class of 2000. Tiki's prepped up for 1000 portions!
Volunteers included: Kamaehu Matsuoka, Kevin Miller, Chef Mikey Inthapanhnha, Tom Wingate, Lisa Miller, Michael Miller, and Chef Ronnie Nasuti.
Tiki's dish was a Seafood Cioppino: Shrimp, Scallops, Clams, Mussels, Calamari, Roasted Fennel, Arborio Risotto, and Star Anise Saffron Broth.
Here is a list of the other restaurants that also served at "A Touch of 'Iolani":
12th Avenue Grill, Alan Wong's, Asato Family Shop, Big City Diner, Chingu, Fête, Girls Who Bake Next Door, Halekulani, Izakaya Kei, MW Restaurant, Nabeya Maido, The Pig & The Lady, Roy's, Ruth's Chris Steak House, Tikis Grill & Bar, Vino
So what do 'Iolani and Tiki's Grill & Bar have in common? Chef Ronnie's son Roman, and Michael's wife Lisa are alumni of ‘Iolani, and Bill has children that attend.