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Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

  • 72-100 Ka`upulehu Drive, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, 96740, U.S.A.
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Kalani Garcia

Executive Pastry Chef
“I’m constantly working with my hands and I love to figure out how things work and understand the science behind everything – I guess that’s why I enjoy pastry so much!”

 

Four Seasons Tenure

  • Since 2003
  • First Four Seasons Assignment:  Pastry Cook, Four Seasons Resort Maui

Employment History

  • Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, Four Seasons Resort Maui, Hali‘imaile General Store

Birthplace

  • Makawao, Maui, Hawaii, USA

Education

  • University of Hawaii – Maui College, AAS in Culinary Arts and Baking

Languages Spoken

  • English

Overseeing all pastry and dessert operations, Kalani Garcia couldn't be more at home on the island paradise of Hawaii.  Born on Makawao, Maui, Garcia is a true local, whose love of pastry began at an early age. As the youngest of five children, he watched his mother bake for family gatherings, inspiring him well before his career started at the Hali‘imaile General Store in Maui, where he learned from the ground up and became the pastry chef.

Garcia then joined the culinary team at Four Seasons Resort Maui where he fell in love with Four Seasons culture, then made the move to the glitz and glam of the desert, where he worked his way through the high-volume pastry kitchen at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas where he eventually met his wife, Cara.

Garcia made the move back home to Hawaii, joining Four Seasons Resort Hualalai as Assistant Pastry Chef, before being promoted to his current role of Executive Pastry Chef.  His love for Hawaii Island is apparent in the abundance of fresh produce he uses in his unique desserts.  One of his signature desserts, the Ulu Financier, uses ulu flour (breadfruit) that he harvests from the Resort’s herb garden to create a delicious dessert that also happens to be gluten free.  “I’m thrilled to be a part of this amazing culinary team, and to show that the farm-to-table concept extends to dessert here at Hualalai."

In 2016, Garcia and his team were honoured to win Best Sweet – People’s Choice award at the Big Island Chocolate Festival.

Chef Kalani and his wife Cara are proud pet parents to two Jack Russell terriers.  In his spare time, he enjoys carpentry, free diving, experimenting in the kitchen.