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The Hyatt Regency Hosts an Exclusive Culinary Event for Wishes

On July 22, as part of the yearlong celebration of the 10th anniversary of supporting wishes for wish children in Hawaii, the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa hosted a premiere event called Dishes for Wishes. Part of the "Good Taste Series," this exclusive culinary retreat featured a grand five-course dinner for one night only, as a benefit for Make-A-Wish Hawaii. 

The menu featured exquisite creations from four accomplished chefs: Lee Anne Wong, Chai Chaowasaree, Takeshi Kawasaki and Joseph Rose. At the reception, guests were also invited to review and vote for their favorite dishes from seven talented up-and-coming Hyatt chefs as part of Hyatt's third annual The Good Taste Series competition. Wish kid Chandler, who would discover she would soon be leaving on her wish come true (a trip to Japan!), was able to enjoy professionally made sushi for the first time since her diagnosis with osteosarcoma; and even received a professional sushi chef jacket to mark the first day of her wish journey to happiness and recovery. 

The special evening united sponsors, guests, chefs and a very special wish family to support more children like Chandler who need the strength and hope of a wish come true. 

Mahalo nui loa to everyone who contributed to Dishes for Wishes, including Micah Suderman of Southern Wine and Spirits, Marisa Hallsted, slack-key guitarist Danny Carvalho and especially Chef Sven and the entire Hyatt team!

Photos courtesy of Keith Uehara.
  • Bright and crisp. Hyatt always gets the setting just right for every occasion.

  • Wish kid Chandler walked the royal blue carpet with her mom, giving a warm welcome to guests committed to making more wishes come true for children like her.

  • Did you know every shell is unique? Just like finger prints, snow flakes and wishes.

  • A five-course, privately catered meal was complemented by a culinary competition between top chefs from Hyatt properties across North America!

  • Wish kid Chandler was our VIP of the evening, preparing and eating sushi for the first time since her diagnosis--with top sushi chefs! Pictured here with Amy Sterry, COO of Make-A-Wish Hawaii, and David Nadelman, Area Vice President Hyatt Resorts Hawaii.

  • Everyone wanted a few words with the star of the evening, wish kid Chandler.

  • Chefs, guests and sponsors alike were thrilled and united by a great cause to support.

  • When you see a Make-A-Wish T-shirt, you know that person supports wishes for wish kids.

  • The incredible culinary creations were unforgettable.

  • Wish kid Chandler was presented with her very own, official, sushi chef jacket!

  • As Chandler slipped into the jacket, she was reminded that this day is just the beginning to the happiness that awaits her on her road to recovery.

  • Overall, it was a beautiful occasion to celebrate the power of wishes, the strength of unity and the heart of community members who support our wish children.

  • The 10th anniversary of Hyatt Regency's support of Make-A-Wish Hawaii has just begun. Join us in October for Swing for Wishes Golf Tournament ( and in December for our Christmas celebration, Light the Night.

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Make-A-Wish® Hawaii
P.O. Box 1877
Honolulu, HI 96805
(808) 537-3118 x100