Chef David Lukela
Chef de Cuisine
For nearly six years, Lukela served as a research lab supervisor at the Hawaii Center for AIDS with the University of Hawaii’s John A. Burns School of Medicine. That’s when he decided it was time to begin experimenting with the idea of another career path.
Lukela enrolled at the Kapiolani Community College’s (KCC) Culinary Arts Program in 2010, and while there, began as a cook’s helper at the Sheraton Waikiki in July of 2010. He never looked back after that. Lukela was named executive sous chef at the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa in 2014 and in 2015 he was named Chef de Cuisine. Lukela’s vision for the Beachhouse is simple. “I want to make it a true culinary destination,” he says. “Great food, elegant ambience and memorable service…all of the things that help bring people time and time again to one of the most extraordinary venues on Oahu.” In addition to his culinary degree from Kapiolani Community College, Lukela holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in biochemistry, with a minor in economics, from Occidental College in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools in Honolulu.