About Us

What Is Kau Kau Box?

We all kau kau, so why not do it in a way that’s healthy, convenient, and delicious? Kau Kau Box originated in response to the community’s immense needs during an unprecedented time. Kau Kau Box serves as a lifeline—providing fresh, wholesome, flavorful food for our kupuna, essential workers, parents, military personnel, and other community members who don’t have access to transportation and are working to make ends meet. In this time of social distancing, we’re bringing chef-prepared meals paired with fresh, local ingredients straight to your doorstep at an affordable price. Simply create the meals, use hashtags #KauKauBoxChallenge #KauKauBox, and get ready to grind.

Kau Kau Boxes feature a variety of produce, meats and fish that are locally sourced in an effort to support Hawaii-owned businesses. The boxes are handled and delivered with care by Hawaii’s seasoned hospitality professionals, all of whom are equipped with and required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) including gloves and face masks. They’re also required to use sanitizer spray to wipe down the boxes and delivery vehicles.

Our Mission

The Kau Kau Box is the creative brainchild of Gourmet Events Hawaii, designed to serve the people of Hawaii in this time of need. We aim to bring fresh produce and prepared foods to families, support local businesses, keep hospitality professionals working, and help the local community stay healthy.

Our Chef

Kau Kau Box is proud to collaborate with the talented Chef Thomas Naylor, founder of Ke Nui Kitchen, to produce our weekly boxes. Raised in the restaurant business, Chef Thomas has over 15 years of experience in the food and special events industry. He’s cultivated an exceptional group of chefs who have collectively over 100 years of shared experience working with local fare, New American, farm-to-table, Pan Pacific, Latin, Peruvian, Mediterranean, and more. He has garnered a reputation for excellence in culinary services, and most notably a commitment to his clientele.

“Ke Nui Kitchen is proud to be the chef-partner for Kau Kau Box. We believe it's the perfect platform for customers to experience locally sourced gourmet ingredients and chef-driven cuisine in a new and exciting way. The variety of options at our customers' fingertips allows them to be creative with the combination of raw and prepared, heat, and serve products at an affordable price in the time of need. Kau Kau Box is an essential platform for the family's on-the-go and answers the age old question of “what's for dinner?” – Chef Thomas Naylor.


Have you heard the good news? Our Kau Kau Box team has grown! We’re so thrilled to announce the addition of Chef Chai Chaowasaree to the Kau Kau Box ohana! An award-winning chef specializing in Hawaii regional cuisine, Chef Chai has joined our talented Chef Thomas Naylor to offer you more options at an even greater value.

With over 30 years of culinary experience under his belt, Chef Chai is an integral member of Hawaii’s food and beverage community. After growing up in Bangkok, Chef Chai moved to Hawaii in his early 20s to open his first restaurant. His most recent venture, Chef Chai at Pacifica, continues to operate as one of Oahu’s most popular gourmet eateries.

Chef Chai has been lauded for using fresh local ingredients to explore the diverse flavors of Asia, reflecting a cultural diversity that's so prevalent in the Hawaii community. He has received numerous Hale Aina Chef's Choice awards, and his restaurants have been recommended in publications such as Travel & Leisure, Gourmet Magazine, and Bon Appetite, among others.

“Kau Kau Box is a wonderful and timely solution for the people of Hawaii during these challenging times, and I’m thrilled to join the team as another featured chef. I look forward to bringing my culinary bent toward local regional cuisine and Asian fusion to the larger community through this new partnership with Kau Kau Box.” – Chef Chai Chaowasaree

Chef Chai’s Kau Kau Boxes will now be offered on Tuesdays for delivery between 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., or pick-up at Ala Moana Center, Atkinson Drive Entrance (Ground Level Parking) from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Subscriptions for Tuesday Kau Kau Boxes not available at this time.