Food that represents Hawaii's unique blend of cultures
Sponsored by Central Pacific Bank
Olena by Chef Ron Simon is a take out counter located in Kalihi. Its motto? “Eat better, feel better.” The eatery serves up some authentic and delicious dishes sure to brighten your mood and satisfy any craving. HI Now host Kainoa Carlson stopped by to get a look at what’s on the menu.
Chef Ron Simon grew up on Lana’i during the pineapple plantation days. He is deeply rooted in honest hard work and community collaboration. With his dual culinary and patisserie degree, Simon has 20 years of experience at fine dining restaurants and hotels, including The Pacific Club and Kukui’ula Club as a sous chef and Chef de cuisine at the Four Seasons Lana’i. Now, he wishes to extend his Eurasian-American-Hawaii global-fusion flair to his community.
“Being in Kalihi Kai has been a blessing in an industrial area surrounded by other local businesses,” says partner Rose Ling. “We have been welcomed and supported by our community, foodies around Oahu, outer islands and the world.”
Olena by Chef Ron Simon is located between the airport and Waikiki, right across from the Hawaiian Chip Company. And there’s parking right out front!
“We are a one stop shop or gourmet oasis for someone seeking an unique take-out experience that is quality, variety, and value oriented,” Ling says.
Chef Simon’s cooking and baking is a reflection of Hawaii’s unique blend of culture. It is a fusion of American, Asian, and Mediterrean. He’s taken fine-dining dishes and made them more comfortable for all to enjoy without paying the prices you might pay as a club member or Four Season’s guest.
Olena offers authenticity and honesty. From cooking to baking, Ling says the eatery keeps it real.
“Chef’s spectrum of flavors are natural and clean eating that you can taste and feel,” Ling says. “Whether you choose fresh catch of the day, bowls, specialties, baked goods, or drinks, we offer a little something for everyone.”
Chef Simon and Ling are grateful for community support during these tough times.
“When we needed financial support through PPP and loans to ensure our mom and pop business can weather through these uncertain times, Central Pacific Bank has been there every step of the way,” Ling says. “CPB provided the financial options we needed to continue our business and has certainly went above and beyond their services.”
The eatery also wants to say a big mahalo to the Kalihi community and its patrons.
“We are not easy to find in an industrial area, but somehow, our essential workers of Kalihi, small business owners, visitors, and foodies around the island just continue to support our business,” Ling says. “They are loyal, compassionate, patient, and full of blessing to us. It’s priceless and keeps us going.”
For more information: olena.chefronsimon.com