A seasoned team of culinary professionals aim to elevate the dining experience already favored by visitors and locals alike for its fresh island-style cuisine. Executive Chef Joseph Almoguera heads all food and beverage facilities at the Prince Waikiki and Hawaii Prince Golf Club.
Joseph Almoguera, Executive Chef
Executive Chef Joseph Almoguera has been a member of the Prince Resorts family since 2013 and previously held the title of Chef de Cuisine.
Discovering his passion for cooking at an early age, Almoguera’s 20-year culinary career includes positions at John Taiyo’s Cuisine Corporation, Kuakini Health System, Hilton Waikoloa Village and The Fairmont Orchid. Almoguera has also held the position of Executive Sous Chef at Waikoloa Beach Marriott for six years.
Almoguera describes Hawaiian Regional Cuisine as his specialty and is an incredibly talented ice carver. Under the tutelage of chefs from Japan and Hungary, he has learned and refined his technique of ice carvings. Almoguera was born and raised in Guam, and currently resides on Oahu with his wife and two children.
Lance Shimabuku, Executive Sous Chef
Executive Sous Chef Lance Shimabuku joined the culinary team at Prince Waikiki in 2013 and brings an impressive 40 years of experience. As Executive Sous Chef, Shimabuku oversees all kitchen operations within the numerous hotel restaurants, including the acclaimed 100 Sails Restaurant & Bar.
Shimabuku was born and raised in Kaimuki and attended Kapiolani Community College’s Culinary Arts Program where he earned a Culinary Certificate. Prior to his work at the hotel, Shimabuku was the Executive General Manager of Rainbow Drive-In. Before that, he spent 25 years with the Ilikai Hotel, where he earned the title of Executive Chef. Shimabuku currently resides in Kaimuki with his wife and to children. Shimabuku also has two grandchildren.
Mark Miura, Chef de Cuisine
Having joined the Prince Waikiki culinary team in 1998, chef Mark Miura made his mark in various areas of the kitchen before taking the helm in the banquets division where he was in charge of the cuisine for special events held at Prince Waikiki. He now oversees the signature 100 Sails Restaurant & Bar along with the pool deck Hinana Bar and Room Service operations. His positive energy goes beyond the kitchen and is witnessed running marathons, triathlons and the like. Chef Mark’s creativity in melding local flavors and his passion for innovation are factors that make Prince Waikiki a prime dining venue.
Chef Marc has been a great asset to the team and has been nominated for Outstanding Lodging Employee for the state’s Na Po‘e Pa‘ahana Awards. His cooking experience ranges from various hotels, restaurants and Honolulu Convention Center.
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