Iva Kinimaka, entertainer and Hawaiian food restaurateur, dies at 76

Credit: Kinimaka family

Hawaii has lost one of its finest sons.

Longtime entertainer and Hawaiian food restaurateur Iva Kinimaka died Wednesday morning.

During the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, Kinimaka was a headliner in Waikiki, entertaining visitors and locals at the Royal Lanai, Duke’s and the Hilton Hawaiian Village. He composed the popular ‘He Aloha Mele’ written for his daugher Dr. Chamonix Kinimaka.

After his show business career, Kinimaka turned to the culinary and restaurant industry where he became known as one of Hawaii finest Hawaiian food chefs.

His restaurants and catering businesses were extremely popular with families – serving great Hawaiian food at weddings, first birthday luaus and graduation parties.

One of his most famous dishes was a mix of poke, lomi lomi salmon, limu, and kukui nut topped off with opihi.

Iva Kinimaka was 76 years old.

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