The American Culinary Federation (ACF) Kona Kohala Chefs Association presents its 27th annual holiday scholarship fundraiser, to be held at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel Lu`au Grounds, from 5:30-8pm. The fundraiser benefits local culinary students attending HawCC in Kona and members of the Kona Kohala Chefs who want to further their education. Culinary participatants to date include the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar, the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows, the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, Kailua Candy Company, Pueo’s Osteria, Huggo’s, The Feeding Leaf, Lava Lava Beach Club, Red Water Cafe and Habaneros Bar & Grill along with new participants Kohala Burger & Taco and Mai Grille by Chef Allen Hess. Host property Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel will also be decking the halls with a special culinary offering. In addition, the holiday gala offers handcrafted ales by Kona Brewing Company, Mehana Brewing Company and Big Island Brewhaus; fine wines; and 100 percent Kona coffee. Attendees can enjoy dancing under the stars to the Bill Noble Trio, and an exciting silent auction. Cost: $85 pre-sale; $90 at the door; $1000 for VIP tables of 10. Buy tickets online or at several West Hawai`i locations. For details, visit