RYAN’S TABLE BY Ryan Tatsumoto

To excite, encourage, raise up and rouse. That is the translation of the name of a new Honolulu restaurant, Pai Honolulu (from its original name, Ho‘opai). It’s also how chef and owner Kevin Lee wants his guests to feel about their dining experience at Pai Honolulu.

You probably thought the Hawaiian name of the restaurant and Lee’s Asian surname meant another local boy had spread his wings in the culinary world. Well, not quite. Kevin Lee hails from the Bay Area. His formal training began with his earning a bachelor’s degree in food science from the University of California at Davis, followed by a culinary degree with honors from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.

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