meet our crew

We are ALL VEGAN

Megumi  Odin

Executive Vegan Chef  / President

 

My name is Megumi and I was born in Tokyo, Japan. In Tokyo I was a professional food stylist who designed elegant meal settings for magazines, television programs, films, and other productions. In Hawaii I founded Peace Café, the first vegan restaurant in Honolulu. Then I sold Peace Café and started Satori, a pop up restaurant at the Soto Mission Zen temple, serving up authentic “Shojin Ryori”  Zen–style  vegan meals in the wabi tradition of minimalism inspired by the Japanese aesthetics of beauty as graceful simplicity. Also, I started Green Garden vegan food truck service in the sustainability court on the campus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. On March 6, 2017 I opened a new upscale restaurant called Vegan Hills.

My original vegan recipes are inspired from travelling all over the world to taste the cuisine of different cultures, such as Italy, France, Vietnam, Indonesia, Korea, and India as well as Japan. Also, my soul is always travelling to many countries. I receive heavenly inspiration from above guiding me to prepare magical new creations for my family, my friends and my customers! My mission is to spread the vegan lifestyle everywhere. The vegan lifestyle is a simple, easy and natural way to maintain the health of our body, the welfare of animals, and the conservation of nature. I hope that through my vegan dishes everyone can get a taste of nirvana! Please everyone travel with me to new countries by our Vegan Hills’ airline.

 

 

Kanayo

Head Chef

 

Born in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.  My love of food started early.  By the time I was in High School, I was committed to saving up money from part time jobs to explore restaurants that peaked my interest around town.  Inspired, I’d get home, and enjoyed recreating dishes in my own kitchen.  At 18, I started working at an American Diner in Yokohama (TGI Fridays), and thereafter, worked an array of restaurant and bar jobs, ranging from American themed bars to cross culture and multi-ethnic restaurants to help build my culinary foundation.  A fated encounter with Megumi Odin in Hawaii, in 2010, led to me working for her at Peace Café, and this was the beginning of my journey with Vegan cuisine and Veganism.  A few years later, I started working as an Executive Sous Chef at bills restaurant in Waikiki, and under world renowned chef, Bill Granger, and his global team of chefs, I had the opportunity to explore the cuisines and techniques from around the world, while taking in the unique inspirations hailing from Sydney, Australia.

Growing up around Shojin-Ryori, I have always harbored a deep interest and appreciation in Veganism.  Along with sex and sleep, eating is a human being’s top 3 desires in life.  What we eat and how we eat can dictate how we feel, physically, emotionally, and even spiritually. Thus, food, truly, is a choice we make on how we want to live our lives.  Through my work at Vegan Hills, my hope is to explore, inspire, and provide food that is good for our bodies, our souls, and the environment, while helping to spread the beauty and benefits of a Vegan Lifestyle.

 

Tomoko Wada

Director

 

Aloha I'm Tomoko

I'm from Kyoto Japan.

Here are the 5 things I like the best

1. Surfing

My favorite point is Diamond head. I usually go after work, say hi to me when you see me in the water!!

 

2. Travel around the world !!

Mexico, Bali, South France, Peru.... there are so many places I want to visit, and surf over there would be wonderful

 

3. I love music

Red hot chili pepper is my love. Of course I love VH red hot chili bowl

 

4. Prosecco

Drink prosecco with my bestie..  such a precious time!

 

5. Coco cove

My BEST of BEST!  Can't help loving it!!

Work hard Play hard Eat healthy!!!

 

Solomon

General Manager

 

Aloha My name is Solomon Ka'ili Ka'imimoku IV and I have pursued many interests in my professional career, but I have always felt the most at home in the food and beverage industry.

 

I have achieved a Bacholrs degree in Hawaiian Studies and in Travel industry management from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. I started my career at a little bistro on the island of Hawaii in 2000 as a server and worked my way up to General Manager after only two years. Most recently I held the position of corporate trainer for The Cheeseburger Company.

 

I have a passion for food and service and I intend on bringing my passions along with my hospitality management experience to the Vegan Hills 'Ohana and all of our guests.

 

Whether I am making dinner for my family, making music or building something for my son, I truly enjoy creating and transforming ideas into something unique and unforgettable.

 

Emilio

Assistant manager

 

I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. I'm new to the Hawaiian islands. Traveling, art, music, adventuring, hiking and meeting new people are a few of the things that drive me in life. I'm an empath at heart, and I love to spread kindness, compassion and acceptance in all things I do. Love and understanding of all living things bleeds inside me. Also, I may or may not receive my intuitive knowledge from the ocean and I can speak to dogs.

Kellee

 Assistant manager

 

Hi, I'm Kellee!  A lover of this earth and all it's inhabitants.  I enjoy singing, eating, and binge watching Doctor Who for the 7th time.  I have been told that I am the songbird of my generation, that my voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.  I hope to run a vegan restaurant myself when I grow up. One day I hope to be rich and famous so I can hire Megumi as my personal chef.

 

Claudia

Kitchen

 

I enjoy living a cruelty free lifestyle, nourishing my body with healthy food and protecting the environment, that is why I chose to be a vegan.

After watching some vegan documentaries, I realized it was the right thing to do for my health, for the animals, and for the environment. Working at Vegan Hills gave me the opportunity to practice what I believe and to meet wonderful people while serving nourishing food to people..

Kristin

Server

 

Aloha! My name is Kristin. I am originally from the Bay Area, California; however moved to Oahu to attend UH Manoa. I am currently a junior and getting my BS in natural resources and environmental management. Environmental conservation and sustainability are my passions and the areas that I hope to be involved in after I graduate! I enjoy hiking, traveling, hammocking, vegan donuts, and going to the beach!

 

Miranda

Server

 

"Aloha my name is Miranda! Originally from Colorado, I moved to Hawaii for school. I am completing my bachelors in social work and minor in women's studies. About 2 years ago I became aware of the unsustainable impacts my eating habits were having on the environment and on other defenseless life. I began removing all animal products and opting for as many local, environmentally friendly products as possible, creating a new lifestyle full of intentional habits. We are all changemakers! We can create a harmonious world. Now as a vegan, ecofeminist, and social justice advocate leading by example is how I embody my conviction and set change in motion every, single, day. Every day is a new day that we can do our best to prevent suffering: of ourselves, of others, of animals and of the environment! Eating can be compassionate, empathetic, and wholesomely nutritious in every way! It can be as simple as choosing to embrace one plant-based meal a day. (Even dessert!) I love everything on our menu, it's simply a matter of what I'm in the mood for. A couple of my favorites are the Satori and Red Hot Chili Bowl with an extra scoop of cashew cream (: A beautiful future is ahead. Come join us and see (:"

 

Karina

Server

 

My name is Karina, I moved from California out of no where and landed on this beautiful island of Oahu about a year and a half ago . I was raised in Connecticut with Colombian parents so it was a little hard trying to be vegan living at home. I have now freshly started my new vegan journey about 9 months ago and it has been amazing and way easier than when I first tried about 5 years ago. Vegan hills has also changed my life and made me a way happier vegan . My favorite dish at Vegan Hills is the Nirvana bowl! It’s full of protein and a whole bunch of goodness for the body and soul.

Mahalo, can’t wait to meet you all in our new beautiful renovated restaurant.

 

Jerika

Server

 

I was born and raised on O'ahu and have preferred a vegetarian diet for most my life. Naturally, as veganism became more popular, I further educated myself on the realities of the meat, egg, and dairy industries and the impact they have on our environment. It was a no brainer for me, and I have been following a vegan lifestyle for 2 years now. I am so grateful to have found Vegan Hills, it is not only a workplace, but a community of like-minded people. It's an honor to be a part of the Vegan Hills Ohana, we love nourishing you and your loved ones with plant-based deliciousness!

 

 

Melia

Server

 

Hello!

My name is Melia Makanalani Kim and my mission in my vegan journey is to spread love, compassion, light and awareness through educating others about the vegan lifestyle. Being raised Hawaii, I learned from a young age that compassion is a vital part of our culture and keeping our community alive so applying this to my everyday life is something also very important to me.

 

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