learn more about each of our residences

Image 56a5160c0d61d7a5 lg
Image 5088618fd4963c87 lg
Image a0e75efae840835c lg
Image b950c8092636d1e1 lg
Image 3fcad3d7443a6097 lg

Photo 1 of 5

Photo 2 of 5

Photo 3 of 5

Photo 4 of 5

Photo 5 of 5

Sep 15, 2014

CookSpace Hawaii

Ward Village and CookSpace Hawaii Serves Up Workshops on Traditional Island Cooking

In the evening, when night has fallen at Ward Village, a light shines from within CookSpace Hawaii's large transparent windows, creating a frame of what's within: a small and intimate kitchen with bowls of produce and seasonings, neatly set communal tables with different colored chairs, and owner Melanie Kosaka conversing with her guests.

"The fun thing about CookSpace is that you get to showcase people that are meaningful to you," Kosaka says. CookSpace demonstrations have featured classes such as the Modern Mai Tai with paired pupus, run by long-time friend Chef Ronnie Nasuti of Tiki's Bar and Grill and Tiki Bar and Grill's mixologist Alejandro Alvarado, and private classes on how to make hearty meals such as braised short ribs with Chef Jason Peel.

Kosaka has brought in chefs from the MW Restaurant, Sheraton Waikiki, and Vintage Cave, to name a few. She greets everyone with open arms and a warm smile, remembering the names of all her regulars and spotting and guessing—correctly—who's new. Soon, the room is filled with chatter of family and friends, foodies, and professional culinary artists awaiting the night's event. Some have been regulars since Kosaka first opened CookSpace in 2013 with partner Jason Kim, and others are new, checking out the place after hearing about it through word of mouth.

Ward Village and CookSpace Invite Beginners and Culinary Experts to Participate in Cooking Classes

"We're in a digital world where we lack hands-on experiences," says Kosaka, "so I wanted to do something that was a hands-on, interactive experience around food." CookSpace is a project she pursued after 20 years working in digital media, producing national and international public television culinary shows including Hawaii Cooks with Roy Yamaguchi and James Beard-award-winning The Kitchen Sessions with Charlie Trotter.

Food is something that we all share and can engage on whether we just like to eat or we're an avid cook. … Especially in Hawaii, it's in our DNA to share and gather around food, so it's nice to be able to do something that ups the food literacy.

From food enthusiasts to amateurs and professionals, all are welcomed to sign up for a class or tasting, and Kosaka loves seeing her guests interact with each other throughout the evening, saying, "Sometimes people come in as strangers sitting down at a table, and then by two classes later, you see like they've been old friends."

CookSpace offers weekly classes and public and private cooking events. Visit cookspacehawaii.com for a schedule of classes or to learn more.

share this article

Receive the latest updates and let us help you find a new home at Ward Village

Schedule your private tour today
(808) 369-9600 or sales.info@wardvillage.com

*required fields

This is not intended to be an offer to sell in any jurisdiction where prohibited by law. Ward Village is a proposed master planned development in Honolulu, Hawaii that does not yet exist. Exclusive Project Broker Ward Village Properties, LLC. Copyright 2019. Equal Housing Opportunity. Exclusive Project Broker for Ke Kilohana - Locations LLC. Copyright 2019. Equal Housing Opportunity.

Notice to New York Residents - The developer of Ward Village and its principals are not incorporated in, located in, or resident in the state of New York. No offering is being made in or directed to any person or entity in the state of New York or to New York residents by or on behalf of the developer/offeror or anyone acting with the developer/offeror’s knowledge. No such offering, or purchase or sale of real estate by or to residents of the state of New York, shall take place until all registration and filing requirements under the Martin Act and the Attorney General’s regulations are complied with, a written exemption is obtained pursuant to an application is granted pursuant to and in accordance with Cooperative Policy Statements #1 or #7, or a “No-Action” request is granted.

Mahalo for registering your interest!

As a member of our interest list, we will send you the latest news and updates from Ward Village. We look forward to sharing more about our community with you.