Les Dames d'Escoffier • Hawaii Chapter


LDEI is a world-wide philanthropic society of professional women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage and hospitality.


The Hawaii Chapter was founded in 2000, and since that time has grown to become a highly-regarded asset to members, a frontrunner in chapter accomplishment within the organization, and a philanthropic leader in our community. 

Our membership of more than 80 women includes professional chefs, restaurateurs, caterers, farmers, food retailers, event planners, cookbook authors, food journalists and historians, wine industry professionals, food publicists, culinary educators and hospitality executives.

We encourage you to visit the other areas of our website to learn more about us!

Our Board

Co-President: Kathi Saks
Co-President: Holly Hadsell El Hajji
Vice President: Jan Yap
Treasurer: Kay Tokunaga
Secretary: Abigail Langlas
Director: Satomi Goo
Director: Jackie Lau
Director: Clare Bobo

Our Mission

LDEI is an invitational organization of women leaders in food, beverage and hospitality whose mission is education, scholarship and philanthropy.

Our Members
Share knowledge
Support fellow members
Provide leadership, educational opportunities and philanthropic events for the larger community

Chapter Purposes

To promote the understanding, appreciation, and knowledge of food, wine and other beverages, nutrition, the arts of the table and other fields as they relate to these disciplines.

To promote the highest standards in the preparation, supply, and service of food, wine and other beverages.

To work cooperatively with members by providing advice and assistance in all matters pertaining to the chosen disciplines.

To promote the education and advancement of and to offer advice and assistance to women in careers in the chosen disciplines.

To disseminate such information and advice as advances the purposes of the Chapter.


Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) is a worldwide organization of women dedicated to creating a culture in the community that fosters excellence and promotes the achievement of women in culinary professions through educational and charitable activities.

LDEI was founded in New York in 1976 by Carol Brock, a food reporter for the New York Daily News.  At the time there were few opportunities for women in the culinary arts and there were no prominent women chefs or sommeliers. Brock saw a need to create an organization of professional leading women in the industry who would serve as role models and mentors to others. From its inception, the organization has been a membership-by-invitation, philanthropic organization that has provided education, networking opportunities and scholarship support.

Overall, the organization has grown to more than 2,200 members in 37 chapters, with the newest chapters being chartered in Mexico and Des Moines, Iowa.

We remain dedicated in our support of women through scholarships, educational programs, externships and networking.

For more information about the Les Dames d'Escoffier International organization, visit www.ldei.org

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LDEI International

Learn more about Les Dames d'Escoffier International by visiting www.ldei.org.

Download our international brochure here.

Les Dames d'Escoffier: Past, Present, Future

A retrospective of Les Dames d'Escoffier International (LDEI) and an interview with founder Carol Brock.

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