Hilo Bay Cafe started in 2003 by a small group of dedicated food lovers. For 10 years, the 70-seat restaurant flourished against odds in a small central Hilo strip mall location. From the start, it was well loved by locals and visitors alike, serving seasonal and organic food and wines with a fun and comfortable "come as you are" attitude.
True to its name, Hilo Bay Cafe moved to a bigger, brighter location on the shores of beautiful Hilo Bay in October 2013. Here, familiar faces and new fans mingle. Diners enjoy contemporary, locally inspired dishes, artisan sushi, and they still love the wine, but the craft beer and cocktails now fly out the door into the hands of happy customers sitting on the lanai.
KIM | Owner and General ManagerSo much good has come out of being the owner and general manager of Hilo Bay Cafe. Every day that the restaurant is open, Hilo Bay Cafe feeds its favorite regulars, special occasion guests, and many visitors to the Big Island - and they leave smiling! “We don’t cut corners – anytime, anywhere,” says Kim Snuggerud. “I need to sleep at night. We succeed because we have great customers and a great staff.” An amazing staff, really! One crew member put it best, “HBC has heart.”
Kate | Executive ChefKitchen "mom" and mentor Kate Chadwick works with our kitchen crew to bring together the bounty of fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients available to us here in a unique and delicious fusion. Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, Kate has lived and worked across the US as well as in Israel and Japan. The multitude of regional fares in her repertoire is evident in her own “world table” style, aptly suited to our contemporary cuisine at HBC. She brings extensive experience and works to bring out the best in each of our back of house staff, allowing their individual strengths and ideas to shine, and helping to move us all forward.
ADRIAN | Kitchen ManagerHilo Bay Cafe utilizes a distributed model, sharing the work among many. Assisting Kate in maintaining our back-of-house operations is Adrian Wagner, Kitchen Manager. He is squared up, positive, and friendly – our Eagle Scout and cheerleader.
ROY | Master Sushi ChefRoy! He’s a Hilo Town favorite and has been for many years. Chef Roy Kaneko learned his craft from a female master Japanese chef at a time when she had to be disguised as a man in order to be accepted in her profession. Thankfully, times have changed! Hilo Bay Cafe offers time-honored sushi as well as innovative, new twists with unique ingredients, preparations, and serving methods. The sushi staff is constantly moving the conversation forward. If you are new to sushi and don’t especially like the idea of raw fish, Chef Roy recommends vegetable sushi or sushi with cooked ingredients. There’s sushi for every palate and diet at Hilo Bay Cafe!
TANTRA | Dining Room ManagerWith six years at HBC under her skilled belt, Tantra Bates has long been an asset to our crew. Tantra is a long-time veteran of the industry, as evidenced by her wealth of wisdom and capability. She now brings her highly efficient, polished, and reasonable manner to leading our front of house staff. Looking for what needs to be done, or what can be improved, she jumps in to support with a smile - and a quick wit! Hilo Bay Cafe has been fortunate to have fantastic leaders at the helm of our front of house, and Tantra is no exception. We look forward to the positive growth that her insightful leadership will undoubtedly foster. How was your dining experience at HBC?
Tantra wants to know: email@example.com
ANNA | Assistant Dining Room ManagerAnna Brown is Dining Room Manager Tantra's partner in all things front of the house. A people-oriented lover of good food and good drink, she enjoys working with the whole crew to help Hilo Bay Cafe be the best it can be. Anna brings her own blend of spirited enthusiasm and forward-thinking curiosity to this position and is always eager to help wherever she can. She also keeps us looking good, managing our website and social media. Notice something amiss with our online presence? Have an idea for HBC?
Tell Anna all about it: firstname.lastname@example.org
NOE | Events CoordinatorNoe Martin has been with Hilo Bay Cafe since the beginning, promoted from host to server, and then from supervisor to manager and event coordinator. She's now focusing on developing our events program, although you can occasionally still catch her showcasing her fabulous mixologist skills behind the bar and taking impeccable care of our guests on the floor. She's had many roles at HBC over the years, and she's filled them all so darn well! Her time in the trenches makes her a great problem solver, easily switching gears, shifting deftly, always smiling, and making things work. Have an event you'd like to hold at HBC? Let Noe take care of it!
For event inquiries, drop her a line: email@example.com