KIM | Owner and General Manager

So 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. “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.”

JOSHUA | Executive Chef

After a handful of years away, one of the original HBC visionaries and all-around creative chef, Joshua Ketner, leads our kitchen onward. Approachable, hands-on, and always one to maintain high standards, Josh brings tremendous good to our proverbial table. He believes in sourcing locally and nurturing positive relationships with our farmers, fishermen, and distributors.

KARLEE | Sous Chef

While Karlee crafts delicious savory dishes and sweet treats, she shares so much more with us, too. She has a positive attitude, gives constructive criticism when needed, and is always willing to help. She’s kind of our in-house therapist, listening to everyone and giving out solid, caring advice. Karlee brightens our kitchen with her warm and mindful presence.

ROY | Master Sushi Chef

Roy! 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! Truly a master of his craft, Roy honors the traditions of sushi while also lending his own local touch. 

TIFF | Sushi Bar Manager

With a can-do attitude and thoughtful spirit, Tiff approaches tasks with care and consideration. Guiding our sushi bar crew, she enriches creativity and strengthens communication while ensuring consistent quality. As another longtime part of HBC, Tiff ‘s mindfulness and warmth uplifts us all.

TANTRA | Dining Room Manager

With nine years at HBC under her skilled belt, Tantra Bates has long been an asset to our crew. Tantra is a veteran of the industry, as evidenced by her wealth of wisdom and capability. She 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!