Community

Our Ceramicists: Back Row – Ashley & Kenny; Front Row – Daniel, Daven & Jon

Community engagement is in our DNA.  In addition to adopting non profit organizations, Odori-ko is a place where local artists can feature their work, and our guests can enjoy their art while dining.

Artisans

Odori-ko patrons can take an active role in advancing the careers of talented, up-and-coming local artisans by enjoying their incredible work and purchasing their one-of-a-kind pieces.  Support the arts at Odori-ko.

Ashley Huang

Ashley Huang was born on Oahu and grew up with a love for the arts, which was instilled by her late father. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture with a focus in Ceramics from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. She is currently a ceramic studio assistant and instructor at the Honolulu Museum of Arts and Punahou School. Ashley combines natural aesthetics with personal narratives to create a subtle composition in her work.

Daniel Harano

Daniel Harano uses the beautiful islands of Hawai’i as inspiration to commingle the natural and mechanical world in his unique sculptures.  Drawing from the deep Pacific Ocean, the rugged tundras of Maunakea, and the lush green rainforests, Daniel is able to draw the viewer in and then pushes them outwards.  An instructor at Punahou School, Daniel helps his students find their own voice as an artist.

Daven Hee

Daven Hee is an internationally known potter and ceramicist who creates stunning yet playful pieces that bring life to the places they dwell. His work is exhibited nationally and internationally and can be found in the permanent collections of the National Institute for the Arts, Australian National University, the Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.   Currently he is an instructor of ceramics at Mid-Pacific Institute.  He also teaches at HMA School, the Hawai’i Potters Guild, and is a lecturer at the University of Hawai’i.

Jon Vongvichai

Jon Vongvichai’s exceptional ceramic pieces are often the outcome of the the clay ‘telling’ him what to create.  Whether intentional or spontaneous, his work couples design with function.  Jon is the ceramic program manager and educator at the Honolulu Museum of Art where he also teaches classes. During the summer he instructs and oversees the summer school program at his alma mater, Mid-Pacific institute, along with adult classes at the Hawaii Potter’s Guild.

Kenny Chen

Kenny Chen received his Studio Art degree from University of Hawai’i at Mānoa with a focus in Ceramics.  His work has been showcased locally. His passion lies in creating simple yet beautifully crafted functional ceramics.

Dessert Chef

Sweet Revenge

Kathy Masunaga of Sweet Revenge, is partnering with us to create some signature light and airy desserts to compliment your meal.  Kathy is an incredible baker who began cultivating her passion in the kitchen of a friend’s catering business.  With a lot of hard work and perseverance, Kathy opened her own business and shares her sweet and savory desserts across the island.

Non-Profit Partnerships

Since 1919, Junior Achievement has been inspiring and mentoring the next generation.  By training young people to generate and manage finances, motivated youth receive the resources and opportunities they need to reach their potential and eventually change the communities around them.

Using a sustainable social enterprise, Touch a Heart empowers the homeless and disadvantaged of Hawaii by training them in the foodservice industry.  Building confidence, knowledge, and relationships, Touch a Heart changes lives by giving their students the skills they need to succeed as they transition into the workforce.

The YWCA of O’ahu is the oldest and largest women’s membership organization in Hawai’i.  Focusing on empowering women and girls from all backgrounds, the YWCA helps them build better lives for themselves, their families and communities through economic advancement, leadership development, and health and wellness.