Chef Leanne Kamekona

Executive Chef at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa

A native of Hawaii’s Big Island, Leanne Kamekona is an American Chefs Association certified executive chef and a graduate of the University of Hawaii. Her impressive career spans more than 20 years with luxury resorts and hotels.

Chef Kamekona first became captivated by working with food while employed in a family-owned grocery store on the Big Island of Hawaii. Today, she is executive chef at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa.

Kamekona brings an instinctive culinary talent to her role as executive chef at this AAA Four Diamond resort in Rancho Mirage, where she oversees an array of restaurants from casual to fine dining, including Waters Café, Grand Palms Buffet, Poker Deli, and the resort’s award-winning The Steakhouse, honored with Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence since 2007.

“The Hawaiian way of life continues to infuse the menus I develop with unique culinary experiences while incorporating the flavors that are distinctive to our Southern California location in Rancho Mirage,” Kamekona says. “I enjoy working with growers and purveyors to bring the freshest ingredients to the table for our guests to enjoy at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa.”