Aiona and his culinary talent has been recently brought to the limelight by joining the cast of Season 8 Food Network Star as a Finalist on Team Giada. Ippy was the youngest person to have been featured on the show.
Upon his return from NYC and the production of Food Network Star, In , Ippy was recognized by Forbes as one of 2012’s ‘Best 30 Under 30’. Currently, Aiona is set to make waves on the Big Island with his new Gastropub in the Waikoloa Resort area. His menu and creative vision for this space is one that will invigorate and inspire the Hawaiian Foodie culture and visitors to come. Aiona creates whimsical plates, meant for sharing and utilizing Fresh Pacific ingredients married into his style of New European cuisine.