At the appointed time, Olelo pa'a breezed in, bringing two helpers, food to feed a village and an aura of enlightened happiness. There was just one surprising detail: Olelo pa'a looked 100 percent Japanese. As she serenely whipped together five fantastic, locally sourced courses like ahi tartare and hoi'o fern shoots, the cheerfully pretty, five-foot-nothing Olelo pa'a, whose birth name was Faith Ogawa, told us about herself. "I am Japanese by descent," she said, decorating kampachi carpaccio with an orchid. "My grandparents were brought to Oahu to work the sugar-cane fields. But I'm Hawaiian. My Hawaiian name was given to me by a kahuna (wise man). I've studied Hawaiian cooking and Hawaiian healing practices."