Hawaii's Share Your Table

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About Share Your Table

SHARE YOUR TABLE is an intimate gathering place for food aficionados of all levels – an open “table” that’s as much about celebrating the rich diversity of traditions as it is about pleasing the palate.  Guided by the culinary lens of people who are passionate about food, SYT endeavors to be a delicious place of inspiration for both the enthusiastic home cook and for those who just love to eat. By sharing what we eat, how we eat, and where we eat, SYT hopes to foster a deeper appreciation and understanding of the diverse communities and lifestyles that make our Islands so wonderful.

SYT is a production of First Daughter MediaWorks, Inc., the creators of numerous award winning culinary television series, including The Kitchen Sessions with Charlie Trotter and Hawaii Cooks with Roy Yamaguchi.

We are a multiplatform endeavor with partnerships with Oceanic Time Warner Cable and The Honolulu Advertiser.



Melanie H. Kosaka

Creator and co-founder
Melanie Kosaka is the owner and founder of First Daughter Mediaworks, Inc. a company specializing in culinary television production and interactive media.  Her credits include the James Beard award winning series, The Kitchen Sessions with Charlie Trotter, Hawaii Cooks with Roy Yamaguchi, which has been distributed in 66 countries, New American Cuisine featuring star chefs from around the United States, and GetHealthyNowHawaii.com an online based educational product. FDM has produced over 500 hours of cooking and lifestyle programming for national and international distribution.


Tony Tung

Creative Director and co-founder
Tony Tung has spent more than a decade in the areas of web content and interactive media, including the role of director for a children’s reading software and animation program and president of Mutation Labs, Inc. studio. He has worked with Nickelodeon, Walt Disney, New York Times Digital, and Scholastic, and was recently a Senior Producer for Disney Channel’s iTV product at Disney ABC Cable Networks.

Mari Taketa

Managing Editor
After starting her career at the Japan Times and Associated Press in Tokyo, she came home to Honolulu and ran Hawaii Business magazine as its editor. A breather in Vietnam turned into four years, during which she helped American families adopting children from Vietnamese orphanages.  Now she works almost exclusively as an editor and content consultant for websites, in between customizing foodie trips to Asia for hungry friends.

Robert A. Bates

Director of Online and Broadcast Media Production
An award winning documentary director and producer, he is currently writing and directing Ingredients, a film about the local and seasonal food movement in Oregon.  In addition to his documentary work, Robert Bates continues to direct and edit commercials.

Wanda Adams

Origins, Editor
Wanda Adams is the Honolulu Advertiser assistant features editor and has been a newspaper journalist for more than 30 years, focusing on food for much of that time. She is the author of several cookbooks, The Island Plate:150 Years of Recipes and Food Lore from The Honolulu Advertiser and Entertaining Island-Style." Her particular love is food history and is now embarking on a book about Island Portuguese and their foodways.

Joan Namkoong

How to 101, Editor
Joan Namkoong is a foodie and free lance food writer. Born and raised in Hawaii, she has been writing about the Hawaii food scene for over a dozen years and has been instrumental in the growth of farmers markets on Oahu and Hawaii Island. She is the author of several books including Family Traditions in Hawaii, Go Home, Cook Rice, and most recently, Food Lover’s Guide to Honolulu.

Martha Cheng

Martha Cheng is a freelance food writer. She first discovered food’s ability to unite as a volunteer in the Peace Corps. Since then, numerous meals, travels and a few years as a professional cook have exposed her to all facets of food: from farm to kitchen to politics,
and most pleasurably, to plate.

Brendan Cleaves

Born and raised in the U.K., Brendan Cleaves graduated from the University of Lincoln. After shooting music videos in London and Florida, he moved to Hawaii where Robert Bates introduced him to capturing the spirit of food on film. An avid drummer and surfer, he continues to pursue his passion for creation and invention via his video work.



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