Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Launches “Only at Hualalai” Exclusive Experience with Blacksmith Neil Kamimura

Published on : Thursday, June 24, 2021

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai announces the newest in its series of extraordinary, exclusive experiences created to provide once-in-a-lifetime, personalised journeys for guests of the Five-Star, Five-Diamond Resort. “Only at Hualalai” programs allow Four Seasons Resort Hualalai guests access to people and places throughout Hawaii Island, only accessible as a guest of the Resort.

Guests of Four Seasons Resort Hualalai are invited to book a private experience with Neil Kamimura, including a full day with him at his shop learning about the trade, Kamimura’s inspirational background and distinctive techniques. After an initial consultation, guests will journey to a secluded coffee farm on the hills of Hualalai where Kamimura forges his state-of-the-art specialty knives. Guests will assist Kamimura in creating a unique, personalised knife: forging, pounding, and adding a custom handle to complete the one-of-a-kind chef’s knife to use, or to treasure as a piece of art. The day includes a bento lunch by Kamimura’s wife, a gourmet chef by trade, featuring local ingredients and dishes. Upon returning to the Resort, guests will be presented with the finished product and take a knife skills class with one of Hualalai’s expert chefs.

Kamimura is a third generation blacksmith from Hilo, honouring the ancient craft passed down to him by his great grandfather. An electrician by trade, Kamimura turned to blacksmithing after the passing of his mother provided a refreshed inspiration to get back to his roots. Kamimura’s signature style utilises recycled metals from old cars and machinery for the blade, and unique natural elements including petrified wood, bone, and semi-precious stones for the handle. His knifes are distinctly unique, integrating various techniques to create patterns and colours within the metal.

For Kamimura, the making of a knife extends far beyond just the physical work. “Knifemaking is my passion, my therapy, and my life. I pour everything into my knives, they represent my home of Hawaii, my culture and the people who surround me.”

Kamimura’s blacksmith shop is located at an old coffee farm on the slopes of Hualalai mountain in Kona’s famed Holualoa coffee district. Acres of farmland and unobstructed views of the ocean serve as the picturesque backdrop for Kamimura’s work.

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