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Ferdinand “Freddie” Billena Named Executive Chef for
Kani Ka Pila Grille at Outrigger Reef on the Beach
in Waikiki, Hawaii

—Bill Comstock general manager of Outrigger Reef on the Beach , is proud to welcome Ferdinand “Freddie” Billena, as the new executive chef for Kani Ka Pila Grille, a pool-side casual restaurant offering breakfast, lunch, dinner, tropical drinks and top-notch nightly live entertainment by some of Hawaii’s most renowned artists.

Billena comes to Outrigger with years of culinary experience having served as executive chef at Mid-Pacific Country Club, where he was responsible for the day-to-day kitchen operations and creating and implementing special and new menu selections.

His previous work experience also includes Carval Catering, where he was in charge of production of over 3,000 lunches daily and also created nutritional menu options. Prior to that, he worked at Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki working his way up from a lead cook to sous chef, and later promoted to banquet chef, where he was responsible for creating menu selections and themes for the Prince Court Lunch Buffet.

He is joining the Outrigger ‘ohana from his most recent post at Service Systems Associates, the company in charge of providing concessions and catering at the Honolulu Zoo.

“We are very excited to welcome Freddie to Kani Ka Pila Grille,” said Bill Comstock, “We are looking forward to his fresh ideas and to see what type of culinary creativity a chef of his caliber can bring to the table.”

Billena is a graduate of Campbell High School and later attended Leeward Community College.

Kani Ka Pila means “let’s make music,” and at this pool-side restaurant at the Outrigger Reef on the Beach, music is served nightly from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The restaurant is open for casual island-style dining daily from 6:30 a.m. For more information or reservation, call 808-924-4992.

About Outrigger Reef on the Beach
The oceanfront anchor of the new Waikiki Beach Walk®, the Outrigger Reef on the Beach is ideally situated between beautiful Waikiki Beach and exciting Waikiki. The hotel recently completed a stunning $110 million makeover and has been transformed into Oahu’s newest haven of elegance, gracious hospitality and unparalleled commitment to Hawaiian culture. The property encompasses two towers with enlarged guest rooms and superbly appointed suites, beachfront restaurants, new shops, a day spa featuring specialty services and products by Aveda, and an array of services. The adjacent Waikiki Beach Walk® is Oahu’s spirited and stylish entertainment destination, home to shops, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and accommodations spanning a nearly eight-acre area in Waikiki.

About Outrigger Enterprises Group
Outrigger Enterprises Group is one of the largest and fastest growing privately-held leisure lodging and hospitality companies in the Asia Pacific and Oceania regions and continues to expand its presence throughout the area. A family-owned company with more than 60 years of hospitality experience, Outrigger runs a highly-successful, multi-branded line of hotels, condominiums and vacation resort properties, including Outrigger® Hotels & Resorts, OHANA® Hotels & Resorts, Outrigger Condominium Collection®, Embassy Suites®, Best Western® and Wyndham Vacation Ownership®. Currently, Outrigger operates and/or has under development 42 properties with close to 11,000 rooms located in Hawaii, Australia, Guam, Fiji, Bali, Phuket, Thailand, Vietnam, and China. Outrigger Enterprises Group also operates and develops hotel properties and hospitality-related retail and real estate opportunities for partners in Hawaii, the Pacific, the mainland USA and Asia. For on-line information, log on at and


Nancy Daniels, APR,
PR Director
Outrigger Enterprises Group
Phone: +1 808 921 6839

Kathy Hansberry
PR Coordinator
OutriggerEnterprises Group
Phone: 808-921-6897

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