Chef & Staff
Lance Kosaka – Executive Chef
Lance fell in love with food well before he pursued it as a profession. He was lured into the culinary world while growing up in Honolulu attending social gatherings where food brought his friends and family closer together.
Those fond memories shaped him into the Executive Chef he is today. Chef Lance enjoys sharing his award-winning Hawaii Regional Cuisine (HRC) with the world. He is committed to working with farmers throughout the 50th state to seek out the freshest ingredients and to give guests a truly unique dining experience in the heart of Waikiki. He infuses as much locally-grown produce and livestock as possible to create dishes just as memorable as the breathtaking views from SKY Waikiki.
For more than two decades, Chef Lance steadily worked his way through the culinary ranks, starting out as a dishwasher and now overseeing a culinary team at both SKY Waikiki and the Top of Waikiki. He spent 17 years at one of the most recognizable names in HRC – Alan Wong’s Restaurants. Chef Lance previously served as Executive Chef at the Pineapple Room at Ala Moana Center and Café Julia in Downtown Honolulu.
Jen Ackrill – Director of Mixology
With a career in mixology spanning more than 17 years, Jen Ackrill honed her craft with tenures at the helm of some of San Francisco’s premier watering holes, including Blowfish Sushi, Fuse, and Rye—one of San Francisco’s original craft cocktail bars. Fervent about her art, she traveled extensively throughout Europe to further expand her knowledge and skill set, finally relocating to Honolulu in August 2014 to create the beverage program for SKY Waikiki. During a time when the popularity of cocktail culture is growing in Honolulu, Jen has the ingredients—education, expertise, and enthusiasm—to create a signature cocktail program for this one-of-a-kind rooftop restaurant, lounge and nightclub, while incorporating the elements that both travelers and locals love about Waikiki.