Originally from Portland, Oregon, Matthew Yoakum comes to Lava Lava Beach Club with 20+ years¹ experience in the hospitality industry. The bulk of his career was spent as a General Manager of The Cadillac Café, a very popular breakfast/lunch restaurant in Portland. Matt moved to Kauai as part of a life- long dream in 2011.He has a strong connection to the island through the music and love of the culture. Upon arrival Matt quickly immersed himself in the restaurant scene and gained a strong customer base.
His passion for service and dedication to the industry makes him a valuable part of the team. Matt enjoys spending time on the beach, listening to Hawaiian music, learning Hula and enjoying paradise to its fullest.
Jose Fuentes was born in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and grew up just outside Boston, MA. His father owned several restaurants starting his passion for hospitality at an early age. He received a business degree from the University of Massachusetts and began his career in New York City. Jose has opened restaurants all over the country including Los Angeles, Atlanta and Boston just to name a few. He has worked for restaurant companies including Rosa Mexicano, BRGuest, Legal Seafoods and proudly opened CBS Scene with the Kraft’s of the New England Patriots.
Recently married, his wife’s career brought them to Kauai and they fell in love with the island, knowing pretty quickly this is their new permanent home. On his days off Jose enjoys body surfing, riding motorcycles and just enjoying all that the Garden Island has to offer.
Ken Schloss, Director of Culinary and Corporate Chef
Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, Chef Ken brings nearly twenty years of experience to Lava Lava Beach Club. Born and raised in wine country, Chef Ken worked in Napa Valley for most of his career. He also took five years and explored the cuisine of the Caribbean, gathering new ideas of parallel tropical latitude culinary inspirations.
Chef Ken works directly with the sous chefs to create our menu items as well as work with our vendors to ensure our family of restaurants get the best possible products from local farmers and fishermen.