Starwood Hawaii’s Sapporo Snow Festival Team Earns 4th Place Honor

February 8, 2016

In partnership with Hawaiian Airlines, Starwood Hotels in Hawaii was proud to once again send a culinary team to the Sapporo Snow Festival to participate in their ice carving competition.

Congratulations to Team Hawaii who earned 4th place in this year’s Sapporo Snow Festival contest:

Dale Radomski, Head Garde Manger from The Royal Hawaiian, Norimitsu Wada-Goode, from The Royal Hawaiian, and Chef Charlie Matsuda.

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For seven days every February, Sapporo on the island of Hokkaido in Japan, is turned into a winter dreamland of crystal-like ice and white snow.

The Sapporo Snow Festival, one of Japan’s largest winter events attracts nearly two million visitors who come to see the many snow and ice sculptures along Odori Park and the main street in Susukino.

They include an array of intricate ice carvings as well as massive snow sculptures that are bigger than some of the city buildings.

Snow sculptures were carved from snow brought down from the mountains surrounding the city.

This is Starwood Hawaii Culinary Team’s 15th appearance at the Festival.

In 2012 they won the Judges Award. This year, they carved a 3-D Fire Sculpture.

The sculptures were carved with special tools and they are not allowed to use power tools.

The Starwood Team’s participation in this event includes many promotional appearances leading up to and during the festival.

This year, our team also partnered with Make a Wish Hawaii to help grant local wish child, Julie, 14 years old with a chronic heart condition, with her wish to see snow and attend the Sapporo Snow Festival.

This past December, on National Believe Day at Macy’s Ala Moana, Hawaiian Air presented Julie and her family with a trip to the snow festival.

Dale and his Team have made Julie an honorary member.

Dale and Norimitsu departed from The Royal Hawaiian on Thursday, January 28 at 8:15 am.

Here are photos from the event:

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