Crowned Heads has announced that it has partnered with R. Field Wine Co. to bring the HGK-76 cigar to Hawaii as a state exclusive. The cigar pays tribute to and celebrates the life of local celebrity chef, Grant Kawasaki, who passed away earlier this year on July 25 at the age of 45. Grant was the host of the popular cooking series, “Hawaiian Grown Kitchen,” and this release is meant to celebrate his life and culinary career. Kawasaki was a self-described “culinary muse, cigar enthusiast, and whisky head.” He was committed to supporting the local community through the food service sector.

“Grant was one of the first people to befriend me in Hawaii back in 2015,” said Crowned Heads co-founder, Jon Huber. “I first met him at a cigar gathering at The Row Bar in Honolulu, and he was so kind, gracious, and generous; he brought me my first taste of poke which he’d made himself. Grant was an integral part of our annual Paniolo events there, where he’d MC the event. He was so genuinely funny and jovial, and he’d always interject his trademark pidgin slang which would always have the guests laughing. He was truly loved by the Hawaiian cigar community and he will be sorely missed.”

The HGK-76 was crafted in Grant’s favorite corona gorda vitola (5 5/8″ x 46) and is an intricate blend of filler tobaccos from Nicaragua, Mexico, and Brazil, with a Nicaraguan (Jalapa) binder, and finished with a Connecticut (Broadleaf) wrapper. A total of 250 (10-count) boxes were produced by Tabacalera Pichardo in Esteli, Nicaragua, home of Mil Dfas, Juarez, and CHC Serie E.

HGK-76 will have a suggested retail price of $11.50 per cigar, and will be available for purchase exclusively from R. Field Wine Co. beginning on December 2. A portion of the proceeds will be used to support a culinary scholarship in Grant’s name.

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