Co-Founder & Executive Chef
Mark was born and raised in Mānoa Valley, O‘ahu. He spent his early twenties dancing hula with Hālau o Kekuhi under the tutelage of Nālani Kanaka`ole in Hilo. Mark credits hula’s strict regimen, strong attention to detail and deep sense of integrity with awakening his passion for a life of building community through food.
As a chef, Mark navigates Hawai`i through the lens of food, always with the intent to gather, connect and harmonize the communities he serves. At He‘eia Kea Pier General Store & Deli, his insistence on sourcing hyper-local ingredients garnered national acclaim. Through Taste Table, he helped revitalize the Kaka`ako food scene by providing a space for up-and-coming local chefs, many of whom are now nationally-renowned for their work. MISSION Social Hall & Cafe, Mark's most recent project, was published by Taste Talks as one of the six best museum cafes in North America.
In 2012, Mark and his wife Amanda Corby Noguchi started Pili Group, their life’s work. Pili is dedicated to creating a better world through food, education and community.
Despite the international acclaim his work has garnered, Mark’s focus remains being a dedicated husband, a father to his two daughters, and an exemplary leader to his team.