Aloha, I'm Ippy
"We support Ippy, “Philip” Aiona for our District's County Council Seat. We need his positive energy, we know his family background and we feel he values our communities concerns. We believe his net working- life skills’ are needed to strengthen our communities ability to access our County government services. We are confident his leadership will continue our combined efforts to find new solutions to create a prosperous social economic recovery for our communities and a healthy environmentally safe future for all of us. Please Kokua (Help) we need your Vote. Mahalo a nui loa"
Photo: Former State Senator, Educator, Rancher and Farmer Malama Solomon,Ph.D, Hulali Solomon Covington M.Ed Highschool Teacher, Kumu Hula Loea (Hula Master) Beamer Solomon Halau O Po’ohala. Life long Kohala residents.
WHERE I COME FROM
Born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii to a native Hawaiian father and an Italian American mother, Ippy can actually trace his heritage to a chiefess on the Big Island as well as an Ellis Island immigrant. His father owned Waimea's first Hawaiian plate lunch restaurant "The Kamuela Deli" where Ippy spent most of his time after school learning the importance of hard work. His mother opened an Italian restaurant in Waimea called "Solimenes Italian Restaurant" giving Ippy the opportunity to grow up serving the community and getting to know them as more than just neighbors. After graduating from Hawaii Preparatory Academy Ippy attended the California Culinary Academy.
A THRIVING CAREER
After graduating from culinary school Ippy returned home to Hawaii in order to bring his newly acquired talents back to his island home. His first undertaking was a "Food Boutique and Espresso Bar" in Waimea in 2012. In 2013 he opened Ippy's Hawaiian BBQ in Waikoloa (currently still open) where he was able to cook the local plate lunch food that he grew up with at his father's restaurant. Later that year, Ippy opened a large gastropub called "The Three Fat Pigs" in the Waikoloa resort area. In 2014 he was placed onto the Forbes magazine's 30 under 30 list, a list comprised of 30 individuals under the age of 30 that are transforming the food and wine industry in America. In 2019 Ippy came full circle as he opened his second Ippy's Hawaiian BBQ location in Waimea, serving local food right down the road from where he grew up in his father's Hawaiian restaurant. Managing, delegating, organizing, careful financial planning, inspiring those around him, and leading by example are just a few of the many skills learned through owning and operating his restaurants. Ippy believes these skills will be essential to his community as a councilman. The unconditional love for where he comes from and the people of this community are what motivates him the most, and if elected as councilman he will be sure to be a voice for all the people.
A MESSAGE FROM IPPY
Let Our Voices Be Heard
"I am running for office to be a voice for the working men and women. Being part of this community and understanding the struggle of trying to survive in your own hometown is something I can relate to. I have worked extremely hard to open my restaurants and have been both successful and unsuccessful, happy and stressed. I have lived in this amazing district my whole life; I was raised by the people here and have a deep love and respect for them. What I want to do is be the voice for those who have not been heard for so long. To bridge the gap between the community and the county and start building more trust. It is time to create transparency in our leadership so that the people know that their voices are being represented."