Kai grew up in Davis, California, where he realized his true passion: eating. This eventually led him to attend the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. He then moved to the Big Island of Hawaii, started working for the Hilton Waikoloa Village, and met his wife and co-chef owner, Suji.
Suji is a native from the bustling port city of Busan, South Korea, raised in a restaurant family, where she spent much of her youth in the kitchen, learning to cook from her mother. She attended Kyungnam College in Busan where she obtained her Certificate of Professional Korean Cooking along with her degree in Culinary Arts.
In 2019, they started Kuji together, realizing their dreams of sharing their interpretation of classic dishes from both Hawaii and Korea.