Maelani, who goes by Mae to friends and family, has been part of the BASALT culinary team since its opening in 2017. Her style of cooking is Hawaii Regional Cuisine, and it was her grandfather Mario Cordero, Sr. who inspired her to become a chef. Mae has a long history with BASALT’s Executive Chef Keith Steel Kong, who was her mentor at Duke’s Waikiki for more than ten years. Today, as one of his sous-chefs, Mae assists with developing the breakfast, brunch, and lunch menus. She is the creative source behind BASALT’s signature Charcoal Pancakes, which are the number one breakfast item requested by visitors and residents, in addition to being the most photographed BASALT dish on social media. As a result of this success, Mae creates a special holiday pancake for guests and their children to enjoy each Halloween, Christmas, and Easter. She is also the creative culinary force behind the restaurant’s Prime Moco and French Toast. Prior to joining the BASALT team, Mae was a sous-chef at Hula Grill in Waikiki. She currently lives in Honolulu with her fiancée, Christopher H. Aoki.