Kourtney Kunichika grew up in Southern California in a Japanese household with a heavy Hawaiian influence. The recipes on Islands' menu reflect the Hawaiian and Japanese comfort foods she grew up eating. Kourtney regularly craves these foods but can never find a place to fill that void. She was already working in the restaurant industry and decided she wanted to introduce the Hawaiian cuisine to Western New York. Some items on the menu are recipes from family members who are still with her and those who have passed. This is Kourtney's way of showing homage to those who have loved and supported her all her life while pursuing her passion for food.