Moumen El Hajji has over 30 years of experience in the catering and restaurant industry in Hawaii. He brings his world travels to the kitchen with inspiration coming from Italy, France, Malta, Peru, Turkey, and his birth-place Morocco. Using the incredible resources from Hawaii’s farms and the Pacific Ocean, along with exceptional epicurean specialties from around the world, he creates unique, beautiful, and modern cuisine. Moumen provides exquisite meals to the Private Aviation industry with his company Pacific Catering with clients ranging from Heads of States to celebrities who fly him around the world to fulfill their culinary needs. Moumen has recently set out on an all-new adventure with Pur Sina Hawaii at the John A. Burns School of Medicine.
Pur Sina, or Ibn Sina (meaning ‘son of Sina’), known in the West by his Latinized name Avicenna, was born in c. 980 in Bukhara and died in 1037 in Hamadan, both in Persia. Avicenna wrote a number of works, including The Book of Healing, a vast philosophical and scientific encyclopedia. However, in the West his fame is above all based on the Canon of Medicine. This vast tome, consisting of more than a million words, surveyed the entire field of medical knowledge from ancient times to the most up-to-date techniques. Its comprehensive and systematic approach meant that when it was translated into Latin in the 12th century it became the standard medical textbook for seven centuries throughout Europe. Sir William Osler described Avicenna as the ‘author of the most famous medical textbook ever written,’ noting that Avicenna’s Canon of Medicine remained ‘a medical bible for a longer time than any of work.’