It happens to us all: We bite off more than we can chew or slowly accumulate more on our plate than we can handle.

Need someone who can step in for a few hours, a couple days, a week now and then, or a month or two to lend a hand in coordinating your marketing efforts, help refresh your brand, or organize and execute that project you’ve been meaning to get to—a book, a new branch, an event? Perhaps you want to take your business to a new level with some publicity efforts, but you don’t have the time to devote to planning it out. Maybe you just have some administrative tasks that aren’t your cup of tea.

Let me help. Put it on MY plate.

About Me:

Dawn Sakamoto Paiva

photo by Rae Huo

I have twenty years of experience in the book and magazine publishing industries, primarily in customer sales, marketing, publicity and project management. I have worked on numerous award-winning cookbooks with prominent local chefs and have a passion for food and drink—for this reason, Put It On My Plate specializes in assisting chefs, restaurants, bars and food-related businesses.

I was born and raised in Windward O‘ahu and attended a liberal arts college in Ohio where I received my degree in English. Eager to return home to Hawai‘i, I finished in three years (sorry, Ohio, it wasn’t you, it was me…but no, it really was you) with Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors.

My blog, Sugar + Shake, where I chronicle my adventures in food, drink and sometimes travel, was named the Best Hawai‘i Features Blog in its first year online by the Hawai‘i Society of Professional Journalists.

In 2019, I collaborated with writer Adrienne Robillard on The ‘Ohana Grill Cookbook (Ulysses Press, 2020). I styled and photographed the entire book, as well as provided a few of the recipes. 

View my complete resumé on LinkedIn.

Awards & Affiliations:

  • 2012 Excellence in Journalism Award, Best Hawai‘i Features Blogger, Society of Professional Journalists, Hawai‘i Chapter for Sugar + Shake blog
  • 2014 Hawaii Book Publishers Association, Ka Palapala Po‘okela Award of Excellence (highest honor) in Cookbooks for From Kau Kau to Cuisine (Watermark Publishing), as co-photographer