Students are a great reason to support Restaurant Week Hawai`i and the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head
The Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head will be a state-of-the art, environmentally sustainable culinary campus that will include a signature restaurant open to the public, competition kitchen, demonstration theater, advanced Asian culinary lab, a patisserie classroom, imu pit and theme garden plots.
The institute will benefit students in Hawai`i who wish to hone their culinary skills and receive training in restaurant and business management. Graduates of the intensive four-year program will have a ripple effect on Hawai`i's economy, making a difference in the culinary industry and sharing their passion globally. The Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head will help set the foundation for future generations of world-class chefs from Hawai`i.
"With our permits in hand and with support from the Hawai‘i State Legislature and the U.S. Department of Commerce, we are ready to begin groundbreaking on the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head. This new facility will provide exciting advanced training opportunities in culinary arts, including a baccalaureate degree, right here in Hawai‘i"
John Morton, Vice President for Community Colleges, University of Hawai`i
"The restaurant industry is evolving rapidly around the world so it’s important that Hawai‘i students like me receive the best education possible to meet the demands of more sophisticated diners and an increasingly complex industry."
Keith Ito, 2012 Graduate, Kapiolani Community College
"I am excited by the possibility of a multi-cultural learning environment with students and teachers from across our state, the mainland and the Asia-Pacific region. This will broaden our perspectives and enable us to compete on a global scale."
Leann Krickler, 2nd Semester Student, Maui College
"Completing my training at LCC and having the opportunity to gain an advanced degree right here in Hawai‘i through the new CIP-DH makes it affordable and will prepare me for higher level jobs down the line, maybe even owning my own business one day."
Pania Kalania, 2nd Year Student, Leeward Community College
"As someone who learned a lot from the program, I feel prepared for the industry. I was able to enter an internship at the prestigious French Laundry restaurant in Napa Valley, California, and also enroll in a wine course at the Culinary Institute of America. I am very excited that KCC is expanding its program to a Baccalaureate degree in Culinary Arts. Because of the amazing classes they will offer, I am seriously considering coming back to complete my B.A.S. in Culinary Arts!"
Adina Guest, Graduate, Kapiolani Community College
"I have learned a lot at the Culinary Arts Program at Leeward Community College and discovered that a career in the food service industry is really what I want to do. I'd also like the chance to go further at the CIP so I can learn even more and advance in the industry."
Isaiah Badua, Graduate, Leeward Community College
"The Maui Culinary Academy has provided me with a tremendous base to build my culinary career. In turn, I am excited about the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head because it will offer the necessary next step in my goal to become a Chef. Hawaii's culinary industry is growing in its sophistication, and having an advanced culinary school on Oahu will be a boon not only for our local students but for those across the Asia-Pacific region, the mainland USA and elsewhere, studying together for an international workplace."
Ken Molina, 2nd year student, Maui Culinary Academy