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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should you invest in the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head?
We are asking prospective donors to make a leadership investment in building future culinary talents in Asian, Pacific and Hawaiian cuisine.

By building a state-of-the-art facility and creating innovative programs, we will be in a position to support the future economic and educational goals of our state. We strongly believe that our relationship with the tourism, business and educational sectors will grow stronger; and together, we can develop a highly-skilled quality workforce while enhancing the unique culinary experiences Hawai'i has to offer.

Our overarching goal is to brand the Culinary Institute of the Pacific as a world-class facility and program for advanced culinary training. A highly successful program will not only benefit Hawai'i's economy and the visitor industry but will change lives and build satisfying careers for thousands of students and professionals who come to train at our facility.

What is the purpose and mission of the Culinary Institute of the Pacific?
The Culinary Institute of the Pacific is Hawai'i's premiere advanced culinary training institute. It offers distinct educational expertise in Asian, Pacific and Hawaiian cuisine through its training programs.

The mission of the Culinary Institute of the Pacific is to offer Hawai'i and the global community opportunities in career, technical, and cultural education/training in culinary management.

What is the Culinary Institute of the Pacific (CIP)?
The Culinary Institute of the Pacific is a statewide array of culinary arts programs offered at the University of Hawai'i community colleges.

The Culinary Institute of the Pacific builds on the existing CIP program at Kapi'olani Community College by creating a comprehensive curriculum in Asian, Pacific and Hawai'i regional cooking. Currently, the CIP program at Kapi'olani Community College is recognized as one of the best culinary-training programs in the country. It was established more than 40 years ago, and counts celebrated chefs such as Sam Choy, Alan Wong and Russell Siu among its alumni.

This new venture offers an Advanced Professional Certificate, and a four-year Baccalaureate of Applied Science degree, in addition to continuing education training.

The Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head is expected to educate approximately 500 undergraduate, professional and continuing education students each year.

The new state-of-the-art facility will include a signature restaurant, private dining rooms, pastry and culinary classrooms and laboratories. The Institute will also potentially feature a competition/demo amphitheatre, multi-purpose training rooms, cultural garden and outdoor lecture area.

Why is this project important to Hawai'i?
The advanced Culinary Institute of the Pacific seeks to preserve, promote and showcase the natural, intellectual, cultural, and ethnic resources of our island communities.

Culinary talents such as Roy Yamaguchi, Sam Choy and Alan Wong have distinctive styles that originate from the rich, culturally diverse food traditions practiced in Hawai'i. We believe that the time has come to take the next step in building an advanced culinary institute in Hawai'i that celebrates Asian, Pacific, and Hawaiian cuisine for the world.

With the unprecedented growth and strength of our tourism industry we feel that this is the right time to establish an advanced Culinary Institute of the Pacific. The synergies created by corporate-university partnerships will further enhance Hawai'i's position as a worldwide leader and innovator in tourism and culinary management

What will the Culinary Institute of the Pacific do for Hawai'i?
The new program will help keep talented future chefs in Hawai'i. In addition, it will attract students from around the world to come to Hawai'i for training in culinary arts; thus, promoting the culinary arts in the state's visitor industry, which is the state's primary economic engine.

How is the Culinary Institute of the Pacific related to the other culinary programs?
The statewide system of seven University of Hawai'i community colleges offer culinary programs, each with individual mission based on industry and community needs. Each Culinary Institute of the Pacific program offers certificates and degrees for basic culinary training.

Where will the new program be located?
The new culinary center will be on the slopes of Diamond Head, close to Waikīkī. It will be located on the site of the former Cannon Club and is an integral component of the Diamond Head State Monument master plan. The facility will be approximately 40,000 square feet and conform to the Diamond Head State Monument master plan, as well as the original footprint of the former Cannon Club facility.

What energy efficient measures will be utilized?
The Institute goal is to have a silver LEEDS rating (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design Standard).

Will it be open to the public?
Yes, the restaurant facility will be open to the public for lunch and dinner as well as special student projects/classes and guest chefs presentations.

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