KCC breaks ground on new food school

kapiolani-culinary-institute-groundbreakingGround-breaking ceremonies were held Tuesday for Kapiolani Community College’s Culinary Institute of the Pacific, which will be located on the slopes of Diamond Head  at  former site of the Cannon Club.

The $25-million first phase of the advanced culinary facility includes two single story laboratory buildings, outdoor cooking area, landscaping, the first of two parking lots and all the offsite utility infrastructure for the entire project. Future phases of the project will include an administration/faculty building, auditorium, classrooms, advanced patisserie and confisserie laboratories and a teaching restaurant.

“The Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head will be the epicenter for culinary innovation and education in Hawai‘i,” said UH President David Lassner.

Vice President for Community Colleges John Morton also praised the project. “It has taken many hands to reach this point of groundbreaking for the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head. When finished, the new site facilities will make it possible for chefs to continue their culinary and management education here at home and also help to make Hawai‘i a destination for other culinary students from the mainland and Asia,” said Morton.

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