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Cooking Classes for Summer – Culinary Institute of the Pacific-Diamond Head.

Personal enrichment cooking classes will run May through August at the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head. Learn secret tips and special techniques preparing your local favorite dishes or specialty baking with Chef Grant Sato and Chef Chad Nakamura. Ingredients, recipes, and tasting samples included, as well as generous takeaway containers of your creations.

Upcoming classes:
May 18: Local Dumplings: Wait list only, class is full.
May 21, Sat: Fundamentals of pie making
May 27, Fri: Cooking Local Favorites, Korean
May 28, Sat: Fundamentals of Cookie Making
Jun 3, Fri: Cooking Local Thai Favorites: 1 seat left
Jun 10, Fri from 12- 4 or Jun 13, Mon from 5-9 pm: Cooking Local Okinawan Favorites – Popular!
Jun 17 or 18, Fri or Sat: Cooking Local Easy Sushi Filling up fast!

July and August schedule will be posted soon.

Contact or, or call 808.734.9211 to register.

Cooking Local Favorites – Japanese, Part 1, with Chef Grant Sato! April 15 and April 16

Please share with your friends and family – Chef Grant Sato!
Back by popular demand, Chef Grant will kickoff his culinary series where you can make and take home:
Nishime, Shirae, and Karaage

April 15 (Good Friday), 12-4 pm at Culinary Institute of the Pacific
April 16 (Saturday), 12-4 pm, TBD


Please register through the Continuing Education registration link or by calling 808.734.9211

The series for the summer will be posted soon!

Congratulations to Andrew Akana!

Andrew Akana, Emergency Medical Services Instructor, was nominated and selected as the 2019 Hawaii Association for Career and Technical Education Postsecondary Teacher of the Year!

From Dept Chair Jeff Zuckernick:
“We all know why he was nominated and selected. If you have ever observed him in the classroom you would see he is a truly talented and committed instructor. Furthermore, he goes well beyond what is expected of him outside of the class with respect to service to the college and community. He is also very well respected by his students and EMS stakeholders.”

Candidates will be evaluated on the following criteria:
a) Contributions to student success
b) Innovations in CTE
c) Leadership in the local or greater CTE community

Congratulations Andrew! Well deserved!

Congrats to Alejandro Salinas-Nakanishi

Congratulations to our most recent hire, English instructor Alex Salinas-Nakanishi, who was selected as the winner of the 2017 Florida Campus Compact Award in the Engaged Scholarship Faculty Award Sector. Alex comes to us from Miami Dade college and started with KCC last month!

Engaged Scholarship Faculty Award Winner
• Alejandro Salinas, Ph.D., Miami Dade College (Florida College System)

New Commissioner, Sally Pestana!

Congratulations to Sally Pestana, who has been elected to a 3-year term as a new Commissioner for our college accreditor, ACCJC (Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges). Her term starts November 1. She will be one of nineteen commissioners that serve our region that includes California, Hawaii and the Pacific. Congratulations Sally!

Department Chair/Unit Head evaluations open now

The annual DC/Unit Head evaluation survey will run from April 5 to April 21.

Each Dept Chair/Unit head should have forwarded to department members, a URL that links to your DC/Unit head evaluation.

Access to the surveys will end at 4:30 pm on April 21.

Results will be sent directly to the D.C./Unit head who should meet with their program administrator to discuss the results.

Mahalo to Shaun Kiyabu and Kelsey Inouye from OFIE for their support!