Culinary Institute of the Pacific

Building a World-Class Culinary Education

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

“Students will have access to affordable, world-class culinary training from top chef instructors from industry and internationally-renown guest chefs. This will give them a competitive advantage in their field.” —John Morton, vice president of UH Community Colleges

Culinary students from Hawaiʻi and around the world will soon be able to acquire a world-class advanced culinary education at the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head.

Plans to build this new facility are moving forward, thanks in part to the $5 million grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

Students at the advanced culinary institute will have the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Applied Science with a concentration in culinary management, preparing them for leadership roles in the culinary and hospitality industries. They may also obtain advanced professional certificates for training in Asian, Pacific and Hawaiian cuisine.

Working professionals will be able to take short term, continuing education courses to sharpen their culinary and business skills.

In addition to providing a first class educational experience for students and an economic boost for Hawaiʻi, the new advanced culinary facility offers additional benefits.

The community will enjoy a new 'gathering place' near Waikīkī that offers a unique dining experience and the project will serve as the cornerstone of Diamond Head revitalization and recapture the romance of the former Cannon Club.

The State of Hawaiʻi will benefit from a pipeline of qualified, educated workers for the restaurant and hospitality industries. This will positively impact our global competitiveness in the tourism industry and help make Hawaiʻi a culinary destination of distinction.

Extending an invitation to our community to participate in a project that will have a transformative effect on our students and the future of our state, the UH Foundation is using a portion of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation gift to match future contributions to this project.

For more information, please call Donna Vuchinich at (808) 956-3711 or email her at

For Our University, Our Hawai‘i, Our Future