Culinary Arts Program


Program Description

The Culinary Arts program is designed for students who are interested in becoming professional cooks, chefs, bakers, pastry chefs, institutional cooks, kitchen managers and those who intend to transfer to a four-year college. This program offers students the opportunity to apply and practice skills learned in all aspects of the culinary arts in a real world environment. Students who join the American Culinary Federation prior to successfully completing the A.S degree program requirement will be eligible for certification upon successful completion of their cumulative practical exam.

Degree and Certificate Programs

The Kapi‘olani Culinary Arts Program offers the following degrees and certificates:

  • Associate in Science, Culinary Arts with a Concentration in Culinary Arts (70-72 credits)
  • Associate in Science, Culinary Arts with a Concentration in Pastry Arts (65 credits)
  • Associate in Science, Culinary Arts with a Concentration in Institutional Food Service Management (63 credits)
  • Certificate of Achievement – Culinary Arts (45 credits)
  • Certificate of Competence – Culinary Arts (14 credits)
  • Advanced Professional Certificate – Culinary Arts (18 credits)
  • Certificate of Competence – Culinary Competition (10 credits)
  • Certificate of Competence – Dining Room Services (15 credits)
  • Certificate of Competence – Pastry Arts (19 credits)

These degrees and certificates differ in the numbers and types of courses required to fulfill all requirements. Some students may not wish to pursue a certificate or a degree or, instead, may select their course of study according to personal interests or occupational needs.

Potential Employers

Our graduates are working with organizations such as Alan Wong’s, Roy’s, Top of Waikiki, MW Restaurant, Town, Diamond Head Market & Grill, Sheraton Hotels in Hawai`i, Hilton Hawaiian Village, The Kahala Hotel & Resort, Halekulani, and Disney.


Download forms & documents at the Culinary Arts Program Toolbox.


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 Contact Information

Jared S. Kaya
Jared S. Kaya Culinary Program Graduate
Upon earning my AS degree in Culinary Arts, I continued my culinary education by enrolling in KCC’s Advanced Professional Certificate in Culinary Arts. The foundation received in my AS degree courses prepared me well for the advanced courses, and our cohort learned and experienced much under Chef Jason Peel’s guidance. The new Culinary Institute of the Pacific campus will give Hawai`i’s culinary arts graduates an excellent venue to earn higher culinary arts credentials here in Hawaii.