Today the Mamoru and Aiko Takitani Foundation (Takitani Foundation) donated an additional $2.5 million to the University of Hawai‘i’s Culinary Institute of the Pacific (CIP) at Diamond Head to support culinary education in the institute’s new and growing facility. This builds on their 2017 gift of $1.1 million, bringing their total support for construction and programs of the CIP to $3.6 million. In recognition of their generous support, the innovation center building at the CIP will be named the Mamoru and Aiko Takitani Innovation Center.
University of Hawai‘i President David Lassner said, “This gift is helping create a unique world-class home for one of UH’s signature programs, the Culinary Institute of the Pacific (CIP). The CIP will change the lives of UH students from multiple campuses across the island, will help meet the workforce needs of our own hospitality community, and will be a shining beacon for Hawaiʻi’s leadership in culinary innovation and excellence. The full CIP vision is now becoming a reality thanks to the dedication and generous support of the state, community partners and donors like our friends at the Takitani Foundation, who have graced us again with their incredible generosity.”