The Kūlia Grill has “nourished our bodies and our spirits, too, with aloha,” said Dean Jerris Hedges, who honored Grill Manager Carol Uyemura and her staff on its next-to-last day of business at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). The dean presented engraved koa boxes containing pens to the cafeteria team, along with letters of thanks, lei and hugs. Vice Dean emeritus Dr. Satoru Izutsu also took part in the mahalo ceremony.
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The Culinary Arts Department at Kapi‘olani Community College (KCC) announced in October that it will no longer operate the Kūlia Grill, after providing meals to the public for more than eight years. The Grill’s last day of business is December 13, 2013. KCC, which is consolidating its food service operations on the Diamond Head campus, said that all of the Kūlia Grill employees will be reassigned to other food service operations positions at the community college.
The JABSOM Finance office is finalizing a contract with a new vendor to continue food service at the shared UH medical school and UH Cancer Center campus. An announcement will be made as soon as possible. JABSOM has polled students, faculty and — through social media– members of the community to learn what food items and service they would value most in a new cafe, as well as their suggestions for a new name.
A hui hou, Carol … we will miss seeing you and your team five days a week!
Photos from the ceremony by Arnold Kameda.