Chamber sponsors 14th Annual ‘A Taste of Hilo’ event

Culinary students serve food at the event

Culinary students serve food during the 14th Annual “A Taste of Hilo” event that took place in October.

The Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Hawaii sponsored the 14th Annual “A Taste of Hilo” event Oct. 21 at Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin Sangha Hall.

Proceeds from this signature event supplement the JCCIH Foundation Fund, which is administered by Hawaii Community College for student scholarships, faculty and staff development programs, and campus-wide improvements.

This year’s event focused on Big Island Grown products in an effort to promote sustainability.

Chef Philip “Ippy” Aiona, a finalist on the Food Network Challenge, was the guest chef at this year’s event and made some delicious dishes that showcased the Big Island Grown products.

Culinary students prepare for A Taste of Hilo.

The Hawaii Community College Culinary Arts program was one of more than 30 vendors at the 14th Annual “A Taste of Hilo” event. Here, students prepare for the event.

Chancellor Noreen Yamane

Hawaii Community College Chancellor Noreen Yamane speaks during “A Taste of Hilo.”

Guest Chef Philip “Ippy” Aiona works with culinary students during the event.

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