Culinary Arts program receives $10k donation

The Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival has donated $10,000 from its annual culinary event at the Waikoloa to Hawai‘i Community College’s Culinary Arts program. The organization presented checks to Hawai‘i CC and the other recipients at an event held Tuesday, November 10 on O’ahu. This is the second consecutive year the Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival has made a donation to the college. Mahalo for the support! Please see the following article from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser about the donations.

$350,000 donation benefits 16 groups

This year’s Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival, a two-week culinary gala in September, benefited 16 organizations with a total of $350,000. Checks were presented Tuesday at Neiman Marcus’ Mariposa Restaurant.

The recipients were: Culinary Institute of the Pacific ($80,000), Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation ($70,000), Imua Family Services ($50,000), Kapiolani Community College Culinary Arts Program ($30,000), Leeward Community College Culinary Arts Program ($25,000), Maui County Farm Bureau ($20,000), Hawaii Island Community College Culinary Arts Program ($10,000), Kapiolani Community College Hospitality and Tourism Program ($10,000), Paepae o He‘eia ($10,000), Papahana Kuaola ($10,000), Maui Culinary Academy ($7,500), Hawaii Seafood Council ($7,500), Honolulu Zoo Conservation Fund ($7,500), Aloha United Way Young Leaders Program ($5,000), Kako‘o ‘Oiwi ($5,000) and Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation ($2,500).

Over the past five years, the fest has given more than $1.3 million to local beneficiaries.

This year’s events featured 101 chefs, four master sommeliers, 35 top-tier winemakers and 16 mixologists. Students from the state’s various culinary programs worked alongside world-class chefs during events. More than 7,400 residents and visitors attended 21 events on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii island.

The 2016 festival is scheduled for Oct. 14 to 30. Visit

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