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CULN Program

Passionate about food?

Prepare for a culinary career with a fusion of hands-on experiences and classroom instruction. You’ll develop the skills and confidence essential for a wide range of culinary careers. You’ll be exposed to time-honored classical European and Asian techniques, as well as local and contemporary flavors.

Over $6 million have been invested in our state of the art facilities, offering 4 beautiful & practical teaching kitchens and the newly renovated fine dining restaurant, The Pearl. These facilities are designed to give you an opportunity to apply the theories and techniques of industry in a realistic and practical environment. You’ll also be able to enhance and broaden your education experience through externships at some of our state’s finest restaurants.

At Leeward, you get the chance to work side-by-side with chefs like Alan Wong, Russell Siu, Chai Chaowasaree, Roy Yamaguchi, and D.K. Kodama, to name just a few!

About the Degrees and Certificates
Learn more about our offerings. The time to complete the certificates or degree varies from one to four semesters. Cost of cutlery, books and uniforms is approximately $500 for the beginning student.

Our program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Foundation Accrediting Commission.

Information on The Pearl, Leeward's fining dining restaurant, including menus and special events listings.


Program Coordinator
Don Maruyama
Office GT 106
Phone 455-0567
donaldkm [at] hawaii [dot] edu

CULN Counselor
Ann Dorado
Office GT 111
Phone 455-0652

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