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Popular Hawaii chefs to headline the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa College of Engineering's Centennial Homecoming Celebration

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Eric Matsunaga, (808) 956-7584
College of Engineering
Posted: Sep 8, 2008

HONOLULU -- The culinary creations of award-winning chef and restaurateur D.K. Kodama will be featured in an exciting line-up of twelve popular island restaurants at the University ofHawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Engineering Centennial Homecoming on Tuesday, October 7, 2008, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Stan Sheriff Center Arena. Alumni and friends of the college can purchase tickets on-line at Cost is $50 per person. For more information, call (808)956-7727.

Featured that evening will be Kodama‘s quartet of restaurants, including d.k. Steakhouse, Hiroshi Eurasian Tapas featuring Hiroshi Fukui, Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar, andVino Italian Tapas & Wine Bar. Rounding out the impressive list of chefs are Rodney Uyehara of Beachhouse at the Moana, Chai Chaowasaree of Chai‘s Island Bistro, Donato Loperfido andPhillipe Padovani of ʻElua Restaurant & Wine Bar, Alfredo Arcano of Fromaggio, Jason Takemura of Hukilau Honolulu, Elmer Guzman of Poke Stop, Colin Nishida of Side Street Inn, and Kevin Hanney and Kevin Dee of 12th Ave Grill.

"I come from a family of engineers that went through the UHM College of Engineering — my sister, brother and dad," said Kodama. "So it‘s a pleasure and a privilege for me to take part in the Centennial Homecoming celebration."

Attendees will be treated to a special preview of the UH vs. Louisiana Tech homecoming game from University of Hawaiʻi Warrior Head Football Coach Greg McMackin. Rounding out the evening will be karaoke performances by engineering alumni and expected appearances by University of Hawaiʻi President David McClain, UHM Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw and engineering alumni Sen. Norman Sakamoto and Rep. Michael Magaoay.

"The College of Engineering is very proud of its one-hundred year history," said Dean Peter Crouch. "We look forward to sharing our pride and celebrating with our alumni and friends on this very special occasion."

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Engineering has launched thousands of successful careers in Hawaiʻi and throughout the world. Graduates occupy key roles with engineering firms, government agencies, defense contractors, and as entrepreneurs. Many of its 9000 alumni have made significant engineering contributions to the state‘s infrastructure and are now set on accomplishing similar tasks abroad. The college‘s respect for the Hawaiian culture is reflected in its successful mentoring program for under-represented science and engineeringstudents. As the college celebrates its 100-year history, it is focused on becoming a major contributor to Hawaii‘srenewable energy and sustainable future.

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