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Free culinary apprenticeship training available through Kapi‘olani CC

Kapiʻolani Community College
Daniel Meisenzahl, (808) 348-4936
UH Spokesman, University of Hawai‘i System
Posted: Jun 26, 2017

Kapiolani CC is offering a free culinary apprenticeship program.
Kapiolani CC is offering a free culinary apprenticeship program.
Culinary students at Kapiolani CC.
Culinary students at Kapiolani CC.

Link to video and sound (details below):

What:  WANTED: Restaurants and local food service establishments and their workers interested in participating in the Hawai‘i Cook Apprenticeship, a free, 20-week culinary program to develop the next generation of cooking professionals, offered by Kapi‘olani Community College’s award winning culinary program.


1) Current employees of local restaurants and food service establishments interested in career advancement.

2) Local restaurants and food service establishments interested in free, professional training for their employees.


1) The employees receive free culinary training from one of the best culinary schools in the Pacific region that will lead to career advancement and higher paying jobs.

2)The restaurants and local food service establishments save time and money in training their own employees and will, in a relatively short time, employ more professionally trained employees that will result in better product and higher customer satisfaction.

When & How:  Current Kapi‘olani CC Hawai‘i Cook Apprenticeship enrollment ends on June 30, 2017 and the next enrollment period begins on October 2 for the intake that begins on November 13, 2017. Go to or contact Marcus Fikse, Kapi‘olani CC culinary apprentice coordinator at marcusjt@hawaii.ed or (425) 308-6163 or (808)734-9484.

 Other facts:  

  • Apprentices attend a six-hour in-person lab class at Kapi‘olani CC once a week for 20 weeks on the basics of cooking and enroll in four five-week online lecture courses that cover food service industry, sanitation, menu planning and culinary nutrition and complete 2,000 work hours under the guidance of the employer’s chef.

  • Apprentices will be paid a progressively increasing schedule of wages during their apprenticeship based on the acquisition of increased skill and competence on-the-job and in related instruction.

  • Upon successful completion of the program, apprentices should receive promotions to be a bona fide line cook for that employer and being paid at the journey worker’s rate.

  • Apprentices receive a Hawai‘i Cook Apprenticeship certification equivalent to 14 credits, which is considered a full semester that would cost a Hawai‘i resident $1,794 and a non-resident $4,790

  • Kapi‘olani CC pays an apprentice’s employer a $500 stipend per apprentice who completes the program to compensate them for the time and effort to monitor their apprentice.

  • Apprentices must be at least 17 years of age, with a high school diploma or equivalent, have current TB clearance and MMR innoculations and possess physical, verbal and reading abilities essential for job safety. 

B-roll (TRT: 1 minute 8 seconds):

  • Students cooking in the kitchen (5 shots)

  • Students plating food (4 Shots)

  • Dishes prepared by students (3 shots)


Ron Takahashi - Chair, Kapi‘olani CC Culinary Arts Program (7 seconds)

“The win for the employer is the fact you are getting trained cooks without having to pay for that training.”

Takahashi (13 seconds)

“For the employee the win is youʻre going to get a high end education and culinary arts the same quality that if youʻre to attend our credit program which is nationally renowned”