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The University of Hawaiʻi’s Culinary Institute of the Pacific and four community college programs are among the beneficiaries of the 2019 Hawaiʻi Food & Wine Festival (HFWF), which recently announced donations totaling $413,580 to local culinary, agricultural and community organizations statewide.

UH beneficiaries included:

  • Culinary Institute of the Pacific—$80,000
  • Hawaiʻi Community College Culinary Program—$7,000
  • Kapiʻolani Community College Culinary Arts Program—$55,000
  • Leeward Community College Culinary Program—$25,000
  • UH Maui College Culinary Arts Program—$20,000

HFWF has been a huge and critical supporter of our UH culinary programs, which educate incoming employees for the hospitality sector across the islands of Hawaiʻi through our statewide system of public higher education,” said UH President David Lassner. “In addition to providing financial support for our programs and the construction of the Culinary Institute of the Pacific, HFWF has enabled us to provide our culinary students with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to work side by side with world-class chefs.”

Beneficiaries were recognized at a mahalo reception held in March. Proceeds from the ninth annual event were gifted to 18 nonprofit partners that contribute to the overall success of HFWF through many different channels including student volunteers, agricultural and educational activities, event concepts, fundraising, cultural enrichment and more.

“We are fortunate and thankful to have the support of so many diverse industries as sponsors, companies, policymakers, purveyors and individuals who are part of the greater HFWF ʻohana,” said Denise Yamaguchi, HFWF chief executive officer. “It is only through the generous efforts of these essential supporters that we can give back to so many deserving organizations in our community.”

For the complete list of beneficiaries, visit the HFWF website.

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