Nā Kukui Netlinks - Networking and mentoring UH Tim School Students

It was another great year at the annual Nā Kukui netlinks event. This year it was hosted at the Oahu Country Club.

I enjoyed meeting and networking with the student from The School of Travel Industry Management (TIM) at the Univiersity of Hawaii.  The event was  planned by TIM students from the TIM 316 Events Planning and Marketing course. With more than 150 attendees, this event provides the TIM students with the opportunity to network with a group of professionals in the travel industry.

2014 Ho`okipa is a fundraiser for Kapi’olani Community College culinary arts and hospitality and tourism programs

Ho`okipa is a fundraising event for students in the Kapi’olani Community College culinary arts and hospitality and tourism programs. Culinary  and hospitality and tourism students work closely with their instructors to make this event happen.

Chef Ronnie and I bought seats to support the Kapi’olani Community College culinary arts and hospitality and tourism program. It was a great night catching up with old friends and making new ones.

Ho‘okipa KCC Culinary at Convention Center Chef saying aloha to Jason Peel, Chef Chris Kajioka and Chef Ronnie

High School Culinary Mentoring

High School Culinary Mentoring

Chef Ronnie Nasuti demonstrates

 Tiki's Executive Chef Ronnie Nasuti taught an HCEF class at Pearl City High School.  Twenty-five culinary students learned about Sous Vide and the professionalism required to be a chef. 

Chef Nasuti prepared Furikake Salmon with Poached Egg and Beet Butter demonstrating the immersion circulator and vacuum sealer. 

Shawn Kimball, Pearl City Culinary Instructor, said that the class opened the students eyes to what it takes to be a chef and to techniques used in the professional kitchen.  As a chef instructor, it was a learning experience for me, too. 

 The students will visit Tiki's in the Spring semester as a part of the culinary mentoring program.

 Twenty-three high schools (Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii Island) are paired with chefs as a part of the HCEF culinary mentoring program. 

The Hawaii Culinary Education Foundation provides Hawaii's culinary students and professionals access to cutting-edge knowledge and techniques through programs featuring visiting chefs, educational opportunities, and special fundraising events.

 Learn More. Donate.   www.hawaiiculinaryfoundation.org   


Hayley Matson-Mathes 

Hawaii Culinary Education Foundation