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Culinary in Hawaii

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Schools Offering Culinary Arts Programs in Hawaii

Each year, roughly 0.8% of Hawaii students graduate with degrees in culinary arts. Thus, Hawaii's 6 culinary schools put out approximately 188 chefs each year.

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Travel Institute of the Pacific, which is located in Honolulu, is the top-ranked school in Hawaii that has a culinary program. It received a ranking of 65th in the country in 2010. 36 students graduated with a degree in culinary from Travel Institute of the Pacific in 2010.

The second-ranked school in Hawaii with a culinary program is Hawaii Community College, which is located in Hilo. In 2010, it was ranked 87th nationwide. In 2010, 19 students graduated from Hawaii Community College culinary program. Tuition at Hawaii Community College was $2,246 per year.

The third-ranked school in Hawaii that has a culinary program is Kapiolani Community College. Kapiolani Community College, which was ranked 88th in the country in 2010, is located in Honolulu. 44 students graduated with degree in culinary from Kapiolani Community College in 2010. The tuition rate at Kapiolani Community College was $2,172 per year.


Culinary schools in Hawaii, charge students an average tuition of $1,831 per year. But, tuition can be as much as $2,246 per year, or as little as $2,157 per year. In 2010, the culinary schools that charged the highest tuition rates in Hawaii were:

  1. Hawaii Community College - located in Hilo, students are charged $2,246 per year
  2. University of Hawaii Maui College - located in Kahului, students are charged $2,238 per year
  3. Kauai Community College - located in Lihue, students are charged $2,172 per year

The culinary schools in Hawaii that charged the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. Leeward Community College - located in Pearl City, students are charged $2,157 per year
  2. Kauai Community College - located in Lihue, students are charged $2,172 per year
  3. Kapiolani Community College - located in Honolulu, students are charged $2,172 per year

A culinary degree from a Hawaii school... what next?

A large number of Hawaii culinary graduates become chefs. In 2010, there were 1,180 chefs working in Hawaii. The following counties have the largest number of Hawaii chefs:

  1. Honolulu County - 920 chefs
  2. Hawaii County - 260 chefs

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that by 2018, an estimated 980 chefs will be working in Hawaii state. This would require the number of chefs to shrink by -3%.


A chef in Hawaii makes an average of $46,580 per year. However, this number is only an average. chefs in Hawaii had varying salaries from $31,500 to $91,760 per year in 2010. The following counties in Hawaii have the highest average salaries for chefs:

  1. Hawaii County - $60,280 per year
  2. Honolulu County - $42,750 per year

A chef in the following counties in Hawaii make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Honolulu County - $42,750 per year
  2. Hawaii County - $60,280 per year

More Information

The charts and graphs below have additional Hawaii statistics regarding a career in culinary arts. Take a look and compare salaries with various related fields such as pastry or culinary.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Culinary Arts in Hawaii
  • Certificate in Culinary Arts in Hawaii

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Cooks, Short Order n/a $28,800
Cooks, Restaurant 5,200 $29,840 -17.9%
Cooks, Fast Food 1,960 $20,850 -14.4%
Chefs and Head Cooks 1,180 $46,580 9.3%
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 990 $35,390 -25.6%

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