Hawaii Restaurant Management School Overviews with Degree Info

There are a limited number of restaurant management schools in Hawaii. Read an overview of three schools' programs, requirements and tuition info and find out which school is the right one for you.

Essential Information

Students in Hawaii interested in restaurant management programs can find certificates, associate's degrees, and bachelor's degrees through a few select two- and four-year public institutions in Hawaii. Though, not all program levels are available at all schools.

In addition to didactic instruction, restaurant management students learn hands-on skills that will be used in the field and complete work experience and work study components for credit. Certificate programs focus on the industry, while degree programs incorporate general education classes, as well. Though restaurant management schools may be scarce in Hawaii, the following schools offer programs.


Kapi'olani Community College

Students can earn an Associate in Science in Institutional Food Service Management or a Certificate of Completion in Advanced Culinary Arts at this community college located in Honolulu. Students participating in the associate's degree program are trained for management positions in the food services industry. They take classes in sanitation, food safety, baking, hospitality and cookery. In the last semester, students can apply the knowledge and skills they've learned to a real-world work experience through a hospitality internship. The certificate program gives students a general overview of the culinary arts industry. Students study beverage service management, different types of cuisine and culinary trends.

University of Hawaii - Maui College

Students looking for careers in restaurant management can earn the Associate in Applied Science in Restaurant Supervision at this Kahului school. Full-time students can complete the program in about two years. Students begin by taking classes in the culinary industry, sanitation, food safety, cookery fundamentals, building culinary skills, short order cookery and cold food pantry. By the third semester, classes become more in-depth, with lessons in business computing, accounting, supervision, food science and human resources. All students take part in a work practicum and a field experience.

University of Hawaii - West O'ahu

Located in Kapolei, this university offers a Bachelor of Applied Science in Culinary Management. The degree program is designed for students who already have a background in the culinary arts and are looking for management-level jobs within the industry. Classes cover topics such as business law, human resources and marketing. Specialized courses focus on how to run food service operations and how to manage employees. In an effort to give students real-world experience, classes are frequently taught at the school's kitchens, banquet rooms and on-campus restaurants.

School Comparison: At A Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Restaurant Management Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2015-16)
Kapi'olani Community College 2-year, public; large city Associate in Science in Culinary Arts,
Advanced Professional Certificate - Culinary Arts
$2,880 for in-state students, $4,320 for Pacific Islander students, $7,872 for out-of-state students*
University of Hawaii - Maui College 4-year, public; small city Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts $3,006 for in-state students, $7,998 for out-of-state students**
University of Hawaii - West O'ahu 4-year, public; large suburb Bachelor of Applied Science in Culinary Management $7,152 for in-state students, $19,608 for out-of-state students**

Article Sources: *Kapi'olani Community College, **NCES College Navigator


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