Culinary Arts Programs in Hawaii

Below you will discover in depth information on culinary arts and baking and pastry education options in the state of Hawaii. Additionally, you will find comprehensive data employment prospects and pay rates in the Aloha state. [En Español]

Job Outlook

In 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 17,220 working as cooks and chefs in Hawaii. Furthermore, there were 1,420 people working as baking professionals, as well as a further 7,710 working in food prep. There were 1,730 making a living as food service managers. Employment for cooks in the Aloha state is predicted to expand by 6.3% in the 10 years to 2024, which compares favorably with 4.5% growth expected across the nation.

Cooks and Chef Salaries in Hawaii

The mean wage for restaurant chefs in the nation’s 40th most populous state, in May 2016, was $16.22 per hour, $33,740 per annum (BLS). Chefs and experienced senior cooks made an average salary of $51,500, or a wage of $24.76 per hour, during the same period, while bakers made $34,620 or $16.64 per hour.

Salaries in Hawaii by Occupation

Job TitleTotal EmployedMean Hourly PayMean Annual Salary10th Percentile25th PercentileMedian75th Percentile90th Percentile
Bakers1,420$16.64$34,620$20,810$25,910$31,730$44,040$51,460
Butchers and Meat Cutters580$19.22$39,990$20,130$29,950$42,360$49,080$58,050
Chefs and Head Cooks1,630$24.76$51,500$24,100$33,130$46,810$65,370$83,660
Fast Food Cooks2,350$12.43$25,850$18,620$19,990$24,030$30,110$37,090
Food Preparation Workers7,710$12.30$25,590$18,400$19,470$23,070$30,910$37,800
Food Service Managers1,730$28.78$59,850$37,200$44,720$55,340$69,880$90,350
Institution and Cafeteria Cooks1,580$16.40$34,100$19,070$24,110$33,960$44,030$49,490
Other Cooks410$16.74$34,810$21,700$25,720$31,380$39,260$57,140
Other Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers260$12.37$25,730$18,710$19,960$22,780$28,170$41,640
Restaurant Cooks8,410$16.22$33,740$20,100$24,240$30,370$42,930$53,110
Short Order Cooks1,260$12.80$26,630$18,660$20,130$23,870$33,580$38,770

Chef and Head Cook Salaries in Hawaii by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI260$29.75$61,880
Urban Honolulu, HI1,020$22.80$47,430

Restaurant Cook Salaries in Hawaii by Region

area_titleTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI1,950$19.80$41,180
Urban Honolulu, HI4,780$14.25$29,650

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area Area

Hawaii Community College

1175 Manono Street, Hilo, Hawaii 96720-5096
(808) 934-2500
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts – Associate Program

Hawaii Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are based at their campus in the town of Hilo, HI. This public college has roughly 3,087 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. The cost of tuition for in-state students is usually around $3,084 and for out-of-state students in the order of $8,220 per year. Books and supplies can cost in the order of $952, although this will depend on the program.

Kauai Community College

3-1901 Kaumualii Highway, Lihue, Hawaii 96766-9500
(808) 245-8225
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts – Associate Program

Kauai Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are based at their campus in Lihue in Kauai County. The majority of of the school’s 1,401 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. Tuition fees for in-state students are around $3,132 and for out-of-state students approximately $8,268 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $952, although this will vary with the program.

University of Hawaii Maui College

310 W Kaahumanu Ave, Kahului, Hawaii 96732-1617
(808) 984-3500
Culinary Arts – Associate Program, Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

The University of Hawaii Maui College offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. All programs are taught at their campus in the city of Kahului, Hawaii. The college has about 3,593 students in total, with most students on 4-year programs. The University of Hawaii Maui College has institutional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. Fees for tuition for in-state students are likely to be in the order of $3,150 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $8,286 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $952, although this will depend on the program.

Honolulu, HI Area

Kapiolani Community College

4303 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816-4421
(808) 734-9000
Pastry Arts – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts – Associate Program

Kapiolani Community College offers various Certificate program options for chefs, a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Honolulu, HI. This public college has approximately 7,816 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. The cost of tuition for in-state students is usually about $3,084 and for students from other states in the order of $8,220 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $952, although this will vary with the program.

Leeward Community College

96-045 Ala Ike, Pearl City, Hawaii 96782-3366
(808) 455-0011
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program, Culinary Arts – Associate Program

Leeward Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in Pearl City in Honolulu County. Most of the school’s 7,535 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. Fees for tuition for in-state students are likely to be about $3,084 and for students from other states likely to be about $8,220 yearly, while study materials may cost about $952, depending on the program.

Travel Institute of the Pacific

1314 S King St Ste 1164, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
(808) 591-2708
Culinary Arts – Certificate Program

Travel Institute of the Pacific offers various Certificate program options for chefs. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Honolulu. The majority of of the school’s 71 students are on diploma programs of under two years. The college is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. The retention rate of full-time students at this college is over 80%. Tuition fees are around $14,737 for each academic year, while study materials may cost roughly $4,908, depending on the program.

* Tuition fees and accredition status are correct at the time of writing, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (http://nces.ed.gov/). Confirm with college before applying.