The ACF Kona Kohala Chefs Association members are committed to culinary enrichment.


To build a sustainable culinary workforce by hosting events to fulfill the following goals and to provide:
  • Support for high school culinary programs
  • Educational opportunities
  • Scholarships for students and members
  • Competition and ACF Certification


The ACF Kona Kohala Chefs Association members are industry leaders committed to culinary enrichments through professional development and education in our community.

The American Culinary Federation, founded in 1929, is the largest professional, not for profit organization for Chefs and Cooks in the United States. ACF membership provides opportunities for professional development, career building, and networking. More that 20,000 culinarians and food service professionals have joined the ACF for information, education, inspiration, and prestige.

The Kona-Kohala Chapter

Our Island Chapter was started in 1980 with twelve members. Today, there are twenty-four chapter members.This group of food service professionals, vendors, growers and enthusiasts attend bi-monthly meetings. The meetings are held at various restaurants and hotels in West Hawaiʻi. We invite you to attend our next meeting and join our Kona Kohala Chapter. 

The Big Island of Hawaiʻi offers many culinary events throughout the year. Our chapter holds at least one fundraising event. The premier Christmas event will be in its 31st year and assists with scholarships for our members and student culinarians.

Fundraising proceeds will benefit the UH Foundation ACF Kona Kohala Chefs Association & Jean Hull Culinary Endowment for the culinary program at Hawai`i Community College-Pālamanui and continuing education opportunities for working chefs and students. 

Pālamanui Campus

The ACF Kona Kohala Chefs Association Chapter's goals are to
support the Culinary program at
HCC-Pālamanui and provide continuing education for local chefs

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