Education & Scholarships

The ACF Kona Kohala Chapter , Chefs de Cuisine is proud to serve our West Hawaii Junior Chef student members. These members learn first-hand culinary skills to enrich their pursuits. We also provide scholarships which is explained below.

Konawaena High School
Chef Cathy Harlan represents the culinary food service program at the high school level.
Chef/Educator, Chef Cathy Harlan

 Hawaii Community College, Pālamanui
Hawaii Community College - Pālamanui Campus offers the following ACF (American Culinary Federation) accredited program:

Culinary Arts Program 
  • 2 year program 67 credits 
  • approx. $8,900 tuition plus uniform, books, and knife kit. 
Education Chair, TBD

Chef Instructor, Chef Paul Heerlein

Chef Lecturer, Chef Cathy Harlan

Pālamanui culinary students with Chef Ming Tsai at the Hilton Waikoloa. Hawaii Food and Wine Festival


The ACF KonaKohala Chapter Chefs de Cuisine Association, Inc. provides scholarships to Chapter members for culinary enrichment.

The Chapter also provides yearly scholarships to ACF Kona Kohala Junior Chefs, a collegiate organization, for culinary education in West Hawaii. The intent of these scholarships is to support Junior Chef members who are active in the ACF.

Additionally, the Chapter provides scholarships for high school students and industry workers beginning their culinary education at the Hawaii Community College-Pālamanui Hawaii Campus.

To find out more or apply for scholarships, please download our scholarship Information and Application form or fill out the form below and we will be in touch with you soon. 

Chef Jean Hull and Chef Paul Heerlein with the ACF Kona Kohala Chefs former Spring Scholarship recipients- (left to right) Tiffany, Cameron, Stephanie, Taz, Jolene. Mahalo for all your support! 

Chef Murry from Mauna Kea Bakery demonstrates the art of forming sweet bread loaves and West Hawaii Community College

West Hawaii Community College students and instructors
with visiting Chefs, Mavro and Kevin Chong

Jean Hull and former student, now Executive Chef, Steven Ariel 

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