Leahi Concept Kitchen new restaurant boasting a partnership with a local culinary school, opened at the Waikiki Parc in May.
The hotel partnered with nearby Kapiolani Community College, giving students from its culinary program the opportunity to learn from and work beside the professionals at the Leahi Concept Kitchen.
As part of the partnership, the concept kitchen will host a rotating lineup of international chefs through the college’s Guslander Distinguished Visiting Global Chef series. The chefs hail from the Pacific Rim, including Thailand, Japan, Korea and China.
Each visiting chef will spend two days in the classroom with students, offering a background on their cuisine and techniques. The students work with the guest chef to create a unique menu which will be available to order at the restaurant until the next guest chef arrives. The chefs will also host pop-up culinary experiences over the weekend, with proceeds going to support Kapiolani’s culinary program.