Kupu Culinary Program 



Established in 2007, Kupu empowers future generations to create a more sustainable, pono Hawai'i.  We provide hands-on training programs that educate and mentor youth to become stewards of our culture and environment, helping them develop a strong connection to the place in which we live.  In doing so, we strive to fulfill our mission to empower youth to serve their communities through character-building, service-learning, and environmental stewardship opportunities that encourage pono (integrity) with Ke Akua (God), self, and others.


Kupu has embarked on a social venture currently referred to as the “Kupu Culinary” initiative. The Culinary Program’s mission is to empower young adults aged 16-24 to cook healthy and delicious meals for themselves and nourish the lives of their families and communities through food and service learning.

To download or read a copy of the full Kupu Culinary Program Position Description click here.

This is a four week-long, part-time introductory training opportunity from April 29, 2019 to May 24, 2019 (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays from 9am-3pm), that includes, but is not limited to:

  • Guest speakers/field trips to visit vendors and culinary industry professionals to learn about their specialty and expertise
  • Hands-on training with kitchen tools and equipment
  • Experiential learning opportunities with catering events
  • Participation in discussions and assignments such as reflections, evaluations and feedback

  • Practical hands-on cooking skills
  • Work closely with world-renowned professional Chef Instructor
  • Behind-the-scenes exposure to culinary professionals, food vendors and education programs, which could lead to future training or job opportunities
  • Ability to taste and prepare recipes
  • $500 Award upon successful completion of program
  • Food Handlers Certification


To be considered, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements: 

  • Have reliable transportation to and from the Program Site (Ho‘okupu Center, 1125 Ala Moana Blvd)
  • Able to commit to schedule, which may include early mornings, evenings and/or weekends
  • Mentally and physically able to complete all aspects of the program
  • Able to stand on feet for long periods and lift 25+ lbs
  • Demonstrate strong communication, teamwork skills, maturity, and a positive attitude
  • Willing to learn, take direction, adapt as necessary, and practice customer service skills
  • Serve as a positive representative of the Kupu Culinary Program
  • Able to react quickly and sensibly in possible stressful situations
  • Wear closed-toe shoes, socks, and long pants (shirts will be provided)
  • Have hair pulled back if have long hair (all will be expected to wear provided hat)

If you have any questions, please contact us at culinary@kupuhawaii.org.

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