Culinary Arts Life Information

May 6th, 2016

End-of-semester greetings!

I hope everyone is doing well, considering that the semester is winding down. Many of us are nearly there -- summer break is within reach. Besides exams, the only major thing looming over the horizon is our culinary arts gala, which is taking place this Saturday! That's right: L'ulu is right around the corner.

For those of you helping out with prep, please make sure to stay hydrated~ and also take care to rest up when you're done for the day. Come event day, do your best, remember to smile, and have fun!!!

Once that's over and done, graduation day will be coming up very quickly! Speaking of, congratulations to all of the students who are graduating this semester! It's time for all of your hard work and dedication to pay off! Good luck in any and all of your future endeavors~

This is the last newsletter for the Spring 2016 semester, but I'll be seeing you again soon. With that said, have a safe and relaxing summer vacation, everyone!

Until Fall 2016,




Summer’s coming up! It’s time to relax and get away from all the stress and challenges of college. Have fun and be adventurous, but keep one thing in mind: always work towards self-improvement! Summer break is three months long, so don’t waste these precious moments of your life. Set yourself up for success now and you’ll be more than ready for future challenges!

Here’s an excerpt of an article that’ll tell you ways you can break out of your shell and grow as a person.

42 Practical Ways To Improve Yourself by Celestine Chua

As a passionate advocate of growth, I’m continuously looking for ways to self-improve. I’ve compiled 42 of my best tips which might be helpful in your personal growth journey. Some of them are simple steps which you can engage in immediately. Some are bigger steps which takes conscious effort to act on. Here they are:

  • Read a book every day. Books are concentrated sources of wisdom. The more books you read, the more wisdom you expose yourself to. What are some books you can start reading to enrich yourself?

  • Learn a new language. Learning a language is a whole new skill altogether and the process of acquainting with a new language and culture is a totally a mind-opening experience.

  • Pick up a new hobby. Beyond just your usual favorite hobbies, is there something new you can pick up? Learning something new requires you to stretch yourself in different aspects, whether physically, mentally or emotionally.

  • Level up your skills. If you have played video games before especially RPGs, you’ll know the concept of leveling up – gaining experience so you can be better and stronger. As a blogger, I’m constantly leveling up my writing skills. As a speaker, I’m constantly leveling up my public engagement abilities. What skills can you level up?

  • Wake up early. Waking up early (say, 5-6am) has been acknowledged by many (Anthony Robbins, Robin Sharma, among other self-help gurus) to improve your productivity and your quality of life. I feel it’s because when you wake up early, your mindset is already set to continue the momentum and proactively live out the day.



L'ulu, Leeward Culinary Arts Gala

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"Indulge your senses with the delectable cuisines of Hawai‘i‘s finest chefs alongside the Culinary Arts Program’s instructors and students.

Exceptional entertainment and a silent auction, complimented by an array of wines, beers, spirits, and specialty coffees and teas complete the festive atmosphere and extraordinary ambiance of dining amid the night skies.

Join us at L’ulu as we continue to feature the partnerships that seek to manage our natural resources and environment in a sustainable manner and reshape the local marketplace.

Join the chefs as they continue to link agriculture with the restaurant industry and strive to provide diners with products that are fresh, local and as diverse as our islands themselves."

--Leeward CC Events Page

Our "Last Hurrah"

L'ulu is our last big event of the spring semester. Right now, we're in the middle of prepping for it, and come Saturday, it's go time. For me, this is actually my first time working this particular event, which is slightly ironic, seeing as I'm already in my second year of instruction. That being said, I started thinking about what to expect. I know my way around a Special Event dinner or two, but L'ulu... well, t'was a mystery.

But being your ever-curious Culinary Arts peer mentor, I had to mentally prepare myself for what's to come. So, naturally, I caught up with Tommylynn Benavente (Ms. B) to ask her a few questions regarding our upcoming event!

Ms. B and Chef Ian, Lu'lu 2011

Photo by Leeward CC

1) What is L'ulu?

L'ulu, Leeward Culinary Arts Gala is the Culinary Arts Program's annual fundraiser.

2) Why is it important/significant to us, the students of Leeward's CC program?

The event has a couple of major goals:

  1. it allows the program to raise much-needed funds to support instructional activities

  2. it gives students the opportunity to learn how a food and wine event is organized and run, as well as meet and work with chefs and experience participating in a food and wine event

  3. showcase the program and students to the community and college

  4. build connections and relationships with program donors and supporters

3) Who comes to L'ulu?

Attendees include companies who purchase sponsorship tables and the general community. The event is open to the public.

4) In what way are the students involved in the execution of the event?

Students are assigned to work different areas including assisting in the guest chef booths and service duties for sponsorship tables. Depending on where they are assigned, students are involved in the organization, set-up execution and clean up of the event. Students are critical to the success of L'ulu! After all, people support the event for the students!

Participating Restaurants and Chefs:

Aulani: A Disney Resort & Spa

Jeff Wind, Ron Villoria

Chef Chai

Chai Chaowasaree

Lucky Belly

Jesse Cruz

MW Restaurant

Wade & Michelle Ueoka

Nalo Farms

Dean Okimoto

REAL, a Gastropub

Troy Terorotua

Roy’s Ko Olina

Roy Yamaguchi, Darryl Shinogi

Sansei Seafood & Sushi Restaurant

dk Kodama


Ron DeGuzman

The Pearl

Ian Riseley

The Pig & The Lady

Andrew Le

Tiki’s Bar & Grill

Ronnie Nasuti

Top of Waikiki

Lance Kosaka

Photo credit: Leeward CC
More photos from previous L'ulu and other events at Leeward CC here


Graduation Commencement Ceremony!

Come out and congratulate our graduates in their accomplishments!

Leeward Community College Graduation Commencement Ceremony will be at:

The Tuthill Courtyard

On Friday, May 13, 2016

From 5PM - 7:30 PM**

**Graduates, arrive at 4 PM and check-in at the bottom of the round staircase in front of the learning commons (you will check in according to LAST name), then you will line up by program.

If you plan on congratulating graduates before the ceremony (no lei giving please - lei only after the ceremony), stop by at the Culinary graduates line up between 4 PM - 4.45 PM.

If you plan on greeting and/or giving lei to graduates after the ceremony:

  • Last names A-L: Meet in Lion Courtyard (In front of the Cafe)
  • Last names M-Z: Meet in Theater Courtyard (Next to the Theater and FA building)
  • Subject to change

More information on Commencement Ceremony here.

Congratulations Graduates!!!!


The Student Support Success Team is Here for You~

Ann Dorado, Counselor

Academic Counseling, Career Exploration and Planning, Class Registration

Tami Williams, Academic Specialist

Academic Success and Life Skills, Guidance to Campus Academic Support and Resources

Shaylyn Funasaki, Peer Mentor

Peer Support and Campus Resources Connection

Coe Snyder, Peer Mentor

Peer Support and Campus Resources Connection


Fall 2016 Semester begins August 22nd~

See you Then!

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