Grinds for scholarships

PUHI — More than 1,500 meals were served, and Kauai Community College culinary arts students shared in more than $6,500 in scholarships Sunday during the 29th annual American Culinary Federation Breakfast.

“This event is one of the things which make me feel good to live here,” said KCC Chancellor Helen Cox. “I look around and feel so proud of the work being done by all of the people.”

Described as the biggest and best brunch on the island, ACF member chefs joined KCC culinary arts students in preparing a wide variety of breakfast foods, including the popular made-to-order omelet station.

Chef Martina Hilldorfer of the KCC culinary arts department said sponsors, including the scholarship donors, make it possible for students to be able to participate in the culinary arts program.

“Without their generosity, many students could just not afford to go to college,” Hilldorfer said. “One of our biggest longtime supporter has been the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association, Kauai Chapter. This year the HLTA donated $10,000 toward equipment, and $5,000 in scholarships, including a $1,000 scholarship to Shalei Shintani.”

Students receiving scholarships included Justin Apilado, Arjay Baniaga, Rosemarie Bumanglad, Kimberly Corpuz, Timothy Gallardo, Michael Hidago, Opal Livingston, John Ortal, Angelito Roslin and Jordan Santos.

“This year, we also have a new supporter in McDonald’s of Hawaii,” Hilldorfer said. “In addition to donating more than 5,000 pieces of Portuguese sausage, Brandon Yoshimoto of McDonald’s is offering Betty Iida, a culinary arts student, a scholarship in the amount of $1,500.”

Chef Alex Amorin of Duke’s at Kalapaki, president of the ACF Kauai, presented Belinda Butac with the ACF scholarship. Amorin was joined by Dr. Bill Gondring, who presented Kimberly Corpuz with the Phyllis Jean Gondring award and received a Corpuz painting in return.

The atmosphere was festive: various vendors offered craft items, and ceramics instructor Wayne Miyata and his students held a popular pottery sale.

KCC Nursing Department students provided free screenings under the canopy of music from Howard Toki, Diana Mancia, Skipper Caycayon and Kent Tanigawa.

Over at the Daniel K. Inouye Technology Building, a used book sale drew people through the historic electronics displays and overflowed into the laser lab.

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