KCC students ready for Ho’okipa

The culinary program at Kapiolani Community College was in full production Thursday, as faculty and students prepared for Friday’s annual Ho’okipa fundraising gala at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.

As an alumni of the program, I remember all the work that went into preparing for this marquee event. I decided to visit my old stomping grounds to see what the instructors and students were working on for this year’s fundraiser.

At chefs Mark Okumura and Dave Brown’s patisserie class, students were busy making showpieces, chocolate candies and other parts of their multi-component dessert. Here’s a sneak peek of some of the sweets that will be available.

Ho’okipa prep

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Chef Dave Brown demonstrates how to spray chocolate on a showpiece.