The funds will support culinary education at the institute's new Diamond Head facility. In recognition of the gift — which is in addition to a $1.1 million gift the foundation made in 2017 — CIP's innovation center building will be named for the Takitanis. When completed, CIP at Diamond Head, in partnership with UH West O'ahu and UH Mānoa, will offer a four-year bachelor of applied science degree in culinary arts, with a concentration in culinary management, and a bachelor of science degree in food science and human nutrition.
Established in 1993 by the founders of Hawaiian Host, the Takitani Foundation has awarded more than $5.4 million in scholarships and grants across the state. At UH, the foundation has been a key funder of the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship program at UH Mānoa's Shidler College of Business and recently funded the 13th Year Programs at Windward and Honolulu Community Colleges for students in need of support.
"This gift is helping create a unique world-class home for one of UH's signature programs," said UH president David Lassner. "The CIP will change the lives of UH students from multiple campuses across the island, will help meet the workforce needs of our own hospitality community, and will be a shining beacon for Hawai'i's leadership in culinary innovation and excellence. The full CIP vision is now becoming a reality thanks to the dedication and generous support of the state, community partners, and donors like our friends at the Takitani Foundation, who have graced us again with their incredible generosity."