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First, $25M phase of KCC's culinary institute campus complete

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

You've probably seen it on Diamond Head Road: The large, new facility up on the hillside.

That's the first phase of Kapiolani Community College's Culinary Institute of the Pacific, which cost $25 million and was years in the making.

Culinary Institute graduates and community members were invited to tour the first phase recently, grabbing a sneak peek at the 7.8-acre site that includes four single-story buildings, an outdoor cooking area, landscaping and the first of two parking lots. 

The University of Hawaii said about $30 million is needed for phase II of the project, which will include a restaurant, classroom space, a bakery lab, auditorium, administration building and second parking lot.

"I'm very jealous," said Adrienne Ishizu, a 2014 graduate of the culinary arts program. "I am walking in and I want to go to school again."

The institute will create a home for a new four-year bachelor's degree in culinary studies in the islands, the first of its kind in Hawaii. The degree will be offered through a partnership with the University of Hawaii-West Oahu.

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