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valentines cookies

Valentine's Day Cookie Decorating

Join us for a fun Valentine's Day Sugar Cookie Decorating class.  In this class, you will learn how to make the perfect Royal Icing constancy to fill and outline your Valentine Cookies. Each student will receive a variety of pre-baked cookies ready to decorate. Some of the Valentine designs include hearts, flowers and cupcakes. You will be guided step-by-step on how to make your super cute cookies! Learn all sorts of techniques to help you grow your confidence as a decorator. All items and tools needed to decorate will be provided for use in class. You will be provided lunch and a box to take your treats home in.

Aprons, kitchen towel and other personal items can also be brought to class. As a safety precaution participants must wear a face mask, covered shoes and long pants.

Date:  Saturday, Feb 13
Time:  8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Windward CC, Hale Akoakoa Cafeteria
Fee: $95
Registration will be available soon. If you are interested please sign the waitlist.
chicken karaage

Japanese Cooking Series - Course 1: Karaage

Join Chef Steve Maeshiro for this hands-on class as he guides you through the process of making the perfect Chicken Karaage, delicious Oshitashi and a flavorful Yamakake. Each dish will be demonstrated and you will make your own recipe to enjoy for lunch. As a bonus, a light Green Tea Mousse will be prepared for dessert. Please join us for this, the first class in our Japanese Cooking Series.

Aprons, kitchen towel and other personal items can also be brought to class. As a safety precaution participants must wear a face mask, covered shoes and long pants.

Date:  Saturday, Feb 20
Time:  8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Windward CC, Hale Akoakoa Cafeteria
Fee: $95
bread

Pastry and Baking Series: Yeast Breads

More and more people are making their own yeast bread at home and it need not be complicated. Join us for a demystification of the challenges of Yeast Breads as you make Ciabatta, French Baguettes, Italian Focaccia and Cinnamon Rolls. Learn some simple tricks to elevate your bread making skills or learn to make your fist loaf of bread. Bring some take home containers because you will take home loads of goodies. Lunch will be provided.

Aprons, kitchen towel and other personal items can also be brought to class. As a safety precaution participants must wear a face mask, covered shoes and long pants.

Date:  Saturday, Feb 27
Time:  8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Windward CC, Hale Akoakoa Cafeteria
Fee: $95

Date:  Tuesday, Apr 20
Time:  8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Windward CC, Hale Akoakoa Cafeteria
Fee: $95
pie

Pastry and Baking Series: All Things Pie

Pies are one of the most delightful and easy items to make for a family meal. They can be sweet or savory and in this class, you will make both types, Cherry, Rustic Apple, Custard and Chicken Pot pie for lunch. It all starts with the perfect crust and you will learn how to make that to start the class. Join us and create loads of goodies to take home and share with loved ones.

Aprons, kitchen towel and other personal items can also be brought to class. As a safety precaution participants must wear a face mask, covered shoes and long pants.

Date:  Saturday, Mar 6
Time:  8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Windward CC, Hale Akoakoa Cafeteria
Fee: $95
st particks cookie

St. Patrick’s Day Cookie Decorating

This class is for ALL skill levels, beginners are welcome! In this Sugar Cookie Decorating class you will learn how to make the perfect Royal Icing constancy to fill and outline your St. Patrick’s themed cookies. Each student will receive a variety of pre-baked cookies ready to decorate. The designs will use various techniques that are fun to try, but you are free to use your full creative license. Everything you need will be provided to complete your specially decorated cookies. You will be guided step-by-step on how to make your super cute cookies! You will learn all sorts of techniques and grow your confidence as a decorator. Lunch will be provided.

Aprons, kitchen towel and other personal items can also be brought to class. As a safety precaution participants must wear a face mask, covered shoes and long pants.

Date:  Saturday, Mar 13
Time:  8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Windward CC, Hale Akoakoa Cafeteria
Fee: $95
Registration will be available soon. If you are interested please sign the waitlist.
baking utensils

Spring Baking Camp

If you are looking for a great opportunity to get out of the house and experience some hands-on learning, check out Windward Community College’s Baking Camps. Perfect for yourself, family and friends, we welcome anyone over the age of 11 (minors need parental consent), all you need is an interest and passion for all things baking.

This three-day camp will cover favorites for any baker enthusiast. Day 1: pies, Day 2: cakes, and Day 3: yeast breads. Students will focus on learning, planning, organizing and executing traditional recipes to add to their skill set. In our baking camps students will learn the fundamental techniques that will lead to a lifetime of success in baking. Skills in making pastry dough for a variety of pies and cobblers, cakes and yeast doughs used to make a variety of fresh breads. Please bring your own containers, bags and/or boxes to take your products home.

Classes are not vegan, vegetarian or gluten free. Lunch will be provided. These classes and camps fill up fast so register early. If your class is full, please join our wait list and we will let you know if an opening comes up.

SAFETY GUIDELINES
As a safety precaution participants must wear a face mask, covered shoes and long pants.
Only the student will be allowed to attend the course. Students may have one chaperone who can wait for them in an area that allows for them to follow social distancing guidelines.

Date:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Mar 15, 16 & 17
Time:  8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Windward CC, Hale Akoakoa Cafeteria
Fee: $285
soba

Japanese Cooking Series - Course 2: Miso, Soba and Somen

The focus of this class will be on a variety of ways to use Miso beyond the classic Miso soup. In this hands-on class, you will start by examining various types of miso and then jump into making a delicious Miso-Marinade for seafood, beef or chicken. In addition, the traditional approach to the use of Dashi and other local flavors will be explored as we make some light noodle dishes. Finally, a classic shortbread dough that can be flavored as you wish will be created for you to take home with you. Lunch will be provided.

Aprons, kitchen towel and other personal items can also be brought to class. As a safety precaution participants must wear a face mask, covered shoes and long pants.

Date:  Saturday, Mar 20
Time:  8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Windward CC, Hale Akoakoa Cafeteria
Fee: $95
easter cookies

Easter Themed Cookie Decorating

Who doesn’t love a cute Decorated Bunny Cookie? This Easter, treat your friends and family to an assortment of festive Sugar Cookies you decorated yourself. Learn the basics of decorating with Royal Icing and surprise yourself with how easy it is to decorate beautiful Easter themed cookies. You will learn some simple techniques and leave class with a box of beautifully decorated cookies. Everything you need will be provided to complete your specially decorated cookies. You will be guided step-by-step on how to make your super cute cookies! Learn all sorts of techniques and grow your confidence as a decorator. Lunch will be provided.

Aprons, kitchen towel and other personal items can also be brought to class. As a safety precaution participants must wear a face mask, covered shoes and long pants.

Date:  Saturday, Apr 3
Time:  8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Windward CC, Hale Akoakoa Cafeteria
Fee: $95
Registration will be available soon. If you are interested please sign the waitlist.
shrimp tempura

Japanese Cooking Series - Course 3: Katsu and Tempura

We all love the perfectly prepared Katsu or Tempura dish. In this class hands-on class, Chef Steve Maeshiro will guide through the process to bring restaurant style Katsu and Tempura to your home kitchen. You will make Japanese style breaded chicken as well as some classic side dishes; and of course, make the perfect shrimp tempura preparation. Lunch will be provided.

Aprons, kitchen towel and other personal items can also be brought to class. As a safety precaution participants must wear a face mask, covered shoes and long pants.

Date:  Saturday, Apr 10
Time:  8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Windward CC, Hale Akoakoa Cafeteria
Fee: $95
tomato sauce

Italian Class with Chef Salvo

For Italians, food is life. We will explore some traditional Italian favorites starting with a delicious tomato sauce that is perfect for chicken, beef or fish. You will also learn to make a classic Alfredo sauce for fettuccine pasta from this food centered iconic land.

Aprons, kitchen towel and other personal items can also be brought to class. As a safety precaution participants must wear a face mask, covered shoes and long pants.

Date:  Saturday, Apr 17
Time:  8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Windward CC, Hale Akoakoa Cafeteria
Fee: $95
cutting board and knife

Knife Skills 101

With many of us spending more time preparing meals in our home kitchen, it is important that we know how to properly use our favorite knives. In this hands-on class you will learn the professional approach to safe knife handling, sharpening and cutting. A series of hands-on classic cuts will be made on a variety of vegetables and protein items, that will then in turn be used to create a delicious soup and salad for lunch. Join us and elevate your knife skills a notch or two. Please bring your favorite kitchen knife to class.

Aprons, kitchen towel and other personal items can also be brought to class. As a safety precaution participants must wear a face mask, covered shoes and long pants.

Date:  Saturday, May 5
Time:  8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Windward CC, Hale Akoakoa Cafeteria
Fee: $95
heat cookies

Mother's Day Themed Cookie Decorating

Join us and learn the basics of decorating beautiful Mother's Day Decorated Sugar Cookies. Learn how to make a lovely flower bouquet. You will be guided with step-by-step with instructions and demonstrations as you decorate a variety of cookies to wow to friends and family. No previous decorating skills necessary. Everything you need will be provided to complete your specially decorated cookies.  You will be guided step-by-step on how to make your super cute cookies! You will learn all sorts of techniques and grow your confidence as a decorator. Lunch will be provided.

Aprons, kitchen towel and other personal items can also be brought to class. As a safety precaution participants must wear a face mask, covered shoes and long pants.

Date:  Saturday, May 8
Time:  8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Windward CC, Hale Akoakoa Cafeteria
Fee: $95
Registration will be available soon. If you are interested please sign the waitlist.
sushi

Japanese Cooking Series - Course 4: Sushi

Have you ever wondered how to make perfect sushi rice? If so, then join us for our sushi making class and learn not only the rice cooking process but also how to prepare everything you need to make temaki hand-rolls, nigiri and cone sushi. Lunch will be provided.

Aprons, kitchen towel and other personal items can also be brought to class. As a safety precaution participants must wear a face mask, covered shoes and long pants.

Date:  Saturday, May 15
Time:  8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Windward CC, Hale Akoakoa Cafeteria
Fee: $95
baking utensils

Summer Baking Camps

If you are looking for a great opportunity to get out of the house and experience some hands-on learning, check out Windward Community College’s Baking Camps. Perfect for yourself, family and friends, we welcome anyone over the age of 11 (minors need parental consent), all you need is an interest and passion for all things baking.

This three-day camp will cover favorites for any baker enthusiast. Day 1: pies, Day 2: cakes, and Day 3: yeast breads. Students will focus on learning, planning, organizing and executing traditional recipes to add to their skill set. In our baking camps students will learn the fundamental techniques that will lead to a lifetime of success in baking. Skills in making pastry dough for a variety of pies and cobblers, cakes and yeast doughs used to make a variety of fresh breads. Please bring your own containers, bags and/or boxes to take your products home.

Classes are not vegan, vegetarian or gluten free. Lunch will be provided. These classes and camps fill up fast so register early. If your class is full, please join our wait list and we will let you know if an opening comes up.

SAFETY GUIDELINES
As a safety precaution participants must wear a face mask, covered shoes and long pants.
Only the student will be allowed to attend the course. Students may have one chaperone who can wait for them in an area that allows for them to follow social distancing guidelines.

Date:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Jun 6, 7 & 8
Time:  8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Windward CC, Hale Akoakoa Cafeteria
Fee: $285

Date:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Jun 21, 22 & 23
Time:  8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Windward CC, Hale Akoakoa Cafeteria
Fee: $285
CONTACT FORM - WAIT LIST & QUESTIONS
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Daniel Swift has worked in the restaurant business since 1985 when he started washing dishes in high school. He is a graduate of Boise State University’s Culinary Arts Program and Johnson and Wales University’s Baking and Pastry Arts program in Providence, Rhode Island. He has worked as a chef for top hotels such as the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, Kahala Mandarin Oriental, The Westin Seattle and the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

He began teaching in 2002 and earned his Masters Degree from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa in 2005. He has taught Culinary, Baking and Pastry and Hospitality courses for the last 16 years at 5 different colleges and universities, including the Collins College of Hospitality Management, Chaffey College, the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration in Las Vegas and professor of food and beverage at the Culinary Institute of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii. Currently he is the culinary coordinator of the Hiilaniwai Foodservice Innovations Training Program at Windward Community College in Kaneohe, Hawaii.  

Daniel earned his doctorate in Organizational Leadership from the University of Laverne in California in 2017. He is a Certified Master Baker through the Retail Bakers of America and hold certifications with the American Culinary Federation as a Certified Executive Chef, Certified Executive Pastry Chef, and Certified Culinary Administrator.
Thelma Vasquez Howland has been a semi-professional cake decorator for over ten years, maintaining a professional presence in higher education in administrative roles at Loyola University, UC Berkeley and now the University of Hawaii. She has taught decorating classes to 500+ students and enjoys cookie design and teaching sugar art techniques.

Thelma is a passionate baker who grew up immersed in Mexican-American cuisine with the influences of classic American fare. This created a deep appreciation and distinguished palette for both which has informed the designs and influences of her phenomenal bakery creations.

Trained in the Wilton Method at their Illinois corporate headquarters, she soon translated those experiences into participation in local design competitions and shows in the Bay area of California where she spent the better part of 12 years honing her craft. Thelma won Best in Show on multiple occasions at the Marin County Fair while helping chair and lead an annual Contra Costa Cake Show where several nationally acclaimed bakers, chefs and designers appeared to judge, demonstrate and teach courses.

As the California ICES (International Cake Exploration Societe) member and former state representative, she continues to participate in promotion and proliferation of the bakery and sugar arts. She manages her own cottage based business called Thelma’s Sweet Treats where she offers an assortment of bakery items and services. Contact her at thelmasweetreats@gmail.com
John McGough  received his Patisserie & Baking Certificate from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has over 20 years in the restaurant industry as a chef, pastry chef, baker’s assistant, pastry cook, cook and restaurant manager at notable restaurants in Las Vegas, Honolulu/Waikiki. 

John is the owner/pastry chef of Hau‘oli Pastry Company where he prepares customized dessert menus for a la carte dining, banquets and special functions. 
Noe Puaauli is a Hawaiian cultural education specialist. Noe was co-creator of a healing garden and ‘āina based program and curriculum. She developed and taught cultural curriculum relevant to nursing and healing, has cultural understanding of utilizing food as medicine, designed a cultural garden which incorporates lā‘au lapa‘au, lo‘i kalo and other pertinent native plants important to cultural practices and traditions. She currently works at the Uala Leaf Cafe at WCC as an Education Assistant.
Stephen Maeshiro is Chef and Education Assistant for Uala Leaf Cafe at Windward CC. Steve brings over 25 years of culinary skills and knowledge. He has honed his palette and kaiseki skills working alongside top named chefs at some of Honolulu’s notable Japanese restaurants in Waikiki specializing in preparation of washoku, traditional and regional foods of Japan.
Alice Wu Swift is a Multimedia Instructional Designer for the University of Hawai'i System and Owner of Swift Hospitality Consulting, L.L.C.

Alice Swift has 15+ years of hospitality, food and beverage experience. She has worked in various restaurants and hospitality organizations in California and Las Vegas, obtaining sommelier certifications: SWE Certified Wine Specialist, WSET Level 3, CMS Level 1. She has a passion for teaching and learning with the use of innovative and engaging educational technology, teaching part-time online for UNLV's hospitality program. After receiving her Ph.D. from UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hospitality in 2016, she relocated from Las Vegas to O‘ahu. She currently works for the University of Hawai‘i System as a multimedia instructional designer, and operates Swift Hospitality Consulting business catered to companies seeking instructional/curriculum design, development, and training. Alice also maintains her beverage industry ties, teaching local community classes, and is the beverage journalist for WineTalk, a monthly column for the Las Vegas Food & Beverage Professional magazine since 2011.