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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Wednesday, May 23, 2001

Cannon Club ideal for KCC's culinary program

A proposal to convert the old Army Cannon Club on the slopes of Diamond Head into a facility for Kapi'olani Community College's popular culinary arts program makes a lot of sense.

But the plan must not be allowed to become an excuse to expand the college's "footprint" on the Diamond Head state monument. However, if the existing facility — with renovations — can be used to enhance the culinary arts program, it would be a useful addition.

The 7.65-acre site was obtained by the state from the U.S. Army in 1997. For more than a half-century, the Cannon Club served as a private military club. It could be restored into a stellar setting for the students to demonstrate their skills in a real-world environment.

Kapi'olani Community College has a growing reputation in the field of culinary arts. Students are attracted to its program from around the world.

Properly used, the Cannon Club facility could be an important addition that would add further luster to what is already a popular and respected program of education and training.