University of Hawaiʻi — West Oʻahu

Culinary Management


UH West O‘ahu offers a Bachelor of Applied Science with a concentration in Culinary Management degree that provides culinary students, and those already working in the industry, the strong business background needed to excel in the workforce. Students will develop an understanding of the management, marketing, ethical and legal aspects of running a food service operation. They will also learn valuable communication and leadership skills that are essential for higher-level management positions. Traditionally, many restaurant managers build their careers on experience, not education, making a degree a highly valuable asset.

The business curriculum at UH West O‘ahu is designed to supplement Kapi‘olani Community College’s (KCC) award-winning Culinary Arts associate’s program where students learn the technical skills of the trade. UH West O‘ahu courses are delivered through in-class and distance learning instruction. KCC offers in-class courses in a world-class learning environment that includes 10 modern kitchens, a 130-seat culinary demonstration auditorium, on-campus restaurants and banquet rooms.


Culinary Management graduates pursue culinary-related careers in a growing industry. During the next ten years, the travel, tourism and food industries will create tens of thousands of new jobs. Career opportunities include working as restaurant managers, food service managers, banquet managers, catering managers, food and beverage directors, and more. Culinary managers are responsible for cost control, sanitation, safety, cost-effective menu development, kitchen operations, and training line cooks to produce food quickly with excellent plate presentation. The average salary for food service managers is $45,600 a year. Restaurant directors may earn between $67,000 and $96,000 a year.


BUSA 304 Consumer Behavior
This course examines the major influences on those who buy and use products. It assesses social, personal, and psychological influences including reference groups in the purchasing decision process and applies principles to select marketing problems.

BUSA 324 Business Law
This course is an introduction to the legal environment in which business operates with particular attention to principles of law relating to contracts, agencies, partnerships, corporations, and government regulations.

BUSA 351 Human Resources Administration
This course provides a general survey of theories and contemporary practices in the process of public and private personnel administration. In addition to topics such as recruitment and placement, training and development, compensation and performance appraisal, this course focuses on techniques for motivation, productivity, and creativity associated with individual and organizational effectiveness.

BUSA 386 Global Management and Organizational Behavior
This course is an analysis of theories and concepts underlying domestic and global organizations, including behavioral and personnel issues. It emphasizes leadership, teamwork, and cultural differences, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.

BUSA 481 Ethics and Administration
This course considers the ethical problems that face administrators in the public and private sectors from a theoretical point of view and in application to particular cases. Such issues as corporate responsibility to communities, shareholders and competitors, bribery, honesty, racialism, ecology, and false or misleading advertising will be discussed.


The Culinary Management program is offered in partnership with KCC. KCC associate’s degree Culinary Arts students, who meet UH West O‘ahu’s admission criteria, are eligible to be admitted to the University. KCC students may also be concurrently enrolled in the Bachelor of Applied Science with a concentration in Culinary Management program at UH West O‘ahu. The purpose of this degree pathway is to facilitate a smooth transition for students entering KCC or UH West O‘ahu when working toward a bachelor’s degree in Culinary Management.


Dr. Stefanie Wilson, Professor
(808) 689-2334