Elaine Matsuo - Director of APPS Culinary Arts Pathways at Waipahu High School
Born: Honolulu, HI
Lives: Makakilo, HI
- Being able to inspire the next generation, and hope that they will help build a better community
- Creating a program that helps students find their calling
- Seeing my students succeed and then having them come back to tell me about all their adventures
First Introduced to ‘ulu: 14 years old
By: An Aunty from Tahiti
By way of: Baked, peeled and covered with sweetened coconut milk
The APPS Culinary Arts Pathway is an award-winning program that prepares students for an exciting career in culinary arts, baking, and pastry arts. Taught by experienced professionals and enriched by partnerships with some of the top names in Hawaiʻi's food & restaurant industry, APPS Culinary Arts students produce delectable delights of every description. Students learn industry-standard food safety and kitchen procedures, prepare a huge variety of gourmet creations, and participate in prestigious culinary events.
Culinary Pathway Instructors:
Mrs. Elaine Matsuo
Chef Mary Julie Madarang
Chef David Dela Cruz
APPS stands for Academy of Professional and Public Services. It's a curriculum at Waipahu HS that incorporates career pathway/work based learning experiences. Students learn real life/work skills alongside professionals.
Learn how Elaine Matsuo and her staff helped feed the community during COVID here.
Waipahu HS culinary student Jay Miguelʻs recipe: ʻUlu & ʻuala Hash with Pineapple & Egg
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