CCECS offers Master Food Preserver Certificate Program in West Hawaiʻi

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Date: Monday, May 7, 2018
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669

For Immediate Release

The College of Continuing Education and Community Service (CCECS) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo is offering the Master Food Preserver Certificate Program at the Hawai‘i Community College at Pālamanui kitchen facility. Classes will be held on Fridays, June 1 and 8 from noon – 6 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays, June 2 - 17, from 9 am-3 pm. This program is offered at a reduced cost of $200 thanks to the support of an anonymous donor. All required supplies are included, as well as a textbook and manual.

Individuals interested in developing their own jams and jellies, canning acid foods, pressure canning low acid foods, pickling and fermenting, drying, freezing, and the art of charcuterie, are encouraged to become certified Hawaiʻi Master Food Preservers.

Lead instructor, Luisa F. Castro, Ph.D., is a certified Master Food Preserver (Class of 2014) and has taught agricultural professionals about food safety on the farm for over a dozen years. She has organized and co-taught the Hawaiʻi Master Food Preserver Certificate Program since its inception in Fall 2014, coaching over 100 students about safe food preservation and storage. Instructor Kalen Kalekoma is a chef, farmer, market manager, and entrepreneur.

For more information and to register, contact CCECS at 932-7830 or visit

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