The mission of the Hospitality & Tourism program is to provide to a diverse community of lifelong learners educational opportunities that focus on student engagement and skills essential for successful employment in leadership positions in the hospitality industry. Hospitality & Tourism is a career ladder program that moves progressively from the 14-credit Certificate of Completion to the 36-credit Certificate of Achievement, culminating with the 65-credit Associate in Applied Science degree. The CA and AAS track requires completion of an internship, which enables students to gain practical on-the-job training. The program is organized with a core of courses focusing on various aspects of the hotel industry, enveloped by a variety business and general education courses designed to broaden the students’ background and enhance employability.

Students may earn certification provided by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) in selected Hospitality & Tourism courses. Specific HOST courses are articulated to the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, as well as to other community colleges in the University of Hawai‘i system. Majors are required to meet with the program coordinator or counselors early in their studies for academic advising. The following prerequisites are required of students entering the HOST program: a) CULN 112 with a grade C or better; b) ENG 19 with a grade C or better, or placement at ENG 22; and c) MATH 82 with grade C or better or placement in MATH 103. A grade C or better is required in HOST for the CC, CA, and AAS degree. A minimum 2.0 GPA is required.

Contact the program coordinator, Lorelle Peros, at 984-3343, or by email at for more information.

Requirements for Certificate of Completion (CC):  15 credits
Hospitality & Tourism  101(3), 150(3)
Business/Communication 130 or Speech 151(3)
English 100(3)
Hawaiian Studies 100BCD(3)-Humanities elective


Requirements for Certificate of Achievement (CA):  36 credits
All CC courses(15) plus:
Hospitality & Tourism 100(2) 152(3), 154(3)
Management 118(3)
Culinary Arts 121 or 122(3), 160(4)
Math 103(3)


Requirements for Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree:  65 credits
All CA courses(36) plus:
Hospitality & Tourism 200(2), 250(3), 270(3), 298(3)
Hospitality & Tourism 260 or Business Law 200(3)
English 209(3)
Accounting 124 & 125*** or 201(3); and 202(3)
Economics 130(3) -Social Science elective
Natural Science elective(3)


Full-time students would take courses in this sequence:
First Semester (Fall) Credits 
*HOST 100 Internship I 2
*HOST 100 Intro to the Hospitality Industry** 3
*HOST 150 Rooms Division Operations I 3
*ENG 100 Composition I 3
*BUS/COM 130 Business Communication-Oral, or
SP 151 Personal & Public Speech 3
*MATH 103 College Algebra 3
Second Semester (Spring) Credits
*HOST 152 Rooms Division Operations II 3
*HOST 154 Food & Beverage Operations 3
*CULN 121 Culinary Skill Building,
or CULN 122 Skill Development 3
*CULN 160 Dining Room Service 4
*MGT 118 Introduction to Supervision 3
*HWST 100BCD Intro to Hawaiian Culture-Humanities 3
Summer Session Credits
HOST 200 Hospitality Internship II, or
HOST 394v International Internship 2
First Semester (Fall) Credits
HOST 250  Hospitality Sales and Marketing 3
HOST 270  Hospitality Management 3
ACC 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting*** 3
Natural Science elective 3
ENG 209 Business and Managerial Writing 3
Second Semester (Spring) Credits 
HOST 260  Hospitality Law,
or BLAW 200 Business Law 3
HOST 298 Hospitality Capstone 3
ECON 130  Principles of Economics: Microeconomics 3
ACC 202 Managerial Accounting 3


    *Note: Courses required for the Certificate of Achievement.
  **Note: BUSN 150 is a prerequisite for HOST 101 (or may be taken concurrently).
***Note: ACC 124 and 125 may be taken in lieu of ACC 201; only 3 credits will count toward requirements.