Frequently Asked Questions


"If you really want to make a friend, go to someone's house and eat with them...the people who give you their food give you their heart"

- Cesar Chavez

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What does Ai kahu mean?

"Ai" means food in Hawaiian and "kahu" means guardian.  As lovers of the culinary industry, we strive to educate and preserve the integrity and the magic of the culinary world. 

Ai Kahu was founded with the intention to help bring awareness and preserve the integrity,  and the love each of us has for food, the purity of ingredients and the magic it holds in brining all people together.

How long is a training?

All training vary in length, but our two most common trainings are listed below:

The ServSafe™ Manager Training is about 8 hours with exam.  Participants are expected to study their text books in advance as much as possible.  

The ServSafe™ FoodHandler Training is about 2.5 hours with a short break.

How Long is my certificate good for?

Each certificate is valid from the National Restaurant Association and will depend on the type of training you complete.

Is this Training Mandatory?

This training may be mandatory in your state, it is best to check with your local health department to ensure accuracy of  requirements.  In the State of Hawaii, the ServSafe™ FoodHandler certification is mandatory and enforceable beginning September 2, 2018.

How does the placard system work? 

Read our post of an article written by Timothy Hurley of the Honolulu Star Advertiser regarding the specifics.


What is included in a training?

Each training is different, but a participant guide or workbook is included, along with a certificate where applicable.

How long does it take to get our exam results?

Exam results are generally available about 2 weeks from the date of the exam.  If you've left us your email, we'll email you if you passed or need to schedule a retake, along with a copy of your certificate.

How do i get updates on food recalls & foodborne illnesses?

You can subscribe to our weekly news + notes section to stay up to date on local and national food related news. See the bottom of any page to subscribe.

 How Do i register for a training?

You can register anyone for a training by emailing us the following information:

Your name, Your Company Name, Name & Date of the desired Training, Name of Participant(s), Who to send the invoice to, & the emails of all participants