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Kitchen Groundbreaking December 19, 2018!


Friends of Kona Pacific Public Charter School will host a groundbreaking ceremony to launch the construction of the new West Hawaii Community Kitchen at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, December 19th. The project is a joint collaboration between Friends and Kona Pacific Public Charter School, which is located on the same 38-acre parcel of land where the new kitchen will be built. The ceremony will be officiated by Kumu Keala Ching, who also serves as a Friends board member.

Friends is a nonprofit corporation, founded in 2006 as an affiliated support organization for Kona Pacific Public Charter School (Kona Pacific). Together, Friends and Kona Pacific have created economic and social development for our community via a number of educational, agricultural and Hawaiian cultural initiatives that generate 40 full time and 25 part time jobs and an operational budget that adds more than $2 million annually to our local economy.

With an expected completion date of May 2019, the new 3,000 sq. ft. community kitchen is comprised of two separate kitchens, one of which will house Kona Pacific’s community foodservice that serves the students of Kona Pacific and other schools, as well as providing critical nutritional support for hundreds of at-risk children and elders. The second kitchen will be used by local farmers for value-added processing, the first such facility to serve West Hawaii’s agricultural community.

The construction of the new $1.9 million facility is funded by two Hawaii legislative CIP grants-in-aid (2015 & 2018), grants from private foundations and state agencies, and an internal capital campaign.

Kona Pacific Public Charter School is widely recognized as a leader in nutrition programs in Hawaii and the school has received numerous awards for its various nutrition programs. The school’s WHOLE Foodservice also developed Hawaii’s first-ever mobile summer lunch program, which has provided more than 30,000 lunches to West Hawaii children at risk for hunger since the program’s launch in 2015.

The design of the value-added processing kitchen for local farmers was based on a series of scoping meetings with the West Hawaii agricultural community and will be furnished with kitchen equipment selected to optimize the effectiveness of the kitchen for the use of West Hawaii farmers and the produce they grow.

BID PACKAGE for Phase IIb Campus Construction

Aloha Contractors!

Thank you for your interest in bidding on our Phase IIb Campus Construction Project. Contractors can bid on the Community Kitchen project, the Building G project, or both.

Please download all four pdf files – mahalo!

Main Bid Package

A101-2007 Owner-Contractor Agreement

A201-2007 General Conditions of the Contract for Construction

A312-2010 Performance Payment Bond

Welina mai!

In 2006, a group of parents, teachers and community leaders joined together to create a non-traditional public charter school in West Hawai‘i. Motivated by a desire to provide an innovative educational program to our rural, underserved community, the group founded Friends of Kona Pacific Public Charter School.

Friends’ 40-acre learning center site is located mauka (above) the Kona Community Hospital in Kealakekua. The Kona Pacific Public Charter School’s 2.5-acre campus is located here, along with an organic farm and several teacher and school staff residences.Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 5.55.05 PM

Friends works in support of Kona Pacific School, but the two entities are independent of each other. Friends is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, and Kona Pacific is a public charter school, and therefore a sub-agency of the State of Hawai‘i. Together, the two organizations pursue parallel missions of service to the West Hawai‘i community.

Friends’ strategic plan leverages our 40-acre property, the Kanaueue Learning Center, to develop community-based educational initiatives that provide numerous educational benefits to the students of Kona Pacific and other schools, and a diverse range of economic and social benefits to our rural, underserved community. Together, Friends and Kona Pacific successfully:

  • Operate the WHOLE Food Service, West Hawaii’s only federally approved food service vendor, providing universal breakfast and lunch to 230 Kona Pacific students, 68% of whom qualify for free or reduced price meals.
  • Feed an additional 400 at-risk West Hawai’i residents from age 9 months to 93 years old, with community partners Head Start, Early Head Start, Meals on Wheels, Hawai‘i County Parks and Recreation, and Punana Leo o Kona preschool.
  • Serve as a model school for the national Fresh Fruits and Vegetable program.
  • Pioneer universal breakfast in the classroom. Kona Pacific is the first school in Hawai‘i where all students eat a nutritious breakfast for free at the start of the school day.
  • Implement a highly successful AmeriCorps program, with seven AmeriCorps volunteers providing labor for farm development while receiving valuable training.
  • Partner with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in the development of the first commercial “food forest park” in West Hawai‘i.
  • Strengthen charter schools locally and nationally through leadership on the Hawai’i Public Charter Schools Network board, Hawai’i State Charter School Commission, and Alliance for Public Waldorf Education.
  • Create critically needed economic development for our community: 40 full time and 25 part time jobs and an operational budget that adds more than $2 million annually to our local economy.

For more information about Friends of Kona Pacific Public Charter School and our community projects and initiatives, email