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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.

West Hawai‘i Community Kitchen Update

We are now in the final stages of the permitting process for West Hawaii’s first community kitchen!

The West Hawaii Community Kitchen will house a community foodservice that provides essential nutritional support to hundreds of at-risk children and elders, as well as a separate kitchen for value-added processing by local farmers for increasing the value of their agricultural production.

The architectural and engineering processes are complete, planning department approval received, and building permits are expected in September 2018. The project bidding process is complete, a contractor, Tinguely Development, has been selected, and we are ready to go as soon as the building permits have been issued.

Stay tuned for further updates!


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

West Hawaii Community Kitchen Planning Survey Report

In April 2015, Friends of Kona Pacific Public Charter School (Friends) received a Grant in Aid for the construction of a community kitchen that will house the school’s foodservice program and will also be available to local farmers and producers for value-added processing.

In October 2015, Friends launched a comprehensive community planning process in order to engage community stakeholders in meaningful opportunities to provide input regarding the value-added production kitchen design, equipment, location & operation. Friends
recognizes that it is essential that we receive input from our community in order to make well- informed design and planning decisions that meet the value-added processing needs of our community and local farmers.

In February 2016, the data gathered through the community planning process will be submitted to Kapiolani Community College. KCC will then use that data to generate preliminary kitchen design documents.

To read the full report: W.H.Community Kitchen-Report-FINAL


Kona Pacific Community Kitchen Planning Survey

We are excited to launch our site, building, equipment, and program design process for the Kona Pacific Community Kitchen!

We need your input in order to create a kitchen that meets the needs of our community and local farmers.

Here are the links to the surveys that will help us ensure that the design of the new community kitchen meets the need of our community and local farmers: