We will be hosting a groundbreaking ceremony to launch the construction of the new West Hawaii Community Kitchen at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, December 19th. The ceremony will be officiated by Kumu Keala Ching, who also serves as a board member.
With an expected completion date in 2020, the new 3,000 sq. ft. community 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.
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.