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.
We are now in the final stages of the permitting process for West Hawaii’s first community kitchen!
The West Hawaii Community Kitchen will provide facilities for value-added processing by local farmers to enable them to increase 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!
We are excited to launch our site, building, equipment, and program design process for the West Hawaii 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 survey that will help us ensure that the design of the new community kitchen meets the need of our community and local farmers:
Farmer and Community Survey: