Category Archives: West Hawai‘i Community Kitchen

Kitchen Groundbreaking December 19, 2018!

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.

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 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!


West Hawaii Community Kitchen Planning Survey Report

In April 2015, we received a Grant in Aid for the construction of a community kitchen that will be available to local farmers and producers for value-added processing.

In October 2015, we 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. We recognize that it is essential to 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.



West Hawaii Community Kitchen Planning Survey

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: