Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Kitchen!
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.
After-School Nature Enrichment Program
The Nature Enrichment Program (which was formerly called the After Care Program) is our signature, nature-based, after-school program at Kona Pacific. The program is focused on connecting children to nature through the use of ancient techniques, such as Coyote Mentoring, the 8 Shields Path, and primitive wilderness skills (i.e., shelter building, fire making, and ethnobotany) to activate the unique gifts of the individual children. Enrollment for the Nature Enrichment Program is on a first-come basis, with students going on a waitlist once full.
Mariah Mann is the leader of the program, and she brings her eight years of experience with Kona Pacific and her lifetime of pursuing connection to nature to her role of overseeing the program. She is also the owner of Journeys in the Na‘au, where she offers deep nature connection experiences on the Big Island. She is surrounded by a wealth of experience in her teammates Steve Fredlund, Angelo Pugliese, Nick Kern, Alli Craig, Johannah Duff, and Cara Moreau, all of whom bring their own specific specialties to the program and love connecting children to nature.
8:00 am – 12:30 pm daily
First through Eighth Grade:
8:00 am – 2:45 pm (M,T,TH,F)
8:00 am – 1:30 pm (W)
The pu blows at 7:55, at which time the children line up for morning protocol. Morning supervision in the recess area begins at 7:30 a.m.
P.O. Box 115
Kealakekua, HI 96750