Food Truck Meal Service Comes to Kona Pacific!

Among the many changes coming to Kona Pacific this year is the new food service trailer that will roll onto campus this week.

This exciting new development follows the removal of the school’s previous food service tent, in preparation for the construction of the new $1.8 million community kitchen on the 38-acre property where the school is located, and a new school building on campus.

“The food truck concept came out of the necessity to create an alternative way to serve meals to our students,” says Kona Pacific’s nutrition program manager, Kelly Shehan. “But it also provides for some inspiring new opportunities.”

Kona Pacific middle school students will be very involved with the project, starting with naming the food trailer and helping to plan the art and design for its exterior.

Future prospects also include priceless learning opportunities for the middle schoolers to learn the academic and real-life relevant skills involved with growing harvesting, preparing and selling healthy, creative menus .

Kelly is putting together a team to spruce up the food trailer and ensure that it’s in full compliance with all regulations and ready to serve the children.

“Kona Pacific is already well known for its extraordinary commitment to community nutrition,” she says. “And with this new program asset, we have a great opportunity to expand that commitment into new areas.”



HĀ: Place-based Learning in the Hawaiian Context

In this 2017–18 school year, Kona Pacific has begun the process incorporating a new educational framework developed by the Office of Hawaiian Education, established by the Hawaii DOE in 2015.

The Office of Hawaiian Education started with a question: What would an educational system centered on core Hawaiian values look like?

The result of the discussion and research arising out this question was the development of Nā Hopena Aʻo (HĀ), a learning framework rooted in Hawaiiʻs indigenous context. HĀ (pronounced ʻhah”), meaning “breath” or “to breathe” in Hawaiian, supports a holistic learning process in which outcomes are meant to be demonstrated by everyone within the schools – students, teachers, staff and administrators.

Nā Hopena A‘o or HĀ are six outcomes to be strengthened in every student over the course of their K-12 learning journey, supported by faculty and staff who are models of behaviors that illustrate for students what these outcomes might look like in practice.


School Hours

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.

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Mailing address:
P.O. Box 115
Kealakekua, HI 96750