Kitchen and Poi Mill Construction Update

Driven by Waipā during the last month wondering about our new construction project? Or maybe you donated to our capital campaign for the Waipa Kitchen & Poi Mill a long time ago and wondered what ever happened to it?

We are so grateful and excited to report that construction of the Waipā Poi Mill, Kitchen and Hale Imu is underway!

Waipā held a ceremonial groundbreaking on July 23rd, and work started in August. From the start of conceptual design, it took 7 years to get permits, funding, and contractor in place, but these important new facilities will finally open in 2015.

Waipā looks forward to offering more classes, workshops and programs in the kitchen, as well as encouraging facility use by farmers and food entrepreneurs in our north shore communities,

If you enjoy growing food or cooking, or if you own or are interested in owning a food related business like farming, catering and value added products, we encourage you to stay in touch by joining our “kitchen” list. Contact Kalen Kelekoma at or 826-9969.


Chad Rausch and Dan Miller of Chad Rausch Construction, project general contractor; Removing dirt from the excavation for the imu; Forms set for concrete pad of the kitchen and poi mill.

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