Cultivating a future

  • Rowan Kotner offers Elvira Dibrigit ceremonial sweet potato, coconut, taro and ulu at the groundbreaking and blessing for the new Community Kitchen at Kona Pacific Public Charter School Wednesday morning. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Kumu Keala Ching performs a blessing at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Community Kitchen at Kona Pacific Public Charter School Wednesday morning. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Usha Kotner, left, Gretchen Currie Ramirez and Michael Kramer break ground for the new Community Kitchen at Kona Pacific Public Charter School Wednesday morning. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Kona Pacific Public Charter School students Zakai Kramer, left, Mana Lin and Francis Fichtner get a turn to break ground for the new Community Kitchen on Wednesday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

KEALAKEKUA — Standing behind a low heap of earth near the boundary of North and South Kona, Michael Kramer, Usha Kilpatrick Kotner and Gretchen Ana Currie Ramirez each pushed an ’o’o into the soil and pulled it back out, officially breaking ground on the new community kitchen near Kona Pacific Public Charter School.