The center will be Hawaii's first facility devoted to cultivating leadership in "green careers" like agriculture and sustainability. Around 100 government officials, community leaders and supporters attended the groundbreaking event.
The environmental education group has been working on the project since September when they received a lease and development approval from the Hawaii Community Development Authority to create the center.
"Today's groundbreaking represents a milestone in what has truly become a collaborative, cost-effective public-private partnership in our state," said Kupu Capital Campaign Cabinet Chair Rich Wacker. "We look forward to the many tangible benefits the Center will bring to Hawaii's growing green jobs sector and the broader community."
Improvements to the center will include a new commercial kitchen, laboratory facilities and classrooms for youth and young adult culinary programs. It will also have meeting spaces, educational and volunteer events, exhibitions, and other environmental and cultural opportunities.
The center will be part of the renovations to the Net Shed facility using $6 million in grants and donations raised by Kupu. The group will be working on the upgrades to the facility with J Kadowaki Inc, a local construction company.