Farm to School

It’s an old time favorite of many families around the U.S. and it’s definitely a big hit at Kohala Complex! Today we are sharing with you Chef Greg’s Sloppy Joe recipe made with locally sourced ground beef. The sandwich is served on freshly baked buns by Kohala Complex cafeteria cooks, along with locally sourced lettuce ...
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The Kohala Complex’s cafeteria team and Chef Greg have been focusing on procuring local produce since the Hawaii Farm to School Initiative began in 2016. As a result, more school meals are being served with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, such as sloppy joes, kalua pig and cabbage, chicken stir-fry, taco salad, baked ziti with meat. ...
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Chicken and Veggies Stir-Fry is among the many favorite dishes students love to eat at the Kohala Complex. It’s served with hapa rice and a garden salad, which is prepared with locally-sourced lettuce and tomatoes.  The meal also includes a banana, which is sourced from HIP Agriculture in Kapaau.  Here’s the recipe for the chicken ...
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Change is a progress. When it comes to Farm to School Initiatives that succeed, credit has to be given to the cafeteria staff who work hard in the kitchen to prepare wholesome, fresh food day in and day out. Most of them have been working in school kitchens for many years and have seen their ...
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HONOLULU —   Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui recognized the Hawaii State Department of Education’s Kohala Complex Cafeteria Manager Priscilla Galan with a Certificate of Commendation.  Priscilla  and her staff have been working with Chef Greg Christian, president and founder of Beyond Green Sustainable Food Partners, to bring delicious local, fresh scratch-cooked food to students as one ...
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HONOLULU —  Dexter Kishida of the Hawaii Department of Education’s Food Services and Chef Greg Christian of Beyond Green Sustainable Food Partners were panelists at the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation’s Eat, Think Drink event held at the Modern Honolulu.  Both Kishida and Christian are part of the executive committee working on the Hawaii Farm to School Initiative’s Pilot Project.   JuliAnna ...
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(Caption:  Kohala Students give the shaka to their fresh, scratch-cooked chicken stir-fry.)   How are menu items selected at the Kohala Complex? The cafeteria staff put in a lot of work and research to develop a menu that students would enjoy.  To start, two rounds of surveys were conducted in December and February to understand ...
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Jean Pang

Look Who’s Cooking

Posted on Apr 3, 2017 in Farm to School

Meet Jean Pang, the head cook at the Kohala Complex. She’s been on the team and cooking for the students and staff for more than a decade. Cooks like Jean at the Kohala Complex cafeteria work very hard every day to prepare tasty meals for the students and staff. The kitchen staff is becoming more ...
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Beef Laulau

Wow Laulau!

Posted on Mar 28, 2017 in Farm to School

There are no leftovers on the day beef laulau is served at the Kohala Complex! Five hundred laulau are prepared for the students and staff. It’s made with local beef, local sweet potatoes and wrapped in local luau and ti leaves.  Students and staff gave rave reviews to the dish, which is served with steamed ...
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Here’s a picture of an all-time favorite lunch…with a twist!  Students at the Kohala Complex are enjoying this spaghetti lunch, which was made with local ground beef and local green leaf lettuce. The tantalizing aroma of new flavors filled the Kohala Complex cafeteria as the winter menu was introduced to students on January 9. Students ...
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