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Value-added product development center opens in Wahiawa

The Wahiawa Value-Added Product Development Center held its grand opening Friday afternoon. A partnership between Leeward Community College and the state, the 33,000-square-foot educational facility features state-of-the-art equipment, including wet and dry kitchens, a high pressure processing chamber, an allergen kitchen, and storage and packaging areas.

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Miriam Olivas, owner of Barrio Cafe, smiles while prepping samples for guests at the Wahiawa Value-Added Product Development Center.
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The Wahiawa Value-Added Product Development Center held its grand opening Friday afternoon. A partnership between Leeward Community College and the state, the 33,000-square-foot educational facility features state-of-the-art equipment, including wet and dry kitchens, a high pressure processing chamber, an allergen kitchen, and storage and packaging areas.
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Guests sample food and other local items inside the new center on Friday.
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Guests sample food and other local items inside the new center on Friday.
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Guests sample food and other local items inside the new center on Friday.
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People take a first look at the kitchen facilities.
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Volunteer Don Maruyama, top left, leads VIPs and lawmakers on a tour of the kitchen facilities.
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Volunteer Don Maruyama, top left, leads VIPs and lawmakers on a tour of the kitchen facilities.
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Volunteer Don Maruyama, right, leads VIPs and lawmakers on a tour of the kitchen facilities.
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Volunteer Don Maruyama, right, leads VIPs and lawmakers on a tour of the kitchen facilities.
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Volunteer Don Maruyama leads a tour of the kitchen facilities.
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Poni Askew, co-owner of Hawaiian Vinegars and Spice, smiles while passing out samples to guests.
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Brandon Askew, left, and wife Poni, owners of Hawaiian Vinegars and Spice, prepare samples for guests.
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Mona K. Wood, of Ikaika Communications, right, smiles as small businesses prepare to greet guests with samples.
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Mona K. Wood, of Ikaika Communications, looks at the new kitchen facilities.
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The new kitchen facilities —both wet and dry— at the new Center on Friday.
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The new kitchen facilities —both wet and dry— at the new Center on Friday.

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