Commercial kitchens support small business owners in preparing high quality foods at a high volume for consumers. Commercial kitchens offer the required space and professional-grade equipment without disturbing the flow of traffic around the kitchen to efficiently process food for consumption. Every brick and mortar restaurant is a commercial kitchen but these kitchens are not open to the public. However, there are commercial kitchens for rent for public use. The Pacific Gateway Center
on Oahu offers 12,576 square feet of commercial kitchen availability through their 11 commercial kitchens available for hourly rental. These kitchens are all certified by Hawaiʻi Health Department. The total number of commercial kitchens and square footage in Hawai‘i is unknown.
While the goal of doubling local food is focused on “fresh local” food such as fruits, vegetables, diary, and proteins, value added products can provide much needed additional income for food entrepreneurs. Access to commercial kitchens and processing facilities for smaller farms in a shared cooperative atmosphere could spur growth, whether it’s through restaurants with down time leasing to other parties or commercial kitchens built specifically to use on a part time basis. The total number of commercial kitchens and packaging facilities is not known, however the Hawai‘i Food Manufacturing Association
lists its registered members, and there are 102 food manufacturing companies as of 2018. These companies make “Made in Hawai‘i” products that may not be made of 100% local products, but are part of the economic engine to drive growth in the local food market.