I have never set one up at code.google.com before either, but here it is: http://code.google.com/p/monk-search/
-- it seems easy to use so far.
What is your google ID so that I can add you?
Standard CPAN distro sounds like a plan.
I can certainly play the role :-)... The gory back end stuff will have to fall to you -- although I hope to learn more about KinoSearch's inner workings by the time we have something usable.
I will create a "brain-dump" wiki page and we can derive the list of components and stuff we need to do from there. The first order of business will of course be to decide how and what to index. We will probably also want to use 0.20?