From left to right: Chris Benjamin (Hale Kipa Capital Campaign Committee Chair), President and CEO, Alexander & Baldwin; Sweetie Nelson, Director of Destination Marketing, Ko Olina Resort Operators Association; Tertia Freas, Executive Director, The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation; Punky Pletan-Cross, CEO, Hale Kipa; Ken Okamoto, Trustee, The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation; and Corbett Kalama, Vice President of Real Estate Investments and Community Affairs, Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.
Hale Kipa is proud to celebrate its planned West Oahu campus with a blessing on Monday, September 17th.
Located on 4.26 acres along Old Fort Weaver Road in Ewa, the campus will serve as the agency’s headquarters. This location will consolidate Hale Kipa’s programs and operations to improve service quality, reduce costs and build a sense of place in West Oahu. It will be completed late next year.
Through the generous support of individual donors, businesses and organizations, as well as the State of Hawaii, Hale Kipa has raised nearly all funds and committed support to build the approximately $11.6 million campus. The LEED-certified design includes residential shelters, a service center and multipurpose education administration building, and is projected to generate operating cost savings of at least $100,000 per year.
“This coordinated, community-based location will elevate the agency’s ability to improve the lives of Hawaii’s youth for decades to come,” said Punky Pletan-Cross, CEO of Hale Kipa. “We appreciate the generosity of our extended ohana for making this possible. It is very important to us that we are connected in a meaningful and spiritual way to the land, to the community, and to the work that we are privileged to do with youth and families.”
The small blessing event will be followed by a larger groundbreaking in December to include supporters, stakeholders, community members and other invited guests.