Hale Kipa held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new multi-purpose campus in West Oahu on Tuesday, December 4th. The event featured speeches by Hale Kipa leadership, a formal blessing, VIP recognition and light refreshments. Participants included supporters, stakeholders, community members and other invited guests.
Located on 4.26 acres along Old Fort Weaver Road in Ewa, Hale Kipa’s Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Campus will serve as the agency’s headquarters and 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.
“This coordinated, community-based location is the result of efforts that began in 2006 to find a permanent home for Hale Kipa,” said Punky Pletan-Cross, CEO of Hale Kipa. “The campus will provide a sense of place to the organization and the opportunity to take advantage of synergies that will enhance our ability to provide services throughout the state. We appreciate the support of our extended ohana for making this possible.”
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 multi-purpose education administration building, and is projected to generate operating cost savings of at least $100,000 per year.
“A new home for Hale Kipa in West Oahu – the geographic home to nearly one half of the youth it serves – is integral to the agency’s strategic priorities and vision for improving the lives of at-risk youth in Hawaii,” said Chris Benjamin, Hale Kipa Capital Campaign Committee Chair. “It will make Hale Kipa more efficient and effective by integrating services and reducing costs, thereby positioning it to expand its services to this important but often overlooked population. We have received tremendous support from public and private donors, who have made this new campus a reality.”