In an effort to determine their own destiny, obtain self-governance, and independence from the state's oversight, and after many years of intensive community-based planning, the Nanakuli Hawaiian Homestead Community Association (NHHCA) with the help of Hawaiian Community Development Board (HCDB) is developing a major “village center” project that will include a multipurpose learning center, a 48-unit affordable rental housing complex, a commercial center with Longs Store as the major anchor tenant, and a community health center. Pursuant to a 65-year general lease to NHHCA from Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL), this exciting community development project which will be ideally located on a 13.57 acre site centrally located in the Nanakuli community (adjacent to the Nanaikapono Elementary School and the new YET Boys & Girls Club).
Agnes Kalanihookaha Cope Learning Center
The Agnes Kalanihookaha Cope Learning Center, with a projected development cost of $20 million, represents one phase in the overall "village center" project. Kamehameha Schools has tentatively agreed to fund its construction. It will consist of a two-story facility and a large banquet hall with a certified kitchen. On the first floor, Kamehameha Schools will have administrative offices and classrooms for various school programs. Classrooms will also be made periodically available to the Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association's Ola Hawaii instructional program geared to training people for employment at Disney's Aulani Hotel and Ko Olina, Kaipo Pamaikai Sr.'s Waianae Martime Academy, Na Mea's Waianae Moku initiative of locally grown products for sale, and the Dyslexia Tutoring Center of Hawaii, Inc. . On the second floor, there will be classrooms and offices for UH's Ho'o Kulaiwi teachers recruitment and training program, the University of Hawaii West Oahu health care and nursing programs, and the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center's multi-learning center. Cope Center will also provide a home for the Waianae Coast Culture and Arts Society, and a management and services office for NHHCA . The certified community kitchen will be available for community product development and culinary training.
Nanakuli Commercial Center
This $15 million Nanakuli Commercial Center is a collaboration between Nanakuli Hawaiian Homestead Community Association and semi private development, being comprised of HCDB, developer Piilani Group and broker Sofos Realty Corporation for the development of a 47,000 s.q. retail/office commercial project. Fronting Farrington Highway, this new one story shopping center will have a Hawaiian cultural plantation theme motif. Anchor tenant is Longs Drug Store. Smaller tenants may include an L&L Restaurant, pizza parlor, Hawaiian food restaurant, sushi restaurant, surf shop, clothing store, yogurt outlet, coffee store, nail salon, or cell phone company. For smaller community businesses, there will be kiosks available and located within the main commercial inline building.
Nanakuli Community Health Center
The community owned and run Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center has tentatively agreed to build a 10,000 sq. ft. single story, stand alone facility that will house a pediatric dental clinic, an adult medical clinic, and pharmacy. With the many health and dental problems plaguing our Hawaiian families in Nanakuli, the need for such a centrally located and readily accessible health center is quite apparent.
Nanakuli Village Center's overall planning, acquisition of funding and construction is being handled by HCDB.
Please click on photos below to enlarge images. Hawaiian Electric Company presentation of $100,000 donation to the construction of the Community Center.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 24 October 2012 13:53)