Hale Kipa, a Hawaii nonprofit youth services organization, held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for its new multipurpose campus in West Oahu.
Located on 4.26 acres along Old Fort Weaver Road in Ewa, the 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.”
The $11.6 million campus is funded by individual donors, businesses and organizations, as well as the State of Hawaii. 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.
“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.”