September of 2006 marked the beginning of a new chapter in the life of Kawaiaha‘o Church. In 2002, the congregation decided that the present administrative office building and the social hall, also known as Likeke Hall, should be demolished and a new two-story structure erected in its place. The new building, to be called the Multi-Purpose Center, will provide much-needed office space, additional classrooms and meeting rooms, a conference room, a new social hall, and a modern kitchen. The new building will also contain a reading library, the church archives, and a mini-museum of church antiquities.
Changes to the Sanctuary Lower Level
The old bookstore was converted into the Royal Wedding Center office. The remodeled sanctuary basement currently houses the Kawaiaha'o staff, several offices, two conference rooms. It will eventually be converted into and a comprehensive facility for the Ministry of Music and Performing Arts, including a larger choir rehearsal room and two smaller rehearsal rooms, which can be used for drama or dance.
Looking Toward the Future
In a transition to a more eco-friendly outlook, the new Multi-Purpose Center will be built using the latest environmentally responsible techniques and materials including a photo voltaic electricity generating system.. The planned use of recyclable materials, energy saving electrical lighting/devices, super-insulation and other sustainable methods represents a commitment to the Hawaiian concept of malama 'āina, to care for the land.
Project Duration and Schedule
Preliminary site preparation began in September 2007, with demolition of the old buildings completed in November 2007. Because of delays in building permits, construction work began in early 2009. However, after starting the project, unexpected occurrences resulted in further delays of nearly two years. Once started, construction of the new facility will be completed in 16 to 18 months.
Costs and Funding
The cost of the entire project is estimated at $17.5 million. Funding will come from a combination of personal contributions, charitable giving by local companies and foundations, government grants, etc., over several years. More information can be found in our quarterly Punawai newsletters.
Timetable for Completion
The entire project is expected to be completed by the end of 2012
Development Support and Contributions
Kawaiaha‘o Church appreciates your interest in this very important project. Monetary contributions can be sent to the Capital Campaign Committee.