Friday, January 31 2014 @ 09:30 AM HST Contributed by: Views:3
Kamehameha Schools’ Kapalama Center celebrates $7 million face-lift with a blessing on Thursday, January 30, 2014. The celebration marks over a year of renovations to rejuvenate the 51-year-old center.
Strictly restorative, the construction included upgrades to the center’s façade, walkways, signage and color. Sewer, plumbing and infrastructure improvements also occurred to enhance the merchant and customer experience as well as revitalize the economic activity in this area.
Located at 1210 Dillingham Boulevard, between Waiakamilo Boulevard and Kohou Street, Kapalama Center consists of roughly 39,000 square feet of gross leasable space and features a mix of local, regional and national retailers. Seven new merchants are expected to join the other existing and new businesses listed below.
Ahi & Vegetable* Dairyu Ramen & Curry Elvin’s Bakery Family Dental Clinic Grace Barber and Hair Salon Kapalama Launderette Kapalama Shoe Repair Ono Korean BBQ* Princess Gold Creations Tattoos by Bong Violet’s Grill Wingstop* Zippy’s Restaurant
*New Kapalama Center merchants
“Kamehameha is honored to be a part of this project and contribute to the vibrancy of this community,” said area development director Catherine Camp. “Mahalo to the existing merchants who remained open during construction, and a warm welcome to the new merchants who will continue to enhance the economic activity in this neighborhood.”
Kamehameha Schools’ lands in Kapalama represent a strategic holding because of their location and size. The redevelopment of four-acre Kapalama Center fits into Kamehameha’s vision to revitalize the Kapalama district as a “live, work, jam, and learn” urban center, from Nimitz Highway up Waiakamilo Road and along Kapalama Canal.
This project, and others, will be part of the continuing evolution of an area of major importance to the greater Honolulu community.
Revenue generated by Kamehameha Schools’ lands, including this newly renovated center, help to fulfill the Schools’ mission by supporting the education of more than 47,000 learners every year and provide funds for literacy program in more than 220 public school classrooms; 17 public charter schools that educate 4,200 students; more than 75 community program collaborations; and many other educational services throughout Hawai?i.