Funds In For Heritage Center

Kapolei Community Development Corporation has received $1.15 million in capital improvement funds from the state for Phase I of its Heritage Center.

The nonprofit, volunteer-run KCDC has been working for the last seven years to build the center, in line with its mission to serve the 1,000 Native Hawaiian families who live in East Kapolei II, Kanehili, Kaupea and Maluohai.

The envisioned facility will be a community and cultural learning center for Hawaiian homesteads in Kapolei. Phase I will feature classrooms, a commercial kitchen and an outdoor learning area, among other things. Eventually, KCDC hopes to add a meeting hall, business space for itself and a gallery for alii and homestead culture, including a spotlight on Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana’ole.

The one-acre Heritage Center will sit next to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands’ Kapolei headquarters.