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  Hapai Pohaku: Respecting our past, we come together to help carry the kuleana to build our community and give future generations a sense of self and place.

Hapai Pohaku: Respecting our past, we come together to help carry the kuleana to build our community and give future generations a sense of self and place.

 

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The Kapolei Heritage Center is run by the Kapolei Community Development Corporation (KCDC) and is the product of homesteaders coming together to enhance their lifestyle and well-being.

In early 2007, Kapolei homestead leaders became aware of an opportunity to lease DHHL land to benefit the Kapolei homestead community. 

A door-to-door survey was conducted among all existing Kapolei homesteaders to identify a community initiative. The majority surveyed recommended providing a facility for the growing native Hawaiian population in Kapolei.  The homestead community also recommended providing culturally relevant programs aimed at educating, caring for and strengthening the family.

Homestead leadership petitioned the Hawaiian Homes Commission and was awarded a lease of land for community use and benefit.  Lease conditions included the formation of a separate nonprofit entity to become the lessee and serve the Kapolei homestead region.  The Kapolei Community Development Corporation (KCDC) was formed in 2008 to fulfill this purpose and implement the community's recommendation.

The KCDC board consists of community leaders from the Kapolei homestead communities - Maluohai, Kaupea, and Kanehili.  

KCDC launched a capital campaign in 2013 and received over $2 million in state and private donations to help implement its vision and mission -- The Kapolei Heritage Center.

The first phase of the Center opened in July 2016 and features a certified community kitchen and two classrooms.

Fundraising efforts are currently underway to build two additional phases.

 

Mahalo nui to our sponsors and supporters

The Founders of KCDC

 Aunty Shirley Swinney

Aunty Shirley Swinney

 Aunty Homelani Schaedel

Aunty Homelani Schaedel


Kapolei Heritage Center Groundbreaking

Kapolei Heritage Center Grand Opening