October 26, 2008 – Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Hundreds gathered at an empty lot in the Kealakehe section of the Big Island of Hawaii to bless the grounds of the future West Hawaii Civic Center.
Mayor Harry Kim and North Kona councilman Angel Pilago joined other officials in assisting Kumu Keala Ching deliver the ceremonial ritual.
The 85,000 square foot facility, situated on 7.2 acres of land along the Kealakehe Parkway, will consolidate 22 Hawaii County agencies and one state agency. These agencies are currently scattered at different locations throughout West Hawaii.
A Community Center and Pavillion, as well as four conference rooms, will be available for meetings.
The Department of Public Works estimates construction of the complex will take two years, with a projected public opening in 2011. The cost of the project is estimated at $50.5 million.