PAHALA, Hawaii – Uncle Bobby Gomes, present on the day of the groundbreaking for the Kaʻū District Gym and Shelter four years ago, offered a short blessing during Wednesday’s opening of the finished facility in Pahala. Father Martin Mwanshibula of Holy Rosary Parish assisted.
The Kaʻū District Gym and Shelter is a 43,300 square foot structure with three basketball and volleyball courts, a kitchen, offices, locker rooms, storage and meeting spaces. The facility will provide a safe haven for Kaʻū residents in the case of a natural disaster or compromised air quality.
The project was funded by the State of Hawaii, constructed by the County of Hawaii, and will be cooperatively managed by the Department of Parks and Recreation for both school and public use.