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Hale Pai
Pacific American-News Journal

Iulai-July 1996 Volume 2 Issue 7

State Partners with Ali`i Trust, Office of Hawaiian Affairs and Alu Like, Inc. to build its first Multi-Service Center for Native Hawaiians on Moloka`i

In a traditional ceremony to bless the `aina at Kalama`ula on Moloka`i, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands unveiled today plans to partner with the Ali`i Trusts and several Hawaiian organizations--the Queen Emma Foundation, Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate, Lili`uokalani Trust, Alu Like, Inc., and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs--to build the first multi-service center in the state designed to house offices and programs run by these Hawaiian organizations for the betterment of native Hawaiians.

"The Hawaiian multi-service center will be more than just a building complex," said Governor Benjamin Cayetano. "It will symbolize the state's commitment to work in unison with the Ali`i Trusts, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and Alu Like, Inc. to serve the needs of Hawaiians. The concept of a one-stop service center for our Hawaiian people is a common sense approach being used by my administration to facilitate the coordinated delivery of government and private services more efficiently. The state will continue to foster partnerships like this for the benefit of all the people of Hawaii."

"The creation of the multi-service center marks an important milestone for Hawaiian organizations," said Kali Watson, Director of Hawaiian Home Lands and Chair of the Hawaiian Homes Commission. "Public and private agencies, dedicated to the betterment of Hawaiians, will join efforts to meet essential needs of thousands living in the Molokai community. Hawaiians and the state as a whole will be stronger because of this historic partnership.

"The center will offer a variety of medical and long range-term care services for the elderly, social and educational services for youth, indigent children and orphans, and vocational training services geared to strengthen Hawaiian families, values and culture. In addition to managing toe state lease to the various organizations, DHHL plans to locate an office in the center to facilitate delivery of its homestead services to the Hawaiian community," Watson said.

"The Queen Emma Foundation is excited to be a part of this collaborative effort which we hope will develop and expand on the services and programs that will benefit the Hawaiian community of Moloka`i," said Robert Oshiro, chairman and chief executive officer. "We envision the facility at Kalama`ula being the prototype for others to follow throughout the state.

"The Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate is honored and privileged to be able to participate in this endeavor and stand side-by-side with the other Ali`i Trusts," said Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate Board of Trustees Chairman Richard Wong. "This is the first time in contemporary times that we have pooled our resources in this fashion and by coming together, all of the agencies can better serve the Hawaiian people. KSBE is especially happy that the site for the state's first multi-service center of this type will be built Moloka`i where plans for a preschool are underway."

"E ho a kakou i ka lama kupono no na hulu Hawai`i. E kukulu a`e kakou no ke ea o ka`aina me ke aloha a me ke ahonui. E alu like mai ka kou, e na `oiwi o Hawai`i -- Let us all set aglow the light of goodness for our Hawaiian people. Let us all build together for our self-determination with aloha and patience," says Alu Like, Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Director, Haunani Apoliona.

This is an excellent example of inter-agency cooperation," said Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee, Sam Kealoha. "We look forward to other collaborative opportunities with the state and other members of the Ali`i Trusts.

"Hawaiians doing things together gives witness to the genuine understanding of ohana," said Monsignor Charles Kekumano, trustee for the Lili`uokalani Trust. "When they act as a family, they are able to support and encourage each other, not because of any urgency or problem, But because it is a key concept of their culture."

"This multi-service center is a welcome and needed beginning," said Walter Ritte, spokesman for Na Mea Hawai`i, a consortium of Moloka`i community representatives. "Working independently, both our island people and the Hawaiian agencies came to the realization that a multi-service center combining Hawaiian resources is much needed here. We are excited and encouraged by this united effort and see it as the foundation for growth, both for the agencies involved and for the Hawaiian people."

Plans for the center include a preschool and offices for members of the Ali`i Trusts, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Alu Like Inc., and DHHL. The project's architects are Kauahikaua and Chun, Architects. The project developer is Kamehameha Investment Corporation. Groundbreaking for the center is expected in early 1997.

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