La‘i‘Ōpua 2020 was founded by the homesteaders of the Kaniohale Community Association
(KCA), a Native Hawaiian homeowners association in the Villages of La‘i‘Ōpua, to ensure the
existence of adequate health care, social service and recreational infrastructure to complement
and support the Native Hawaiian homesteaders and surrounding communities residing in the
greater Kealakehe community.
Designed as a pu‘uhonua (area of safety and peace), the La‘i‘Ōpua Community Center in North Kona is distinctive—meeting the vital needs of Kona Coast residents while redefining how they live, work, play and learn. For many of those who reside here, La‘i‘Ōpua is more than the construction of a new building and center, it’s building a quality of life—a new way of life.
La‘i‘Ōpua Community Center will be on a 26.5-acre parcel immediately south and adjacent to Kealakehe High School, and serve as a primary regional resource for the Hawaiian people living both in the Villages of La‘i‘Ōpua and throughout North Kona region, offering an array of programs and services to meet most every health, social, educational and recreational needs of our people and surrounding communities.
Serving as a model for emerging communities statewide, La‘i‘Ōpua 2020 and the surrounding
communities will enjoy a pre-school, a community center facility, medical clinic, social service center, inter-generation daycare facility, abuse shelter, community gymnasium, and a aquatic center, and an amphied theater.
La‘i‘Ōpua2020 shall “holomua” (move forward), as we are compelled to phase our community development plan and develop phase one to include the pre-school, community center facility, and medical clinic. Our current construction start-up for phase one will begin in July 2011. The other social and recreational components shall follow upon availability of funding.
E Komo Mai, Come
Nana I Ke Kumu, Look to the Source
A me Kulia I Ka Nu’u, Strive for Excellence
Craig “Bo” Kahui