La‘i‘Ōpua Community Center Conceptual Plan

Concept plan of LaiOpuaThe Conceptual Plan recommends developing a Community Center at La‘i‘Ōpua on the vacant parcel makai of Keanalehu Drive and adjacent to Kealakehe High School belonging to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to be leased and managed by the La‘i‘Ōpua 2020 organization. The plan calls for new construction of approximately 80,000 square feet over an area of approximately 16 acres with future expansion potential.


(A) Preschool
The Kamehameha Schools has committed to providing a preschool near the entrance of the Laiopua Community Center.

(B) Community Center Complex
As the primary anchor of the La‘i‘Ōpua Community Center, the 26,000 square foot community center complex will be the home of the La‘i‘Ōpua 2020 board.  This facility will support office spaces, conference rooms, classrooms, a dance and audio visual center, computer lab and library, a teleconference room, a multi-purpose game room, space for afterschool A+ programs and a café.

(C) Neighborhood Place of Kona
The Neighborhood Place of Kona offers their welcoming spirit to La‘i‘Ōpua. Known for their ability to create a puÿuhonua, a place of refuge and safety, their facility will support a living room reception, cubicles and enclosed offices, meeting rooms for families and large groups and work rooms at the entrance of the La‘i‘Ōpua Community Center.

(D) Medical Center
The West Hawai‘i Community Health Center (WHCHC) is committed to bringing medical, dental, behavior health, family planning, health education to La‘i‘Ōpua. As the other anchor, the 25,000 square foot medical center will have the ability to stabilize patients and call ambulatory transportation assistance. WHCHC is committed to developing a health academy in partnership with Kealakehe High School.

(E) Open Hale for Gathering
Working, eating and playing together at the Open Hale keeps the community interconnected and maintains community health. The open hale, with views of the ocean and the mountain, includes a kitchenette with flexible walls, where the community can openly gather for celebration and sharing.

(F) Gymnasium and Aquatic Center
A new gymnasium and an aquatic center containing a 50-meter pool for competition, aquatic recreation and safety instruction will expand athletic programs opportunities to Kealakehe High School. These facilities will support indoor volleyball, basketball and a family oriented pool.

(G) Recreation Center Complex
La‘i‘Ōpua 2020 and Kealakehe High School have partnered to turn existing high school playfields into regional recreational resources. New road access to the baseball fields and tennis courts along with lighting and parking are proposed to support the use of these fields by the community.

(H) Amphitheatre
Below the Hale lay an open amphitheatre for hula and other performance events.

(I) Garden Pathways
A pedestrian pathway of garden plants which promote healthy diets such as herb gardens and plants for hula and flower lei making will weave around to interconnect social service facilities.

(J) Family Day Care Center
The Family Support Services of Hawai‘i (FSSH) is committed to provide infant and toddler day care programs and educational support to existing family infant care providers at La‘i‘Ōpua. In a cluster of small cottages, the Kona Adult Day Care will also be providing support for respite and education for families and other caregivers.

(K) Child and Family Services
Child and Family Services are committed to bringing programs for Alternative to Violence, Sex Abuse Treatment and Therapeutic Foster Homes through group counseling, video conferencing, and employee assistance to La‘i‘Ōpua. The facility will be served by a cluster of small cottages.

(L) The Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of West Hawai‘i
The Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of West Hawaii partners with the State Judiciary sex assault services program for children and families and are committed to bringing these services to La‘i‘Ōpua.