La‘i‘Ōpua Community Center in Context

LaiOpua locationThe La‘i‘Ōpua Community Center is in the piko of the growing urban community of Kealakehe, Hawai‘i.

(A) Kaniohale, Village 3—Completed. This Hawaiian Homes community provides 225 residential units.

(B) West Hawaii Civic Center—Completed. The $50 million West Hawai‘i Civic Center offers residents a community center, amphitheater, services from 15 County agencies, a Hawai‘i County Council Chamber, and Office of the County Clerk. The seven-acre parcel is located at the intersection of Ane Keohokalole and Kealakehe Parkway.

(C) Kamakana Villages at Keahuolū—Proposed. Keahuolū is a State affordable housing project. HHFDC granted development rights to Forest City, Inc, whose plans include 2,400 high and low density residential units, an elementary school, commercial, and park space.

(D) Ane Keohokalole Highway—Completed June 2012. This 3 mile, $35 million thoroughfare to Palani Road broke ground in March 2010. Federal stimulus dollars were appropriated for the construction of this Mid Level Road from Henry and Palani to Kealakehe Parkway.

(E) Regional Park—The Governor executed the executive order establishing the Regional Park.

(F) Village 5—Under construction. The village consists of 118 residential units.

(G) Transit Oriented Development—Proposed. The county has designated the Intersection of Ane Keohokalole Highway and Manawaleÿa Street as a TOD providing public and commercial services to this area.