Historic Kakaako building converting to a senior center

A historic building in the heart of Kakaako is set to undergo a facelift.

A groundbreaking and blessing was held Wednesday morning to turn the Kakaako pumping station into a kupuna center.

After numerous proposals to revive the 114-year-old building that has been vacant for decades, it will now be opened to seniors and children alike for education resources and activities.

“We hope to have programs that are just not only fun, but also informative and educational, because we are also pointing out that a lot of the kupunas are subject to scams and we want to help them out,” said Dr. Myaing Thein, executive director of the Pacific Gateway Center.

“Kupuna power is a state of mind,” said State Sen. Brickwood Galuteria. “It’s a state of self determination that you have authority over how you live your life, but to accomplish most of those goals, kupuna must know resources over that kind of stuff.”

An environmental assessment is underway, and once that’s done, construction could start on the center as early as May of next year.

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