Large Grant Awarded For Wai­pio Ok­i­nawan Cen­ter Ren­o­va­tions

MidWeek Islander (Central Oahu) - - Central Oahu Sports -

A con­tri­bu­tion of $200,000 has boosted a ma­jor fundrais­ing ef­fort for Hawaii Ok­i­nawa Cen­ter (HOC), a 22-yearold community and cul­tural cen­ter at the heart of Cen­tral Oahu at Wai­pio Gen­try Busi­ness Park.

The Hawaii United Ok­i­nawa As­so­ci­a­tion has set a goal of $950,000 for needed im­prove­ments and re­pairs to the fa­cil­ity, which is lo­cated on Ukee Street.

On the list of to-do projects is re­plac­ing the air con­di­tion­ing chiller, up­grad­ing the air-han­dling unit, re­mod­el­ing the stage, re­plac­ing out­dated lights, and in­te­rior and ex­te­rior resur­fac­ing.

The gen­er­ous grant came from the Al­bert T. & Wal­lace T. Teruya Foun­da­tion, a long­time sup­porter of HOC.

The late broth­ers, who founded Times Su­per­mar­ket, also were among the largest donors when the cen­ter was built in 1990. The goal now is to re­store the beauty of its Teruya Pavilion.

HOC can seat 1,200 peo­ple and serve up to 850 guests at ban­quets. It has hosted many community events, work­shops, con­certs and wed­dings over the years.

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