Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie has released $1 million in capital improvement grants to the Pacific Gateway Center to transform the historic Kakaako Pumping Station into a community resource center that provides services for the elderly.
The Pacific Gateway Center, a nonprofit that provides services for low-income and other marginalized groups in Hawaii, plans to use the center to offer educational programming that pairs young people with kupuna.
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“The Kakaako Pumping Station is the latest example of a facility that had fallen into disuse but now will be preserved and given the opportunity for a second life, providing area residents with a gathering place for kupuna and keiki as the community grows,” Abercrombie said in a statement.