A New Home In Hilo For Hawaii Island Adult Care
A groundbreaking and blessing for a new 9,000 square foot Adult Day Care Center in Hilo was celebrated on March 6, 2017. This senior project is a joint venture between the Hawaii Island Adult Care, Inc. and the Hawaii Island Community Development Corporation.
“Our success to this point is in large part due to the significant support we have received from the Hawaii County Office of Housing and Community Development Block Grant program, appropriations from the State Legislature and a large grant from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc.” said Paula Uusitalo, executive director of Hawaii Island Adult Care (HIAC). Additional grants from local foundations and corporations have made it possible for construction to begin on the new facility. “We are extremely grateful for their support.”
The HIAC Hilo Adult Day Center is currently operating in the old Hilo Hospital on Rainbow Drive. This present structure, built in 1923, is inadequate to serve the current or future needs for the growing Day Center over the next 60-70 years.
The new building will feature large open spaces for art/craft activities, physical fitness geared to elders and quiet indoor spaces for reading, socializing and relaxing. The project features a fully certified kitchen to provide hot meals, outdoor gardens and a wandering path. Construction of the new home for the program is expected to take 13 months to complete.
However, Hawaii Island Adult Care is asking for added community support to pay for the commercial kitchen equipment that will provide meals for the seniors, furnishings, and the completion of an outdoor walking and resting area for the seniors. This and other related expenses amount to an additional $600,000 needed.
“This collaborative effort between Hawaii Island Community Development Corporation and Hawaii Island Adult Care, Inc. has been a wonderful opportunity for our two not for profit organizations to ensure that our seniors are well taken care of now and well into the future” remarked Keith Kato, executive director of the Hawaii Island Community Development Corporation. “The adult day center will complement the existing and planned senior housing in the Mohouli complex that will have 182 units at full build out. The first phase with 60 units was completed in 2014, the second phase with 30 units is now under construction and funding for the last increment of 92 units has been secured from the State Housing Finance and Development Corporation. This truly has been a joint venture between many public and private organizations all with the same aim of aiding our kupuna.”
For information on how to donate to the capital campaign contact the Hawaii Island Adult Care Executive Director Paula Uusitalo at (808) 961-3747, ext. 105 or Keith Kato, Executive Director of the Hawaii Island Community Development Corporation at (808) 319-2422 or visit www.hawaiiislandadultcare.org.