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Ke Kupu Malamalama Updates

The campus renovation project on the Kapālama campus has seen the Koai‘a PE/Athletics Complex, the two main buildings of the middle school, Ka‘ōleiokū and Keli‘imaika‘i, and Ka‘iwakīloumoku have its opening ceremonies. Now, the focus of the construction is on the parking structure next to the Kekūhaupi‘o Gymnasium and the middle school dormitories.

Traffic and Parking Information

KS Kapālama middle school drop-off and pick-up will be limited to the first Ali‘i Road entrance, when entering from the Makuakāne gate (drop-off starts at 6 a.m., with pick-up starting at 3:10 p.m.), at the Bishop Drive Bus Hale, above Kekūhaupi‘o Gymnasium, and at the terminal on School Street. All bus drop-off and pick-up for middle schoolers will occur at the Elementary school bus terminal. All traffic on Ali‘I Road will be strictly a moving drop-off/pick-up area. Parking there is limited to staff only.

Elementary school drop-off and pick-up will be at the KES Blacktop (open at 6:45 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3:45 p.m., closed between 3 and 3:45 p.m. without a special permit), with additional parent pick-up coming through the Makanani Gate, which will only be open from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.

Malalo Field Parking Structure

With the completion of the other projects, the construction of the parking structure, at the old Malalo field site (next to Kekuhaupi‘o Gymnasium), is getting done quickly. After the ground had been leveled and the foundation was put down, the structure has been being built, piece-by-piece. The large structure, which will include seven levels of parking, in a bi-level design, will allow for 477 total stalls in the structure. Once completed, there will be two entry points to the structure. One will be off of Bishop Drive, at about the middle of the structure. The other will be on the roadway going towards the gym. There will also be a bridge connecting the structure to Kūnuiākea stadium. The parking structure will have one elevator on the makai end and a stairwell on each side. It is projected to be completed in January of 2013.

Ka‘iwakīloumoku (Hawaiian Culture Center)

Ka‘iwakīloumoku, meaning the ‘iwa bird that hooks the islands together, referring to the efforts of Kamehameha ‘Ekahi to unify the Hawaiian islands, consists of two main buildings and a large open kahua. The two buildings are the hale mana and the hale ‘aha. Outside, there is also a large Kahua deck with a large turf field, with an imu just outside the hale ‘aha. Those three are all on the second floor with parking and a couple of classrooms on the ground floor

The hale mana, or administrative center, is named after the late Myron “Pinky” Thompson. Thompson, a former Kamehameha Schools trustee, was an advocate for the preservation and perpetuation of the Hawaiian culture, and eventually, for a center for Hawaiian culture to be practiced. The Myron Pinky Thompson Hale includes administrative offices, a conference room, a mo‘olelo room, a media room and two multi-purpose rooms. Inside features include a kaupoku, or ridgepole at the top, the Hawaiian star compass on the ground, an original steering paddle from the 1976 Hōkūle‘a voyage, koa fascia with the chants, “‘O ‘Oe Ia e Kalani Nui Mehameha” and “Nā Kini Pua Lei Mamo Hawai‘i,” and Pinky’s Pule.

The hale ‘aha, or assembly hall, is named Ululani Hale, honoring a revered high chiefess and distinguished poet. Along with the large assembly hall, the hale also features a Hawaiian food preparation classroom, with a functioning imu just outside, and a Hawaiian arts classroom.

The kahua, or courtyard, is named Kūkulu O Kahiki, referring to the distant boarders of the ancestral homelands from which Hawaiians trace their Polynesian origins.

‘Oiwi Television did a story to cover the opening of the center on their website.

Middle School

The new Kapālama middle school will feature six buildings. The two main buildings are for classrooms and administration, and were completed for the 2012-13 school year. The main classroom building will be three floors and is named Keli‘imaika‘i, after the younger and full brother of Kamehameha I. One floor is for the library, multi-media areas and health/home economics, with the other two floors for seventh and eighth-grade classrooms. The second large building includes the administration, the dining room and kitchen, along with performing arts and counseling. That building is named Ka‘ōleiokū, after the first born son of Kamehameha I, who was the grandfather to Bernice Pauahi Bishop. The other four buildings include a fitness center, a chiller plant and the two dormitory buildings.

The temporary modulars, which housed the middle school during construction of the two main buildings, have been moved off-site, and are scheduled to be donated to public charter schools around the islands. Construction on the two dormitories will begin in August, after the Ka‘iulani and Kekū‘aiwa buildings are demolished.

‘Oiwi Television did a story to cover the opening of the middle school on their website.

Middle School Dedication Photo Gallery.

Koai‘a (PE/Athletics Complex)

The opening ceremony was held for Koai‘a, the new Physical Education and Athletics building on the Kapālama campus, on Friday, February 17, as the first piece of the Ke Kupu Mālamalama construction project was completed.

The building, which will house both PE and athletics, is three stories and is located where the old athletics locker room was, between the Kūnuiākea field and the Kalaniopu‘u swimming pool. The top story has offices and classrooms that will be shared between PE and athletics. The second floor houses the two locker rooms, where every high school student will have their own locker for use in both PE and athletics, and the equipment rooms. The bottom floor has a large weight room and training room with area for storage.

The building was named Koai‘a after the senior trainer and instructor of Kekūhaupi‘o, Kamehameha the Great’s famous warrior for whom the campus’ main gymnasium is named after.

Students have been using the facility in the later parts of the 2011-12 school year and now through the summer for off-season workouts. They will begin to use the locker rooms this fall.

For pictures of the ceremony, the January 13 soft blessing, and of the facility as a whole, visit our Koai‘a Facebook Photo Gallery.

For a photo gallery that shows aerial updates throughout the process, visit our Ke Kupu Mālamalama Facebook Photo Gallery.