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Kapālama Center received this acknowledgement for their implementation of ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, embracing Native Hawaiian culture throughout the center.

KS earns award for embracing Hawaiian language and culture at Kapālama Center

April 27, 2016

Contributed by Mae Nishimura

Kamehameha Schools has earned the Kūlia I Ka Nuʻu Award for incorporating Hawaiian language and culture throughout its retail complex, Kapālama Center. The award will be presented by the Kuini Piʻolani Hawaiian Civic Club and ‘Ahahui ‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi. Kūlia I Ka Nuʻu means “strive for the summit.”

“The Commercial Real Estate Division at Kamehameha Schools is honored to be recognized for the Kūlia I Ka Nuʻu award,” said Cathy Camp, KS planning and development director. “A lot of thought and planning was placed into the design and signage for Kapālama Center. Our goal was to embed Native Hawaiian identity throughout the development enabling the community and our Lāhui to embrace our culture.”

The Kūlia I Ka Nuʻu Awards fundraiser luncheon will be held on April 30 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Hale Kealoha Restaurant in Kailua.

“This prestigious award is intended to mahalo and appreciate the work of groups dedicated to, and who stand Kūlia for our ʻōlelo Hawai’i,” said Kalani Akana, Kuini Piʻolani Hawaiian Civic Club Pelekikena. “Monies raised from the awards ceremony go towards supporting our mānaleo members, scholarships, and advocating for the correct use of and promotion of our language.”

Over the years, Kapālama Center was also honored with an Award of Excellence from the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) for the revitalization and renovation completion in 2014. The award was given as part of NAIOP Hawaii’s Kūkulu Hale Awards which recognize excellence in the commercial real estate industry.

KS has garnered four other awards from NAIOP. They include the Developer of the Year award and renovation awards for Windward Mall Food Court and Six Eighty Ala Moana. Kolo Village Phase II also won at Kūkulu Hale. These awards support Goal 4 as outlined in the KS Strategic Plan 2020 – Kūhanauna.

This project, and others, are part of the continuing evolution of an area of major importance to the greater Honolulu community. Read more about the transformation of the 53-year-old Kapālama Center in this I Mua Newsroom story here.

About Kapālama Center:

Located at 1210 Dillingham Blvd. between Waiakamilo Boulevard and Kohou Street, Kapālama Center consists of roughly 39,000 square feet of gross leaseable space and features a mix of local and national retailers including Violet’s Grill
Wingstop, Zippy’s Restaurant.

The Kapālama Center entry sign is among the elements that helped KS earn the Kūlia I Ka Nuʻu Award from the Kuini Piʻolani Hawaiian Civic Club.

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