An October 10, 2016 blessing is scheduled for the long awaited renovation of the idle Hanalei Courthouse building across from the Wai’oli Hui’ia Church to the new Hanalei Neighborhood Community Center.
The almost $1M joint project between the departments of Public Works and Parks and Recreation calls for the renovation, redesign and upgrade of the historic Hanalei Courthouse that used to house judicial staff for the Hanalei district. Department of Parks and Recreation Director Leonard “Lenny” Rapozo Jr. said the history behind the 2.5-acre property dates back to Oct. 8, 1940, when then Gov. Joseph Poindexter issued an executive order establishing the courthouse. It’s been closed and fallen into disrepair since 2006 when the Hawaii State Judiciary opened the new courthouse complex in Lihue.
Plans being considered by county officials call for the center to be used as a hosting site for youth and senior programs, classes, community events, public meetings and police and fire personnel in times of disasters. The county Planning Department, Rapozo said, is also requiring the Department of Parks and Recreation to install walkways along the property and Kuhio Highway as a part of the ADA-compliant upgrades being considered at the facility.