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February 8, 2001
KAPOLEI HALE OPENED

Mayor Jeremy Harris, Honolulu City Council members, community and business leaders and individuals celebrated the completion of phase one of the city's new civic center complex in Leeward Oahu with a blessing of Kapolei Hale in Kapolei today.
The three-story building on Uluohia Street opened with a satellite city hall, driver license office, a one-stop permit office, several conference rooms and video conference equipment. Eventually, the first floor will also include office space for the Asia-Pacific Urban Technology Institute. At a later date, other city agencies will be moved to the second and third floors. Kapolei Hale will be part of a larger municipal government complex that will service the growing Ewa plain community located approximately 25 miles west of downtown Honolulu.
“This beautiful structure represents our continuing commitment to the City of Kapolei,” Mayor Harris said. “We have already built new park, fire and police facilities here and we plan to provide more services in the future.”
Today the mayor's cabinet met for the first time at Kapolei Hale. A blessing ceremony was held in the atrium followed by tours of the building.
The City and County of Honolulu is committed to create homes, jobs, commerce and government employment in Kapolei to draw people to live and work in Leeward Oahu. Directing more of our island's population growth and industry to this area will provide jobs, bring goods and services closer to Leeward residents, relieve traffic congestion in the Ewa-to-Honolulu corridor and allow families more commute-free quality time.
“Kapolei Hale is the result of a long-standing partnership between the city and the Estate of James Campbell which began in 1977 when the City Council designated the Kapolei region as Oahu's secondary urban center,” Mayor Harris said. “Since then, the city has shown its commitment to Kapolei by building a regional park, two fire stations, a police station, introducing express bus service from Kapolei to downtown and now this municipal building which will provide a full-array of services to the growing Leeward community.”
The three story building totals 100,000 square feet of floor space, cost $23 million and is located on a 7.5-acre lot next to the state's new office building. It includes two levels of basement parking and a large parking lot. A supplemental budget request is before the City Council for $1.7 million to prepare the second and third floors for occupancy.

The building was constructed by Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company and designed by Kober/Hanssen/Mitchell Architects. The completed civic center complex will be on 22 acres of land, donated to the city by The Estate of James Campbell.
The new Building Permit Center will process and issue permits for single family dwellings and other minor accessory structures such as fences and retaining walls, additions, sidewalk and driveway permits, swimming pool and solar permits. At the Driver License Office, motorists will be able to take written and road tests, renew their license or secure a duplicate license and get their initial “instruction permit.”
Kapolei will be the 10th satellite city hall on Oahu and will offer nearly two dozen services including all motor vehicle transactions, disabled parking permits, camping permits, bus passes, spay/neuter certificates, dog licensing, fireworks permits, water and property tax payments and much more.
The offices will be open 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Telephone numbers are: 692-5000 for building permits, 692-5100 for driver licensing, and 692-5400 for the satellite city hall.
The architecture of the building reflects Honolulu's vernacular heritage with references to the Alexander & Baldwin, C. Brewer buildings and Honolulu Hale and is very consistent with the urban design and architectural guidelines for the Kapolei civic center. While the design team strived to respect the past, deliberate contemporary design elements and materials were integrated into the design to illustrate the state of design and technology.
Visitors to Kapolei Hale will see the familiar “Dickey” mission style clay tile roof with double pitch roof line and sweeping eaves. The limestone panels utilized in the window bays, sills and arcades were selected for their likeness to the sand found on the Ewa beaches.
The Campbell Estate developed Kapolei and most of the surrounding residential, resort and industrial areas on what was once agricultural land growing sugar cane.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2002

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