KOLOA, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A groundbreaking and traditional Hawaiian blessing was held Tuesday for The Club at the Kukuiula Plantation House on Kauai.
Ceremony attendees included Kauai County mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr., Sen. Daniel Inouye, Sen. Daniel Akaka, Congresswoman Mazie Hirono, Dennis Esaki representing Gov. Neil Abercrombie, state rep. James Tokioka, former mayor Maryanne Kusaka and current and former county council members.
The blessing, conducted by Revered Ipo Kahaunaele-Ferreira, was held in the tree-line courtyard leading to the Plantation House's lanai entry.
"This is a moment we've all been looking forward to," Kukuiula Development Company president Brent E. Herrington said. "Club Manager Kurt Matsumoto and his team have worked tirelessly the past two years to commit this dream to reality. We wanted to create a community that honors the history of this area and I believe we've accomplished that. This milestone, achieved during the most challenging economic times, also reflects the resiliency of this island and its residents. We are honored and grateful for the support the Kauai community has provided us."
Kukuiula will complete its first new homes later this month.