UH gives sneak peek at future Daniel K. Inouye center

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The University of Hawaii on Wednesday unveiled preliminary design concepts  for the future Daniel K. Inouye Center for Democratic Leadership.

It will be at the current Henke Hall on the University of Hawaii Manoa campus.

One of the architects said the idea is to capture the Manoa winds that wisp through the campus.

"We have this beautiful innovation zone on the ground level with televisions that can broadcast live on the great lawn," said Janine Clifford with Clifford Planning and Architecture.

"This is going to be a great place for the community.  We are going to have activities, featured speakers and activities that will draw people in and really help elevate the dialog around all the kinds of issues that Hawaii is confronted with in our public sphere." Denis Konan, Dean of College of Social Sciences said.

University leaders say the vision is to tell the senator's story, share his lessons on leadership and inspire future generations.

"I see the middle schoolers and the high schoolers and the school busses at the end of McCarthy Mall and students learning about democracy, about public service.  And many of them being inspired to follow in the senatorʻs footsteps," said Tom Apple, Chancellor.

The state is providing $10 million for the project.

The school and private donors are pitching in another $2.5 million but those numbers could rise.

"Of course, itʻs not possible to cost out until we know what the final design will look like and the various options," Apple said.

In fact, this preliminary design could change as the design committee gets more feedback from students and the public over the next few months.

"I want to see somewhere the soul of Hawaii articulated in that building.  And in this transparency of this very beautiful building, that there will still be the heart and soul of Hawaii expressed in it," said Momi Cazimero, DKI Workshop participant.

Input is welcome at the College of Social Sciences web site.


The date for when the center will be open has not been set.

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