KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A project 10 years in the making will soon become a reality for kids of the Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii. The BGCH Windward Clubhouse held a dedication ceremony at Kailua Intermediate School on Wednesday for the new upcoming Clubhouse.
The partnership between BGCH and the Department of Education will allow the Clubhouse to share facilities with the school. Students can easily access the facilities during recess and after school from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Construction will begin with two phases of the three-phase project, and is expected to be completed by the end of 2014. Phase I is a complete renovation of the boys and girls locker rooms. Phase II includes renovation and construction of a new Clubhouse with a media and technology room, demonstration kitchen for cooking classes, arts center and a recreation and social room for members.
"A dream almost ten years in the making is finally being realized today," said Tim Motts, President and CEO of BGCH. "It takes believing when no one else does. At the Boys and Girls Clubs, our mission is to help our students find a way, to chart their futures. Today, we're one step closer to helping these kids – the future of our community – follow their dreams."
For many students the Clubhouse is a safe place to hang out, complete homework and find refuge from difficulties they face in their family and personal lives.
The Windward Clubhouse opened in 2006 in an unused metal workshop classroom the school made available to BGCH. Since then, more than 100 members have come through the Clubhouse doors daily, participating in activities ranging from dance and movement, cooking, technology and "power hour" for homework studies.