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Groundbreaking and Blessing Ceremony held for new Ali`i Kai Park

Courtesy: Parks and Recreation, County of Hawaii Courtesy: Parks and Recreation, County of Hawaii
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By: Taylor Preza

A new neighborhood park featuring a keiki playground, bathrooms, and a parking lot will soon be open to the Ali`i Kai community. 

Hawai`i County Mayor Billy Kenoi and County Council Chairman Dru Mamo Kanuha joined Kona community members Wednesday for a public blessing and groundbreaking ceremony for the new park located in the Holualoa's Ali`i Subdivision. At the ceremony, Kumu Ke`ala Ching delivered a blessing to cleanse the land. 

The 1.6-acre park on Pakalana Road will also feature a pavilion, lighting, fencing, a security gate, landscaping, and an irrigation system. 

"This is not just a park," Mayor Kenoi said. "This is a pu`uhonua. This is a safe haven for our families."

This will be an addition to Mayor Kenoi's administration delivering new recreational facilities throughout the Hawai`i Island. 

According to Chairman Kanuha, it will provide recreational opportunities that did not exist when he was growing up in the Ali`i Kai neighborhood. "You can bring your families and come and play here," Chairman Kanuha said. 

The park is set to open to the public in March of 2016. 

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