Children's Center gets facelift

Eddie Flores Jr
Eddie Flores Jr

By Tracy Gladden - bio | email

KAKAAKO (KHNL) - It's been around for a dozen years, now the Children's Discovery Center in Kakaako is getting a multi-million dollar facelift.

These keiki will soon have a lot more to play with at Hawaii Children's Discovery Center.

Don Horner is on the board of directors for the Children's Center.

"We have a very new water exhibit where kids will have water play which will be a substantial exhibit," he said.

Governor Linda Lingle and donors celebrate the new $6 million expansion of the center with a ground blessing and dedication of a new display at the Filipino house exhibit.

"I came to the museum about two years ago and I saw the Filipino exhibit and it was a little run down and it's not a fair representation of the filipino culture," said L&L Drive-Inn President Eddie Flores Jr.

So after two years and over $20,000 donated by AIG, the shining star of the new exhibit is a kid sized Jeepney.

"Now it's very nice it has a Jeepney it has all the exhibits of Filipino with the bamboo, steak you know everything it's fine I think it's going to be great people will love it," Flores said.

The center first opened 12 years ago.

"Since we've opened we've had 90,000 kids come through the door every year, and unfortunately we've had to turn children away the center is so popular," Horner said.

With the new 6,000 square foot expansion he hopes over 125,000 keiki will get a chance to imagine and play.

The center will also get a coat of new paint and a restaurant.