Local businessman donates $9.2 million to help abused children - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Local businessman donates $9.2 million to help abused children

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Rendering art of Hoomalu O Na Kamalii Rendering art of Hoomalu O Na Kamalii

HONOLULU (KHNL) --  A local businessman donates $9.2 million to build a safe haven for Hawaii's abused and neglected children.

Hawaii Self Storage's co-owner Mike Wood plans to build and furnish the first-ever children's receiving home on Oahu. 

The new home, Hoomalu O Na Kamalii, which means "safe haven for our children," will be a secure and temporary place where siblings can stay together while Child Welfare Services social workers investigate their home situation due to reports of alleged child abuse or neglect.

Wood donated $1 million in August 2007 to kick-start the facility to be run by Foster Family Programs and will donate $400,000 a year for the next 20 years for operating costs.  He is donating another $200,000 for furnishings, fixtures and equipment.

"As a local business owner, I believe it is my duty to give back to the community," said Wood.  "I'd seen these kinds of homes in Utah and thought, why not Hawaii?  My hope is Hoomalu O Na Kamalii becomes a model for additional homes across Oahu and even throughout our state."

Wood and his wife, Joanne, have worked closely with Foster Family Programs to hammer out the details of the architectural plans.  

Hoomalu O Na Kamalii is expected to break ground this summer in the Villages of Maili and open its doors to Oahu's children by early 2009.

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