By Léo Azambuja
The YWCA Women’s Center in Lihu‘e has been in operation since the end of last summer, but it was only in February that the nonprofit’s newest building had its official grand opening, complete with a blessing ceremony.
“It is enabling us to enhance services while offering something to build on and grow from here,” YWCA Executive Director Renae Hamilton said of the new facility adjacent to the YWCA’s administrative office.
Kahu Kaeo Bradford blessed the $2 million property, which was made possible with massive support from the community, including grants and donations from businesses and individuals.
Hamilton said three-quarters of the building are already paid off, and hopefully future donations will cover the remaining cost for the facility so it can be mortgage-free.