Waipa Multi-Purpose Building One Step Closer to Reality
Article and photos by Anne E. O’Malley
Kamehameha Schools and the Waipa Foundation held a groundbreaking for the Waipa Multi-Purpose Building, attended by representatives of their organizations plus local and legislative dignitaries, representatives of Kamehameha Schools, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawai`i Community Foundation, University of Hawai`i and Ulupono Foundation. David K. Sproat, a Waipa founder, volunteer and staff member emceed. When introducing his daughter, Stacy Sproat-Beck, he joked “She’s my boss.” She is the executive director of the Waipa Foundation. The Rev. Mokihana Powers blessed the ground and various small groups of attendees took turns at breaking the ground with o`o, or digging sticks.