Kaneohe Ranch

Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii expansion moves forward

August 7, 2013
By Jenna Blakely

 

The Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii hopes to break ground by year’s end on a new Windward clubhouse — expansion plans that have been in the works for a few years, said President and CEO Tim Motts.

The Hawaii chapter, with 10 sites on Oahu and Kauai, is outgrowing its current space, said Motts, who has been leading the chapter for two years. He previously ran the Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club.

“Between our 10 sites, we have served over 14,000 kids in the last year,” he told me. “We are actually one of the largest chapters in the country. We have 700 kids registered at the Windward clubhouse, so we’ve started to outgrow the need there, which is a good problem to have.”

The Windward clubhouse is located on the grounds of Kailua Intermediate School at 145 S. Kainalu Drive in Kailua. The nonprofit has partnered with other community and government leaders, including the state Department of Education, to build the new clubhouse on the school grounds.

“We’re moving full-steam ahead with that,” Motts said. “Now, we’re dealing with all of the legwork from permits to bids … but we’re sure optimistic that we will have everything done and ready to break ground before Jan. 1 of 2014.”

Meanwhile, the Hawaii chapter is in the midst of planning a capital campaign that will help fund the needed expansion. Helping to jumpstart the campaign is Yelp’s Passport to Kailua event this month, where Yelp of Honolulu Community Manager Emi Hart will accept donations to benefit the clubhouse expansion.