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May 15, 2021
May Update: Calling All Volunteers!
Mahalo to the dedicated volunteers who came out to help on Saturday, April 24. The new plantings need TLC to keep the landscaping weed-free and beautiful. Volunteers working together make all the difference at our community park, so that everyone can enjoy the lush greenery.

If you'd like to lend a hand as a volunteer, there will be many opportunities to help out in June and during the summer. Click the Get Involved tab and sign up in advance. Thank you for your continued support!

Photo courtesy of Pili Valderrama
May 15, 2021
April 12, 2021
April Update: Community Volunteers Make a Difference!
Saturday April 10 marked the first spring community volunteer weeding project at park. Mahalo to the Rotarians, neighbors, new friends and members of the Waikiki District 6 Community Policing Team who volunteered, and to Rotarian Reese Liggett who organized the effort.

By 11 am, the teams filled 40 recycled grain bags with weeds, and beautified the shrubbery beds and sidewalk border. Mahalo to in-kind donors Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach for parking and Waikiki Brewing Company for the grain bags.

Next opportunity to help is on Saturday morning, April 24. Other volunteer opportunities are picking up litter and possibly assisting the Parks Department with related projects. Click the Get Involved tab and sign up in advance. Mahalo for your continued support!

Photo courtesy of Reese Liggett
April 12, 2021
March 26, 2021
March Update: It's spring and the plants are flourishing!
The park has been open to the public for several weeks now and has become a focal point for the community. There are a variety of users in many age groups throughout the day. The plants continue to flower, adding color and interest for park users. We are anxiously awaiting the first blooming of the Bombax trees.

Two volunteer work days are coming up on Saturdays, April 10 and 24, to help with weeding in the park. Other volunteer opportunities are picking up litter and possibly assisting the Parks Department with related projects. If you would like to help, click the Get Involved tab and sign up.

The archeological survey, conducted at the beginning of the project, revealed the presence of a large kuauna crossing the site. A kuauna is a bank along a stream, and in this case, it separated the Ali‘i lands on the makai side with the coconut trees from the taro fields which stretched mauka into Mānoa and Palolo. After discussions with the cultural descendants, we have left this significant feature in place and relocated trees and light poles so as not to disturb the bank. It’s an important part of the history of the site and will be incorporated into future signage.

Behind the scenes preparation for the next phases involve permitting and fundraising. If you would like to make a gift, click the Donate button. Mahalo for your continued support!

Photo courtesy of Robyn McCreary
March 26, 2021
February 2, 2021
The park is open and it's beautiful!
Centennial Park Waikīkī hours are 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily. The Seaside and Royal Hawaiian Avenue gates are open. Take a walk around the park, and let’s safely enjoy and protect our new green oasis in Waikīkī.

The landscaping includes a wide variety of plant life ranging from Monkeypod and various palm trees, to smaller plants like pōhinhina, ti, ginger, and spider lilies (now blooming), surrounding a lush lawn of St. Augustine grass. For questions and concerns about the park, contact the City & County Parks Department at (808) 768-3003 from 7:45 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. or parks@honolulu.gov.

Next steps: The fundraising continues for Phase 2, which includes installation of seating, a surrounding rock wall, decorative fencing, gates and more. Click Donate to make a contribution and click Get Involved to volunteer. Mahalo for your continued support!

Photo courtesy of Carolann Biederman
February 2, 2021
February 1, 2021
February Update: Mayor Rick Blangiardi officially opens the Park!
February 1 was a landmark day for Centennial Park Waikīkī — it’s open and it’s beautiful. Mayor Rick Blangiardi was most gracious in accepting the park on behalf of the City and County of Honolulu. Congratulations to the hard-working volunteers on the Rotary Centennial Park Committee. We also want to congratulate all of the volunteers for their hands-on labor in the park, putting it all together, and the many generous donors, community supporters and neighbors who believed in the vision that has brought the park to this milestone moment.

Photo courtesy of David C. Livingston
February 1, 2021
January 22, 2021
Mahalo volunteers!
Many hands and merry fellowship made the landscaping work go quickly on Saturday, January 16. More than 25 well-masked Rotarians and community volunteers spread wood chips to keep the weeds under control and beautify the Park's inside perimeter. Mahalo for your hard work!

More volunteer opportunities will be announced soon. Click Get Involved to sign up or ask a question.

Photo courtesy of Robyn McCreary, Celebrations Event Photography
January 22, 2021
January 10, 2021
January Update: Call for volunteers and mahalo to donors!
The Rotary Club of Honolulu’s Rotary Action Team and community volunteers will convene on Saturday, January 16, from 8 until noon. The hands-on work inside the park includes spreading woodchips for weed control and adding visual appeal around the inside perimeter. It’s a great opportunity to help our park get ready for its public debut.

We will follow all safety protocols and pre-registration is required. Click Get Involved to sign up.

The $25,000 matching challenge fundraiser ended successfully on December 31 with more than 50 donations from generous park neighbors and friends. Mahalo to everyone who participated!

Photo courtesy of Nancy Marker
January 10, 2021
December 15, 2020
December Update: Mayor Kirk Caldwell holds blessing in the Park
Mayor Kirk Caldwell was joined by Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation Director Michele Nekota, Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts Executive Director Misty Kela‘i, and Rob Hale and Bub Wo from the Rotary Club of Honolulu to bless Centennial Park Waikiki on December 15.

According to the Mayor, it's the City’s 304th park location. “We came together and transformed an area in the heart of Waikiki that had long been neglected. This park has been transformed into a much needed and long dreamed of green space for the residents of Waikiki.”

The City expects to officially open the park for public use in February 2021, prior to the start of Phase 2 construction.

Photo courtesy of William Kuencer
December 15, 2020
Photo credit: William Kuencer, Park Neighbor
November 23, 2020
November Update: Phase 1 construction is complete
The decades-long vision of the late Bill Sweatt, his wife Helen and many Waikiki neighbors has finally become a reality! The stunning transformation of the site from a vacant lot to a beautiful green space is a source of pride for everyone involved.

Phase 1 construction, “making it green,” started in March and was completed this month. The lot is now home to trees large and small. The site is nicely landscaped with sod and new plants are taking root. We've begun the intense landscape management period, which is essential to maintain the health and safety of the plantings.

We're also working closely with the City & County to complete several necessary requirements, so that the City can officially open the park for public use, prior to the start of Phase 2 construction. The current transition work requires cash — $25,000 before December 31 — and we humbly ask for your support and that of your friends and neighbors.

Every gift will be DOUBLED through a generous Matching Challenge from seven members of the Rotary Club of Honolulu to reach the financial goal. Click on the Donate button today to make your tax-deductible contribution.

Centennial Park Waikiki is the result of dedicated individuals working together from many sectors of our community. Watch for updates about hands-on volunteer projects in the near future and sign up by clicking the Get Involved tab.

Your participation and donations will help to open Centennial Park Waikiki in 2021. Will you join us in creating an oasis of greenery for educational, cultural and family activities? Mahalo for your support!

Photo courtesy of William Kuencer
November 23, 2020
October 23, 2020
October Update: Volunteer Spirit Abounds
Masked Rotarians, neighbors and other community volunteers worked together in Centennial Park on September 28. They staked ti plants and removed the rock driveway. On October 10, they mulched beds of shrubs and ground cover; removed waste concrete and other trash from the Seaside Avenue fence, filled in the former driveway with topsoil to complete the beds, and filled the trench at the raised platform with topsoil.

Once again, the Courtyard Marriott Waikiki Beach donated parking and Hawaiian Electric donated lunches to the hard-working volunteer crew.

Looking ahead, there will be more community-spirited volunteer opportunities. Sign up by clicking the Get Involved tab.

Donations are another important way you can be involved. Please consider making a tax-deductible financial gift today by clicking the Donate tab.

Thank you very much for your on-going support as we build Centennial Park Waikiki together for our community.

Photo courtesy of Paul Saito
October 23, 2020
September 21, 2020
Centennial Park Greens Up!
The sod for the grass lawn was planted on September 11. On September 18 and 19, the amazing crew of 76 volunteers from the neighborhood, Rotary Clubs and the greater community lent their hands and hearts to “make it green” by planting shrubs and ground cover in Centennial Park.

Special mahalo to Reese Liggett, Co-chair of the Rotary Club of Honolulu’s Rotary Action Team (RAT Pack), who organized the planting, and to all of the individuals who worked so hard and stayed safe in well-spaced planting zones, and followed the General Contracting Association of Hawaii guidelines.

Mahalo to Courtyard Marriott Waikiki Beach for donating the parking and Hawaiian Electric for donating lunches to the weekend volunteer crew.

Your financial contribution is equally important to help reach the short-term fundraising goal of $90,000 by September 30. Tax-deductible gifts are easy to make, just click on the Donate tab.

Thank you very much for your on-going support as we build Centennial Park Waikiki together for our community.

Photo courtesy of Howard Wolff www.howardwolffphotography.com
September 21, 2020
September 4, 2020
September Update: The large shade trees are in the ground!
All of the large trees, including the Monkey Pods, were planted prior to Labor Day weekend. The sod for the grass lawn is anticipated on site by the middle of the month.

September is your opportunity to lend a hand to “make it green” and contribute to the beautification of Centennial Park. Volunteer action and financial contributions are critically important right now.

Reese Liggett, Co-chair of the Rotary Club of Honolulu’s Rotary Action Team (RAT Pack), is organizing three work dates for volunteers to install shrubs and ground cover throughout the park. The schedule includes Friday, September 18, and Saturdays, September 19 and 26.

The plan divides the park into zones to facilitate social distancing for small groups of masked volunteers to stay safe while they dig in the newly laid topsoil. As Reese says: “the digging will be easy and the result will be astonishing.”

Please sign up on the Get Involved tab. Reese will contact you to confirm your participation and to provide details for the planting effort. There are many time slots available and free parking too. Tax-deductible gifts are easy to make, just click on the Donate tab.

Mahalo for your on-going support as we build Centennial Park together for our community.

Photo courtesy of Paul Saito
September 4, 2020
August 21, 2020
August Update: The large shade trees are coming!
Wow, hurry up and wait and then the rocket takes off! After working for more than a month to find suitable topsoil, the search is over and deliveries are in process. The crew has begun planting smaller trees and getting the site ready for the Monkey Pods and other large shade trees in the next few weeks.

If you've been thinking about supporting Centennial Park, now is the time to help with a donation. With your contribution, we'll be able to “Make it Green.”

Please share the good news with your friends and neighbors, because everyone is welcome to participate in this community effort. We look forward to hearing from you. Mahalo!

Photo courtesy of Paul Saito
August 21, 2020
July 26, 2020
July Update: Fundraising is hot!
This week marks 12 months since Centennial Park's official groundbreaking and blessing. Active on-site construction is turning the dusty, vacant lot into a green oasis. The vision for Centennial Park could not have moved forward without many donations by generous community members over the past five years. We've made significant progress to date, having raised $531,538 in cash and in-kind services valued at $516,963. Thank you all for your support!

This week also marks the start of our expanded fundraising effort to secure $90,000 more cash in hand by September 30, which is necessary to complete Phase 1.

One third of that $90,000 is already committed as a match, to inspire the next $30,000 in the door. Please click the Donate tab to make your secure on-line gift, or download the pledge form and mail it with your check.

A separate fundraising campaign is underway to raise $400,000 for Phase 2 construction and $50,000 for Phase 3 signage.

Thank you for your kind willingness to consider supporting Centennial Park today. We would also appreciate your outreach to friends and neighbors who may wish to support the Park. We look forward to hearing from you. Mahalo!

Rendering graphic donated by G70.
July 26, 2020
July 22, 2020
July Update: Got topsoil?
On-site construction is well underway, the walking path is looking great, and ground preparation continues, despite a temporary pause in July. More photos and video at: www.facebook.com/rotaryclubofhonolulu.

Why the pause? Our topsoil source was not adequate for the amount of ground fill required. Alternative sources of soil must first be tested, analyzed and approved. The search has been more challenging than anticipated, and we are now testing samples from the 7th and 8th possible locations. Once the approved topsoil is on-site and set in place, the large Monkey Pod trees can be planted.

Want to get more involved? Sign up as a volunteer on the Get Involved tab. Following the major landscaping, we anticipate that community volunteers will be invited to join the hands-on effort to plant ground cover and smaller plants in September. Stay tuned for details!

Photo courtesy of Paul Saito
July 22, 2020
June 12, 2020
The walking path inside the park is nearly complete !
The concrete has been poured and the walking path can be seen winding through Centennial Park. Concrete for the existing driveway area will be poured at a later date.

The first four truckloads of topsoil are on-site, and deliveries will continue over the next few weeks. When the ground preparation is ready, Monkey Pod trees and sod will be planted to "make it green."

As volunteers ourselves, we invite your support and participation - click the Get Involved and Donate tabs for ways to help.

Photo courtesy of Paul Saito
June 12, 2020
June 8, 2020
The pouring of concrete has begun!
Centennial Park’s features are really taking shape, with natural boulders placed around the raised platform. The forms for the pathway through the park are laid out and the pouring of concrete has begun. The dedicated Hawaiian Dredging crew expects to complete the pathway soon, followed by ground preparation for the Monkey Pod trees and sod.

Planning continues for the volunteer effort to help plant small trees and shrubs this summer. If you'd like to volunteer, click on the Get Involved tab and sign up. If you'd like to make a financial contribution, click on the Donate button. We welcome your participation and support!

Photo courtesy of Reese Liggett
June 8, 2020
May 22, 2020
All 14 coconut palms have been planted!
The planting of all 14 coconut palms was completed this week and the first section of the raised platform is in place. Electrical conduits for the future lighting system, infrastructure for the irrigation system and pathway frames are being finished in anticipation of the pathway concrete poured.

Expect more big changes in June, when our large Monkey Pod trees are planted, stones are placed around the raised platform and the concrete pathways are finished. Planning has started for the volunteer effort to help plant small trees and shrubs. Timing is targeted for July, provided that a group can gather together safely. Hawaiian Electric continues its own project at the site. Mahalo to Rick Towill and Rob Hale who are working with contractor Hawaiian Dredging to get our Park completed.
May 22, 2020
April 21, 2020
The first seven coconut palms were planted today!
The planting is part of the first phase of construction work, which started in March, and more coconut palms and large monkey pod trees are on the way. Work at the Centennial Park site is being done with COVID-19 prevention protocols, which include physical distancing and the wearing of masks.

Phase 1, including trees, grass and pathways, is expected to be completed by the end of May. Once it’s safe to have gatherings, we will plan a volunteer community effort to plant the park’s ground cover.

The Centennial Park Committee continues fundraising efforts for Phase 2 construction work that will include an exterior rock wall topped by a metal picket wraparound fence, gates and new lighting. All of this progress is due to the efforts of our fantastic volunteer team of Rotarians and community partners. Stay tuned for more good news!
April 21, 2020
March 13, 2020
Hooray! Construction Underway! The trees are coming!
We are happy to report that it’s about to get a lot greener on the gravel lot. The trees are coming! After approval of the required permits, Phase 1 construction is moving forward. While there has been little activity on site since the Rotary/AARP volunteer community clean-up day in October 2019, there has been an enormous amount of work done behind the scenes to get ready. 

Phase 1, including trees and grass, is expected to be completed by the end of May. We will be holding another community project day around the first of May to plant the park’s ground cover. Stay tuned to our website for details! 
Mahalo for your patience and steadfast support for Centennial Park. Your participation, enthusiasm and financial support are deeply appreciated.
March 13, 2020
October 12, 2019
Centennial Park Update:
Clean-up was a Success!
Thank you to the community, park neighbors, Rotary and AARP members who came out on Saturday for the clean-up! We are on our way to make Centennial Park a reality.

Co-sponsored by the Centennial Park Committee, Rotary Club of Honolulu and AARP Hawaii.

Photo courtesy of AARP
October 12, 2019
October 12, 2019
Centennial Park Update
Let's work together to make Centennial Park a reality. Join us on Saturday morning, October 12 at 9:00 – 11:00 am for the final clean-up before the real transformation begins. The Centennial Park Committee will provide an informal park update for the community, followed by weeding and a light clean-up.

Co-sponsored by the Centennial Park Committee, Rotary Club of Honolulu and AARP Hawaii. Seating for the park will be made possible due to the generous support from AARP and its Community Challenge grant program.

Photo courtesy of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser
October 12, 2019
July 29, 2019
It's Official! Formal Groundbreaking and Blessing
On Monday, July 29, the formal groundbreaking ceremony and blessing took place at Centennial Park. More photos and video at: www.facebook.com/rotaryclubofhonolulu/

Photo courtesy of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser
July 29, 2019
June 29, 2019
Honolulu Rotary Action Team
The Honolulu Rotary Action Team (the RAT Pack) volunteers got down and dirty at the site removing weeds, trash and large pieces of concrete in an effort to clear the ground of debris in preparation for the next phase, the construction phase. Along the way, Rotarian Rick Towill was lucky enough to find a vintage 1930s-era glass soda bottle. Be on the lookout for more volunteer work projects to be scheduled soon.
June 29, 2019
June 21, 2019
Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company
Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company (HDCC) and the Rotary Club of Honolulu signed a construction agreement on June 21, through which HDCC will complete the following; grading, planting large trees, laying sod for the lawn, building walkways, installing the sprinkler system and electrical conduits, as well as building light bases. HDCC is expected to complete this work by the end of the year. Once completed, Rotarians will begin the planting of smaller trees, shrubs and ground cover. We thank HDCC and its subcontractors for their generous donations of labor and materials.
June 21, 2019
May 21- 28, 2019
Archeological Inventory Survey
Hal Hammatt of Cultural Surveys Hawaii and his crew worked hard on the Archeological Inventory Survey locating several foundational footings, concrete jacketed electrical duct lines and two large midcentury house foundations, which have been removed. The work also located an earth bank from an ancient wall. All items have been identified with their corresponding location and technically noted from a historical standpoint for the Archeological Inventory Survey.
May 21- 28, 2019
May 8, 2019
Honolulu City Council Approval
The Honolulu City Council, approved Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s July 13, 2016 Agreement, by doing this, they have agreed to accept the Rotary Club’s gift to the City, of Centennial Park when the park is completed.
Photo courtesy of Honolulu Star-Advertiser
May 8, 2019
April 8, 2019
Update Presented to the Waikiki Neighborhood Board
Chair Rob Hale presented the Waikiki Neighborhood Board with an update for the Board and community members on the status of the park. Media coverage of this meeting and throughout the month of April brought the project back into the public eye.
April 8, 2019
March 27, 2019
The Blessing of the Site
Pastor Brandon Ahu, of New Hope Leeward, blessed the site prior to Rotary members digging trenches as part of a required Archeological Inventory Survey (AIS), lead by Hal Hammatt of Cultural Surveys Hawaii. The survey found foundations of midcentury homes and historic features, which have been appropriately mapped. The park site is traversed by a large Kuauna (wall or stream bank) which originally separated the Ali'i lands from the taro growing areas, which reached all the way back into Manoa Valley. The two trenches that were dug reveal an earth bank. All of this, is thought to have been covered up during the dredging of the Ala Wai, revealing a fantastic piece of history, which we hope to describe at the park.
March 27, 2019
January 2019
The Centennial Park Committee
Hawaii’s General Contractors Association (GCA) and Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. (HDCC), offered to assist in the construction of Centennial Park. We began working with both GCA and HDCC to establish the necessary processes to build the park. The Centennial Park Committee continued to work on the park design and fundraising. Rotarian Rob Hale became Committee chair in 2018, with his background as an architect, Rob was able to move the project from concept to permitting and construction.
January 2019
July 13, 2016
The Project "Officially" Began
The Centennial Park project “officially” began with a signed agreement between the Rotary Club of Honolulu and Mayor Kirk Caldwell. Immediately thereafter the Committee began fund raising and preliminary design work.
July 13, 2016
2014
How it Started
The Rotary Club of Honolulu became involved in the park project under the volunteer leadership of Rotarians Dave Benson and Kirk Hovious who formed a working group to create Centennial Park.
2014

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