The Significant Beginning
Over the years, PGC’s growth reflects successful outcomes of our programs that respond to the compelling needs of our community. Based on such achievement, PGC was awarded $1,000,000 by the State Legislature to restore the historic pump station in Kaka‘ako owned by the state of Hawai‘i, located at 653 Ala Moana Boulevard (corner of Ala Moana Boulevard and Keawe Street in Kaka‘ako). Given the dramatic increase in Hawai‘i’s aging population and to grapple with the needs of this rapidly-growing constituency, PGC is excited about converting this pump station to a resource and training center for seniors, called the Na Kūpuna Makamae Center (NKM). In the Hawaiian language, Na Kūpuna Makamae means “the beloved seniors." When asked why he supported the PGC’s proposal for the pump station, Hawai‘i Community Development Authority Executive Director, Anthony Ching stated “this is the most credible public purpose” for the facility. The $1,000,000 grant will be utilized to restore the pump station, and private foundation funding to support programming.
The Center officially opened on September 9, 2016!
PACIFIC GATEWAY CENTER’S NEWEST INITIATIVE
Empowering Seniors and Connecting the Generations
653 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu, HI
Corner of Keawe Street and Ala Moana Boulevard
Parking off Keawe Street
NKM will provide innovative, quality services and programs dedicated to our seniors, their families and community that will empower, educate, enlighten and entertain. These programs will address the critical needs of seniors and their caregivers and improve the quality of life for all. Driven and led by kūpuna for kūpuna, NKM will be at the forefront of caring for and enabling Hawaii’s seniors.
Program Coordinator: Marlene Sai
Hula Classes to Begin!
Nā Kūpuna Makamae Center is proud to present its first hula class, named 'Āhinahina. Classes are held every Thursday from 6:30 - 7:30 pm at the Nā Kūpuna Makamae Center (see address above).
Membership to NKM is $20/year. If you are a member, classes are $8.00 for each class. If not, classes are $10 per class.
The classes will be taught by Kumu Hula 'Aukai Reynolds (who graduated through traditional 'ūniki ceremony from Karl Veto Baker and Michael Casupang, Hālau I Ka Wēkiu.)