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Liliʻuokalani Trust to transform former Honolulu Club into center for Native Hawaiian youth programs

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Courtesy Liliʻuokalani Trust
A sketched plan for the theater space at the upcoming Liliʻuokalani Center in the former Honolulu Club space.

The Liliʻuokalani Trust is transforming a former Honolulu fitness and social club into a center for youth development programs that will serve up to 300 Native Hawaiian children a year.

The $65 million project in Kakaʻako is at the site of the former Honolulu Club across from the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall — at the intersection of Ward Avenue and King Street.

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Liliʻuokalani Trust

The building will be renamed the Liliʻuokalani Center and will be the largest program facility in the trust’s history.

Spokesperson Elise Fujii says the facility will ultimately be the trust’s piko, or center, for youth development programs.

Plans for the seven-story building include visual arts production suites, music and dance studios, and an innovation hub and café. Some of the Honolulu Club’s sports facilities, like the rooftop basketball court, will be retained.

Construction is projected to begin next summer with a possible 2024 complete date.

The Liliʻuokalani Trust is a 112-year-old charitable institution founded by Hawaiʻi’s last monarch with a mission of serving orphaned and destitute Native Hawaiian children.

Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi is a general assignment reporter at Hawaiʻi Public Radio. Her commitment to her Native Hawaiian community and her fluency in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi has led her to build a de facto ʻōiwi beat at the news station. Send your story ideas to her at
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