The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Center

The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Center at 1935 Main Street.  Click to Enlarge.The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Center at 1935 Main Street was developed by Lokahi Pacific in 1998 to provide desperately needed office space for three local non-profit agencies. The development cost for this commercial office building, including site acquisition, was approximately $2.3 million and Lokahi Pacific successfully leveraged funding from several public and private sources to secure these funds. The project includes a 20 unit residential component that provides affordable long term rental housing for persons with special needs. This innovative project has been recognized by the Weinberg Foundation Fellows Program, Wailuku Main Street Association and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Best Practice Awards Program, as a model community development project which utilizes creative partnerships to address critical needs in the community.

 

Harry & Jeanette Weinberg PONO CENTER

Artists Rendering - Blue Hawaii Project

In 1999, responding to a Request for Proposal by the County of Maui, Lokahi Pacific developed a project to reconstruct a dilapidated structure in the heart of “old” Wailuku town known as the Blue Hawaii Building. This proposal was part of an overall vision by the County of Maui to revitalize Wailuku town, which had formerly been the center for all Maui commerce and civic activities.

The original two-story, 5,000 square foot building was constructed in the 1920’s. The property is owned by the County of Maui, which granted Lokahi Pacific a thirty-year lease, at $1 per year, to facilitate its redevelopment. The building had been vacant for many years and its rapidly deteriorating condition led to its demolition in November, 2003.

The new building’s facade was re-constructed to reflect its original appearance, including fabrication of the original canopy over the sidewalk, to maintain the "turn of the century" street-front appearance of old Wailuku town. The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Pono Center consists of 9,700 square feet and has three floors incorporating the following spaces:

Ground floor street frontage space now houses a restaurant situated along the promenade between the historic Iao Theatre and the new Lokahi Pacific building.

The ground level rear is the home of Maui’s first shared-use, licensed commercial kitchen. This fully-equipped two-station kitchen is operated by Lokahi Pacific as part of its small business incubation program. The stations are available for use by the community of Maui.

The second floor is residential and includes four one-bedroom apartments with a laundry facility and storage area for the residents.

The top floor houses the small business incubators, comprising a shared office space concept for up to 9 start-up businesses, with a conference room, a state-of-the-art training center, business support equipment and services, and a small business resource library.

The overall project cost upon completion was $4 million.

Business Incubator Application

Commercial Kitchen Application