Layton, Kaiser High School Break Ground on The Gathering Place

HONOLULU (March 8, 2019) — Students, faculty and administration at Henry J. Kaiser High School in Honolulu teamed up with Layton Construction on March 4, 2019 to break ground for The Gathering Place. The area will be located on campus and consists of an amphitheater, seating area, benches, tables and walking paths. This will be a place where students can gather, socialize and participate in smaller events suitable for an outdoor environment.

Groundbreaking for The Gathering Place in Honolulu on March 4, 2019

Dignitaries laugh as they are told to keep digging for the next six weeks during the groundbreaking event for The Gathering Place at Kaiser High School in Honolulu.

During the groundbreaking ceremony, an oli, a traditional Hawaiian blessing, was given by Kaiser High School alum Vernalani Keb. O’o sticks were then used to officially break ground and designate this land as ready to receive a new purpose.

Students at Kaiser High School worked extensively over the past year to help raise money to construct The Gathering Place. After creating a budget and obtaining estimates, the students took this information to the Hawaii State Legislature, where they were successful in gaining support for the project from representatives Mark Hashem (House District 18) and Gene Ward (House District 17) and senators Laura Thielen (Senate District 25) and Stanley Chang (Senate District 9).

In addition to receiving funding support from the state, contributions were also made by Robert Harrison, Chairman and CEO of First Hawaiian Bank and Sharon Brown, President of First Hawaiian Bank Foundation. Jim Stone with G70 Architecture along with Foundations Hawaii and Hawaiian Cement will be donating materials and services to help this project come to life.

Layton Construction first learned about the project at the recent GCA Installation of Officers banquet. During the meeting, Tyler Dillon and Will Summerhays, executive vice presidents with Layton Construction, saw a video produced by Kaiser High School students, which stated their desire to build The Gathering Place. Dillon and Summerhays were both impressed and volunteered Layton to help with the project.

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