Kamehameha Schools is redeveloping the site of the former Keahou Resort. This important and historic site includes Hapaiali‘i and Ke‘eku heiau and multiple fishponds. Part of the redevelopment goal is to change the use of the site from resort to cultural and education along with a future Cultural Visitors Center. In this phase, a Multi-Purpose building that will be a venue for a variety of cultural performances, classes and meetings. A halau will sit on top of the roof structure of the building and a green roof lawn will extend the performance and audience space. A comfort station is also being designed and constructed as part of this phase. It will supply reclaimed irrigation water for the native plantings surrounding the building through a living machine, subsurface wetland treatment designed by Roth Ecological.
Additional cultural and edible plants will be added to the design to help restore use and meaning to the site. Kamehameha Schools will have a commercial imu to use for special event catering and Ae ae variegated banana, green ti leaf and lauae fern will be planted nearby for scent and use in the preparations. Wauke and two varieties of Kalo will also be planted on site, along with native biome planting areas that encourage mycorrhizal fungi that assist native plants in native soils to survive without the addition of fertilizers. This is a project of Belt Collins LLC.