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Tuesday, September 26, 2000

By Craig T. Kojima, Star-Bulletin
This is the site of the future Kupuohi Park. Castle
& Cooke will put in plants and irrigation.

Work to begin on
park for Royal Kunia

The facility will include volleyball and
basketball courts, an exercise course
and a playground

By Pat Gee

All Royal Kunia residents had was "an open field, with no restrooms, no jungle gyms, nothing" at a park on Hehea Street, says Albi Mateo, covenant manager with the Royal Kunia Community Association.

Art That will change soon as construction starts on the nine-acre Kupuohi Neighborhood Park in Royal Kunia, an effort by the city, residents and landowner Castle & Cooke Inc.

The park on Kupuohi Street will include two volleyball courts, two basketball courts, a parking lot, restrooms, an exercise course and a picnic area.

Mateo credited board members of the Kulana Knolls townhouse complex adjacent to the new park for pushing the project forward during the past two years.

Mayor Jeremy Harris said, "The park is a great example of the power of partnership between the city, residents and the private sector.

"I want to thank Kunia Residential Partners for being an exceptional corporate citizen, and the community members who have worked so hard on this project."

Kunia Residential Partners is a partnership formed by Castle & Cooke Kunia Inc. and Halekua Development Corp.

Carol Costa, city spokeswoman, said Castle & Cooke is responsible for the first phase of development, which will include grading the land, putting in grass, trees and plants and installing an irrigation system.

The land will be given to the city when this is completed, about the middle of next year, at which time the city Department of Parks and Recreation will install playground equipment and other structures, she said.

Carol Kwan, Castle & Cooke senior engineering coordinator, said the first phase will cost the company $1.5 million.

She said there is no completion date for the park, because funding from the city will be appropriated in phases.

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