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    Groundbreaking ceremony for state’s second State Veterans Home to be conducted on Memorial Day

    Groundbreaking ceremony for state’s second State Veterans Home

    Photo By Master Sgt. Andrew Jackson | Gov. David Y. Ige, City and County of Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi, Maj. Gen....... read more read more

    KAPOLEI, HAWAII, UNITED STATES

    05.31.2021

    Story by Jeff Hickman 

    State of Hawaii, Department of Defense, Public Affairs Office

    KAPOLEI, HI – Gov. David Y. Ige, City and County of Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi, Maj. Gen. Kenneth S. Hara, State Adjutant General, family members of the late Sen. Daniel K. Akaka, a small number of community members, and a Veteran from each war era were on-hand to break ground for the new Daniel K. Akaka State Veterans Home (SVH) on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, 2021 at 10 a.m.

The ceremony included comments by the governor, Maj. Gen. Hara, the Akaka Family, a spokesperson from Nan Inc., and a groundbreaking ceremony and blessing performed by Kahu Kordell Kekoa and Kahu Danny Akaka, Jr.
     
    Construction of this new 120-bed facility is scheduled to be completed in April 2023. The project was awarded a $44.7 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and appropriated $53.7 million in state funds for planning, design, construction, and equipment.
     
    The facility will incorporate sustainable and energy efficient features such as: roof overhangs, sunshades, high performance glazing to reduce solar heat gain, energy efficient air conditioning system, desuperheaters for hot water heating, LED lights, occupancy sensors, reclaimed non-potable recycled irrigation water, and native, drought tolerant plants.
     
    The Akaka SVH will offer skilled nursing and intermediate care facility beds to provide long-term care services plus geiatric mental health/dementia/Alzheimer’s care, rehabilitation therapies, hospice, respite and adult day care. This Kapolei facility will target both long-term and short-term stay Veteran populations, eligible spouses and Gold Star parents.
     
    The home will be open to all Veterans residing in the State of Hawaiʻi. Approximately 85,000 Veterans reside on Oʻahu, and the construction of our second Hawaiʻi State Veterans Home in Kapolei will offer closer proximity of care to the largest number of resident Veterans.

Hawaiʻi will still be 53 beds short of the 268 total State Veterans Home beds needed for the state, but upon completion, the Akaka SVH will more than double the state’s current capacity.

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    Media Contact:
    MAJ (RET) Jeff Hickman
    Director, Public Affairs
    State of Hawaiʻi, Dept. of Defense
    808-441-7000
    jeffrey.d.hickman@hawaii.gov

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    Date Taken: 05.31.2021
    Date Posted: 05.31.2021 19:53
    Story ID: 397799
    Location: KAPOLEI, HAWAII, US

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