Life is Good – Save Kahilu Theatre

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Save Kahilu Theatre
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This Public Appeal on behalf of the Kahilu Theatre was sent by friends in Waimea aka Kamuela, Big Island:

Richard Smart so loved the theater – he was in stage productions on- and off-Broadway for many years and played night clubs worldwide before and after the second World War, including the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and Diamond Head Theater, as well as Kahilu Theater. When he moved home to Waimea to take over the Parker Ranch, he had Kahilu built as a culture and arts venue for the Waimea people and the island’s ranching community, naming it after his beloved mother, Thelma Kahilu Parker. Kahilu Theater supported and represented his passion for culture and arts as evidenced by the many theater productions he sponsored, produced, directed and acted in.

When Richard took over the Ranch in 1959, there was no North Hawaii Hospital, Kahilu Theater, or Parker School. He built the Kahilu Theater in 1981, supported the Lucy Henriques Medical Center and created Parker School. After he died, his trust beneficiaries were Hawaii Preparatory Academy, Lucy Henriques/North Hawaii Hospital, Parker School and a small charitable fund at the Hawaii Community Association.

“In 1992, about halfway through the Theatre’s current thirty years, Smart passed away and the Theater lost its mentor and financial mainstay, although it remained part of Parker Ranch. After a period of discussion and retrenching the theatre became independent from the Ranch in 1994. Then in 2001 the Kahilu Theatre Foundation acquired a 30-year lease to operate the Kahilu, though it is not a beneficiary of the Parker Ranch Trust, which owns the Theatre.” (from the Kahilu Theater website)

The theatre has been unable to come up with the sufficient grant support in the past few years, probably because of the current economy and competition from other non-profits. So we turn to our community to develop a viable plan to sustain this beautiful theatre. There may be some who can afford to step up to the plate and get the theatre out of debt, but that’s a band aid – we need to work on long-term sustainability.

Time Line
Lucy Kalanikumaikiekie Henriques and her cousin Lucy Peabody share a vision of improving healthcare in North Hawaii.
Lucy Henriques wills land and a trust fund for a medical facility at Makahikilua in Waimea.
Northern Hawaii Hospital Corporation (NHHC) forms to plan an acute-care hospital.
Parker Ranch owner Richard Smart commits to a new hospital, but agreement with the State and community cannot be reached as to where and how it should be built.
Lucy Henriques Medical Center (LHMC) is chartered as an alternative and phase-in for the NHHC.
LHMC opens freestanding Emergency Room, X-Ray, Lab and Medical Offices.
North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH) incorporates as a non-profit 501(c)(3), kicks off grass roots effort to provide access to acute-care services within the “golden hour.”
NHCH Advisory Board forms with representatives from North Hawaii communities.
State Legislature appropriates $824,000 for plan and design of NHCH.
NHCH preliminary planning calls for 50-bed, acute-care facility, estimated cost at $25 million; Legislature passes Resolution of Intent to fund half of construction.
Legislature approves $12.5 million grant-in-aid to be matched by private funds. Capital Campaign begins. LHMC pledges $2 million.
NHCH fund raising reaches goal, matching State’s $12.5 million.

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