Hawai‘i County Department of Parks & Recreation
Waiakahiula, Puna, Hawai‘i
Totaling more than 29 acres, the improvements will complement the park’s existing facilities that include the Pahoa Community Aquatic Center, Pahoa Neighborhood Facility, Pahoa Senior Center, and Pahoa Skate Park.
Phase 1 of the master plan keeps the existing facilities, except to expand the playground, demolish the dilapidated basketball courts, and replace the multi-purpose field that currently is often not usable due to drainage problems. Phase 1 also included the design and constriction of various facilities: a covered play court facility for basketball and volleyball, a comfort station, and baseball fields. Future phase(s) includes an additional ball field, track and/or multi-purpose field, community facilities such as a performing arts center, amphitheater, and library. The entire site is connected with a network of pedestrian paths, fitness stations, and picnic areas. The expanded recreational facilities will significantly benefit the growing population of lower Puna. Although the project objectives have an emphasis on active recreational facilities for youth activities, alternative site plans sought to include a balance of passive, fitness, and community facilities for all users. The rainy climate justifies a covered multi-purpose facility. The site design includes open areas that would function as drainage basins. Parking and other impermeable surfaces were minimized.