Traditional Hawaiian groundbreaking at the Kroc Center site in West Oahu in 2009

In the early part of 2012 a brand new Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center will open in paradise. By that I mean, Hawaii!

In a matter of weeks the 200,000 square-foot, 15 acre campus will be open to the public. Made possible by the generous estate gift of Joan B. Kroc, widow of McDonalds founder Ray Kroc, the center will feature first-class education and recreational facilities in an area of Hawaii where the need is great and opportunity is limited.

It was Joan B. Kroc who said, “We can help bring our city together by declaring our love to all of its children and showing them the faith we have in their future.” She wanted the centers that bear her and Ray’s name to offer kids and their parents opportunities to grow and learn in every area of their lives.

The Hawaii Kroc will be a wonderful example of Mrs. Kroc’s dream. It’s located on the Leeward side of the island, a little more than 20 miles from Honolulu.

On a recent trip to our divisional headquarters in Hawaii, I got to pop by the new Kroc. Since hard hats and other protective gear is required, I only got to see it from the outside. But boy, what a sight it was!

From outside the gate, Development Director LauraKay Rand pointed out some of the center’s features, including:

  • An aquatics center that will have a lazy river, a hot tub that seats 18, giant tube slides, as well as a competition and a leisure pool.
  • Banquet facilities and guest rooms to host large-scale events, like weddings, anniversary parties and more.
  • A fitness center that features classes in Zumba, yoga, kickboxing and weight training. There will also be a rock-climbing wall and courts for basketball and volleyball.
  • A game room, computer lab, music, art, dance and video-editing classes for the kids. And and on-site preschool for the younger ones.
  • A play yard and out door party cabanas.
  • And of course, a Salvation Army worship center that will hold regular Sunday morning services and mid-week spiritual life development activities.

They’re already selling memberships, so if you live in Hawaii, what are you waiting for? Click here for a link to their website.

If you’re a potential major donor, there are still naming opportunities available. Please click here for more on that.


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