Using traditional Hawaiian o‘o sticks to turn the ground, community, business and government leaders participated in last Monday’s groundbreaking ceremony to symbolize the collaborative effort of working together as partners as the St. Francis Kūpuna Village begins its next stage of construction.
Above from right, George Ehara, Vice President & Division Manager at Swinerton Builders; Cathy Ching, Board Member of St. Francis Healthcare System and The Clarence T. C. Ching Foundation; Michael Erne, St. Francis Healthcare System Board Member and Chair of the Finance Committee; Dr. Virginia Pressler, Director of the Hawaii Department of Health; Sister Davilyn Ah Chick, Chair of the St. Francis Healthcare System Board of Directors; Ivan Lui-Kwan, Board Member of St. Francis Residential Care Community and St. Francis Development Corporation; Councilmember Carol Fukunaga; Representative Takashi Ohno; Senator Karl Rhoads; and Jerry Correa, St. Francis Healthcare System President and CEO.
A Double Blessing: Father Victor Lanuevo, above, a member the St. Francis Healthcare System Spiritual Care team, co-led the groundbreaking dedication and blessing ceremony with Kahu Sherman Thompson of Kamehameha Schools, below.
The Sisters of St. Franciis and St. Francis Healthcare System employees gathered together for the celebration.
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