Construction will begin soon on a new HMSA office building in the heart of Kea’au town following a traditional Hawaiian ceremony this morning to break ground for the new development. The blessing ceremony was led by Kumu Kimo Awai of Hawai’i Island. Hawai’i County Mayor Billy Kenoi; HMSA President and Chief Executive Officer Michael A. Gold; W.H. Shipman, Limited, President Bill Walter; and Isemoto Contracting President Leslie Isemoto broke ground with traditional Hawaiian ’o’o sticks.
“Hawai’i Island welcomed us in 1946 when we opened our very first Hilo office,” said Gold. “Since then, the members, businesses, providers, and employees from Hilo to Kona, Kohala to Ka’u, and everywhere in between have made us a part of their families. We look forward to this next step for HMSA as we prepare to bring all of these employees together under one roof.”
The new two-story building will be located at the corner of Old Volcano and Kea’au-Pahoa Roads. The 20,000 square- foot complex is expected to be ready for business by the end of 2014. The building’s design will be reminiscent of the plantation era with gabled roofs, ample overhang, and breezeways. It will house HMSA administrative offices and a call center. Walk-in member service will be available at the HMSA Center in Hilo’s WaiÄkea Center beginning in mid-December.
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