The Kalena Park Action Group is the outcome of two previous groups: the YEAH action group and the Rice Street Block Party. The Rice Street Block Party brought a new-found interest and enthusiasm for the revitalization of the Rice Street District and included a highly successful Keiki in the Park day at Kalena Park.
The YEAH action group engaged middle-school aged youth from the Boys and Girls Club in an analysis of their built environment, and they focused on the need to renovate Kalena Park in the Līhu‘e Town Core. Their recommendation was to start with programming, such as movies in the park, to focus interest in park renovation. As a result of their recommendations, a new action group has been formed to program a movie series at Kalena Park. This is perhaps the most age-diverse action group, bringing together everyone from middle-school age youth to seniors living at the adjacent Kaniko‘o Senior Housing.
2019 UPDATE: In partnership with the County of Kauai, Kauai Cares, the Lihue Boys and Girls Club, Kaniko`o Senior Housing, Lihue Court Townhomes and community members, Get Fit Kauai is leading the group charge in efforts to revitalize Kalena Park which lies in the heart of Lihue, Kauai. Dr. David Barth from Barth and Associates in Florida, spent five days on Kaua‘i and met with community members, high-level officials from around the island, and the business community to discuss design concepts.
Dr. Barth pointed out that Kalena Park is not just a stand-alone place but is part of a much bigger system comprising of other parks and public realms he referred to as the “Lihue Loop”. He suggested that since Kalena Park serves as a trailhead connecting to places like the Lihue Civic Center, a walkable path could give the community more opportunities for health and fitness. Get Fit Kauai’s next step will be to establish a Lihue Loop Community Action Group and continue to create High Performance Public Spaces.