Grove Farm News
Adolescent Treatment and Healing Center Set to Open
KAPAIA, HI – After 14 years, the vision of the late Mayor Bryan Baptiste of a treatment and healing center for Kaua‘i’s youth has come to fruition. Under the leadership of former Mayor Bernard Carvalho and his administration, the Adolescent Treatment and Healing Center was blessed in December 2019. The facility stands on the slopes of a beautiful Kapaia hillside on 5.8 acres of land donated by Grove Farm Company.
“The vision of this adolescent treatment & healing facility was to provide a safe and healthy facility where our youth of Kaua‘i can heal at home with their families,” said former Mayor Bernard Carvalho. “The choice of having our youth being sent away and separated from their families during this very challenging time in their lives was not an option.”
“We were searching for a central location close to town, near the hospital, and easily accessible to the airport,” Carvalho said. “A big Mahalo to Mr. Warren Haruki and his team from Grove Farm Company. The gift and location of 5.8 acres of land fit perfectly within the vision and purpose of this facility. The partnership with the Grove Farm Company team was indeed a blessing, for without the right location to ‘build it,’ the faith and hope for this facility would not have been possible.”
“Grove Farm committed to donating this 5+ acre parcel because of the dire need for a facility like this and the fact that it is our kuleana to care for our youth – our ʻohana,” said Warren Haruki, President & CEO of Grove Farm Company Incorporated. “This was a great public-private partnership project, and we hope that this model can be used for future projects.”
The Adolescent Treatment and Healing Center will have eight total bedrooms to house up to 16 patients. It will also partner with the Department of Education to offer services to youth facing challenges in the conventional school setting.
“The County of Kaua‘i was blessed with the opportunity to work with Grove Farm on obtaining a property to build this treatment center on,” said Theresa Koki, Life’s Choices Kauaʻi Coordinator. “We searched for the perfect piece of property for a while. The biggest hurdle was finding a property that would be close enough to emergency services such as police, fire, and hospital, located within a community that could accept it in their backyard.”
The center, built by Layton Construction, is 16,000 square feet and has two wings — one for residential patients and the other for classrooms with space for parents to be involved in the rehabilitation process. Connecting the two sides is an open-air lobby and a certified kitchen. It cost $7 million to build with funding from the State and County.
The Adolescent Treatment and Healing Center is a shining example of Building a Sustainable Kaua’i -- a happy and healthy island for all.