We love our beautiful, historic neighborhood in downtown Hilo, but unfortunately the location does make us susceptible to occasional problems. In just the past two weeks, the cover protecting our kiln was stolen and, even worse, people broke into our Annex and stole materials and art supplies that we were planning to use in upcoming activities for keiki. And from time to time, EHCC staff and friends have needed to intervene with intruders to ensure that our grounds remain safe and pleasant for all our patrons, particularly children.
Especially in light of the recent thefts, we know it is imperative to improve our security. As people learn about the recent incidents, they’ve been asking – “Is there anything we can do to help?” The answer is YES. We are drawing up plans to fence in our grounds, using materials (commercial-grade chain links fortified with slats) that will be both attractive to look at and hard to break into. Such fencing will not only discourage theft and make our grounds safer, it will also open up new possibilities for courtyard activities, such as outdoor theatre and performances. (The fencing will also be a wonderful complement to the new asphalt paid for by a generous donor – check it out if you haven’t seen it, the improvement is terrific.)
We’ve just initiated discussion with a fencing contractor so we don’t have a final price, but we anticipate the cost will be in the range of $10,000 and we’re exploring how we can raise the needed funds. If you would like to help, please make a donation to EHCC and indicate that you want your money to go to the EHCC courtyard fund. Every contribution, large or small, will move us closer to making our facilities better for all of us. Visit the link in our bio or to make a donation today. Mahalo!