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Youth program wins a home base


    Kupu, which helps at-risk teens and young adults, has been using the old net shed at Kewalo Harbor since 2010. Kupu is set to lease the building for up to 35 years and plans to make $6 million in improvements. A rendering shows the improvements Kupu intends to make to the structure.


    John Leong, CEO of Kupu, stands outside the net shed, which he says was known as “the crack shack” for area drug activity when Kupu first moved in.

An open-air building the state erected along Honolulu’s waterfront for commercial fishing boat operators to dry their nets is set to become a long-term base for a private nonprofit that helps troubled kids. Read more

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