Asia-Pacific Center opens new learning center at Fort DeRussy

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Senior leaders untie a Hawaiian maile lei during the opening ceremony of Maluhia Hall at APCSS, in Honolulu, Aug. 24. Pictured, from left to right, are retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Dan Leaf, director, APCSS; U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye; Adm. Samuel Locklear III, commander, U.S. Pacific Command; and Peter Verga, chief of staff for the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. (Photo courtesy of APCSS)

Senior leaders untie a Hawaiian maile lei during the opening ceremony of Maluhia Hall at APCSS, in Honolulu, Aug. 24. Pictured, from left to right, are retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Dan Leaf, director, APCSS; U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye; Adm. Samuel Locklear III, commander, U.S. Pacific Command; and Peter Verga, chief of staff for the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. (Photo courtesy of APCSS)

Sen. Inouye reflects upon achieving ‘ho‘oponopono’

Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies
News Release

HONOLULU — The Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, or APCSS, celebrated the official opening of Maluhia Hall, a new state-of-the-art learning center, here, Aug. 24.

The $11.4 million learning center brings more than 10,000 square feet of additional classroom space to support the U.S. Department of Defense institute’s security cooperation and executive education programs.

“The building is designed for education,” said retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Dan Leaf, director, APCSS.

“In addition to the extra capacity for courses and workshops, the building itself is engineered to provide … improved acoustics and Information Technology connectivity to support the programs,” Leaf explained. “It is also built to be sustainable, which is very important to our community.”

The ceremony was attended by about 300 guests, including 73 members of the current Comprehensive Crisis Management course, which includes Fellows from 34 different countries throughout the region.

Guest speakers were U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye; Adm. Samuel Locklear III, U.S. Pacific Command; Peter Verga, representing the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy; and Leaf.

Inouye, who is considered one of the founders of the center, reminisced about participating in a similar ceremony to dedicate the main APCSS building almost 12 years ago to the day.

His speech emphasized the need for building a regional “ohana” with “aloha” to achieve “ho‘oponopono,” meaning reconciliation, or to make things right.

The new Maluhia Hall bridges the past with the future. Its name, “Maluhia,” means a “haven of rest and peace,” and is inspired by a World War II rest and recreation facility used to bring Soldiers together during time of war.

The building’s artwork and landscape also complement Hawaii’s unique environment and culture, and its design hails the future as a model of technology and sustainability.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District awarded the contract to Sumo-Nan JV II LLC, an 8(a) small business, in August 2010.

Upon final completion, Maluhia Hall is projected to attain a U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design “Gold” rating, as sustainability has been successfully integrated throughout the building design phase and construction process.

The APCSS is a U.S. Department of Defense academic institute that officially opened Sept. 4, 1995, in Honolulu. The center addresses

regional and global security issues, inviting military and civilian representatives of the U.S. and Asia-Pacific nations to its comprehensive program of executive education and conferences, both in Hawaii and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

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