November 14, 2013
HMSA breaks ground on site for new Kea’au building
Construction will begin soon on a new HMSA office building in the heart of Kea’au town following a traditional
Hawaiian ceremony this morning to break ground for the new development. The blessing ceremony was led by Kumu Kimo
Awai of Hawai’i Island. Hawai’i County Mayor Billy Kenoi; HMSA President and Chief Executive Officer Michael A.
Gold; W.H. Shipman, Limited, President Bill Walter; and Isemoto Contracting President Leslie Isemoto broke ground
with traditional Hawaiian ’ō’ō sticks.
"Hawai’i Island welcomed us in 1946 when we opened our very first Hilo office," said Gold. "Since then, the
members, businesses, providers, and employees from Hilo to Kona, Kohala to Ka’ū, and everywhere in between have
made us a part of their families. We look forward to this next step for HMSA as we prepare to bring all of these
employees together under one roof."
The new two-story building will be located at the corner of Old Volcano and Kea’au-Pāhoa Roads.The 20,000 square-
foot complex is expected to be ready for business by the end of 2014. The building's design will be reminiscent of
the plantation era with gabled roofs, ample overhang, and breezeways. It will house HMSA administrative offices and
a call center. Walk-in member service will be available at the HMSA Center in Hilo's Waiākea Center beginning in
Caring for the people of Hawaii is our promise and our privilege. Working
together with employers, partners, and physicians and other health care
providers, we promote wellness; develop reliable, affordable health plans;
and support members with clear, thoughtful guidance.
HMSA is the most experienced health plan in the state, covering more than
half of Hawaii's population. As a recognized leader, we embrace our
responsibility to strengthen the health and well-being of our community.
Headquartered on Oahu with centers statewide to serve our members, HMSA
is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.