The J. Walter Cameron Center opened its doors on April 23, 1973 with fifteen resident agencies. The Center was developed with the mission of "providing appropriate program and administrative space to nonprofit organizations that supply health, education and human services to Maui residents.”
The J. Walter Cameron Center facility consists of over 48,000 square feet of accessible space, which also includes large public meeting rooms that are available for rental to a variety of community organizations and public agencies. As many as 40,000 persons attend meetings, workshops, training sessions and other community events at the Cameron Center facilities each year. To learn how you can rent space at the Center for your next meeting or event call 808-244-5546.
The Cameron Center has successfully supported the mission and the operation of the facility for over 39 years and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization administered by a volunteer community-based Board of Directors, which provides oversight, direction and supervision to a full-time Executive Director.
A Vision and a Commitment to Service
The vision that led to the creation of the J. Walter Cameron Center can trace its beginnings to two remarkable men. The Center bears the name of one, J. Walter Cameron, then the publisher of the Maui News, and the other was Douglas Sodetani, a successful businessman who saw the need for a facility where, as Mr. Cameron put it, “…the roof doesn’t leak, and when the wind blows, it doesn't blow right through the wooden walls.”
Cameron donated the first $10,000 for a feasibility study to see if the idea could work and when the answer was yes, the two men worked with federal and state elected officials and the County of Maui (the county donated the land for the building) to raise the $2.2 million needed to build the Center.
In addition to the donations from the public, instrumental in the effort was U.S. Senator Dan Inouye, U.S. Representative Patsy Mink, Governor George Ariyoshi and Mayor Elmer Cravalho.