A recent installation of a vertical lift at The Hawaiian United Okinawa Association Center in Waipahu, Hawaii has been named the Garaventa Lift Project of the Month for April, 2016.
The Association has an interesting history. It is a large organization of over 40, 000 members and acts as an umbrella group for 50 member clubs statewide. The Association, formed in 1951, played an important role in the Okinawa recovery efforts following the Second World War by sending clothes, livestock and other essentials. In fact, Okinawa (Japan’s southernmost island) was governed by the United States military from the end of WWII to 1972, when it was returned to Japan. During this time, The United Okinawan Association was acknowledged as the official representative of the Okinawan people in Hawaii.
The member clubs of the HUOA are made up of people whose ancestors immigrated to Hawaii from Okinawa. The aim of the Association is to, “preserve, perpetuate and promote the culture of Okinawa.”
Congratulations to Barry Sherman and the rest of the excellent team at Garaventa Lift BC. Their submission of photos from a recent vertical platform lift installation at Home Depot in Langley has helped them to capture their first Project of the Month.
The lift is used for access to a staff mezzanine utilized for lunch breaks and training sessions.It is a standard Genesis Enclosure, painted satin grey, with a u-brace used to tie the unit back to the wall. It is a floor-mounted unit with a ramp, large platform and power operated doors. At the upper landing, the enclosure is butted up to a finished opening in the wall.
Attendees to the 6th Annual Give A Kid A Lift fundraising event, held March 20th at The Ironwood Stage & Grill in Calgary, were treated to excellent music by 5 bands and raised over $10,000 for this excellent charity.