Keolahou shelter officially opens in Hilo

  • STEPHANIE SALMONS/Tribune-Herald Clothing available for homeless men at the newly opened Keolahou emergency shelter.
  • STEPHANIE SALMONS/Tribune-Herald Hope Services CEO Brandee Menino speaks to the dozens who gathered Friday for the blessing of Keolahou, which will provide emergency shelter and services for homeless men.

  • STEPHANIE SALMONS/Tribune-Herald Mayor Harry Kim speaks during the blessing of Keolahou, an Ohana Zone emergency shelter established at the old Hilo Memorial Hospital

  • STEPHANIE SALMONS/Tribune-Herald Sleeping quarters inside Keolahou, an emergency homeless shelter recently established at the old Hilo Memorial Hospital.

  • STEPHANIE SALMONS/Tribune-Herald State and county leaders and community partners who helped bring Keolahou to fruition gather for a photo during a blessing ceremony Friday.

Dozens gathered Friday morning for the formal opening and blessing of Keolahou, an emergency homeless shelter recently established at the old Hilo Memorial Hospital.