Gov. Abercrombie releases funds to Dept. of Education

Published On: Mar 04 2014 05:58:00 PM HST

Some of Hawaii's public schools will undergo construction.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie released more than $65.6 million Tuesday to the state Department of Education for projects that will not only improve dozens of public schools across the state, but add local jobs and enhance Hawaii's economy.

“Including the $62.4 million released for DOE projects last week, my administration has now announced the release of more than $600 million dollars for education improvements,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “This is an investment in our keiki and our strengthening economy.”

Kaiser High School Head Football Coach Rich Miano said, “This project will have an immediate impact on four schools that use Kaiser’s athletic facilities as their home venue. It will also benefit the whole state of Hawaii because we will be able to host a variety of events including Special Olympics and NFL combines.”

The funds have been allotted for many projects including the following:

  • $25.85 million to King Kekaulike High on Maui for a new auditorium, Maui
  • $15 million to Farrington High School on Oahu for campus modernization, including upgrades to athletic facilities.
  • $5 million to renovate the Kawananakoa Middle School auditorium on Oahu, including accessibility for current Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • $4.8 million to improve Kaiser High School's girls' athletic locker room on Oahu.
  • $3.5 million to renovate Pahoa High and Intermediate Gym on the Big Island
  • $3 million to build East Kapolei Middle on Oahu
  • $1 million to Pearl City Elementary on Oahu for electrical upgrades
  • $1 million to Campbell High electrical upgrades on Oahu


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