Chancellor Sakamoto of UH Maui College informed UH Maui College, Molokai last week that Governor Abercrombie has released $500,000 for the purchase of 3.2 acres of land adjacent to the current Molokai Education Center facility.
In July of 2009, the state legislature appropriated $500,000 to expand the Molokai campus. The money had to be used by June of 2012 or it would no longer be available.
Negotiations between the school and Molokai Ranch had drawn to a standstill last year. According to Donna Haytko-Paoa, coordinator for the Molokai Education Center, Molokai Ranch had been reluctant to sell the 20 acres of land it owns around the current two-acre campus because of depressed real estate prices.
This funding will allow UH Maui College, Molokai to acquire the land from Molokai Ranch and plan for the future expansion of college opportunities on Molokai. The newly acquired 3.2 acres puts the college closer to fulfilling its original goal of having a 15-acre campus.
Haytko-Paoa would not say when this new expansion will begin or how long it will take. Once completed the college plans to expand several of its associate degree programs.
The Molokai students, staff, advisory committee, and community are thrilled with this new development,” said Donna Haytko-Paoa, coordinator for the Molokai Education Center.