As part of a $26.8 million package to improve schools statewide, Molokai High School will receive $171,207.
Gov. Neil Abercombie announced the release of the Capital Improvement Projects funds last Thursday.
“By prioritizing these school projects, we are making an investment in the education of our keiki while creating local jobs,” said Gov. Abercrombie. “The Project Labor Agreement plan announced earlier this week provides a model for collaboration with labor unions on some of these projects to prevent potential conflicts that might otherwise cause unnecessary delay.”
At Molokai High School, these funds will help with the additional construction for accessible route, bleachers, scoreboard, restrooms and accessibility improvements for the girls’ softball field. These improvements were considered necessary to meet federal gender equity requirements.
The two projects receiving the largest portion of these funds are Hilo High School, which will get $3 million for additional construction for new gymnasium, which will also serve as an emergency shelter for the community.
East Kapolei Middle School on O’ahu will receive $2.5 million for design of a new East Kapolei Middle School, needed to accommodate projected demand in the Kapolei area.
Including these projects, a total of 42 different school facility improvement projects will receive funds from this CIP money.
Boat rescue off La’au Point
Maui County firefighters aided a boat in trouble about a mile off La’au Point on the southwest tip of Molokai Saturday.
A crewman aboard the 23-foot Nicole W, out of Oahu, used a cell phone to call the fire department for help. Four men in their 20s and 30s on board the boat said they were adrift in six- to 10-foot seas with winds blowing about 29 to 35 mph at about 2:23 p.m., a Maui Fire Department spokesman said.
A rescue boat and personal watercraft reached the vessel at about 3:45 p.m. and towed it to Hale O Lono Harbor by 5:05 p.m.