It’s been a long journey — one that included much hand wringing and negotiations with Maui County — and now the new Veterans Center on Wharf Road in Kaunakakai approaches completion.
But before there is a ribbon cutting ceremony, Molokai Veterans Caring for Veterans must raise some additional money to put the finishing touches on the 3,000 square-foot building.
“We are almost done and need your help,” wrote MVCV Commander Larry Helm.
A fundraising event is planned for March 16 from 5-7 p.m. at Coffees of Hawaii in Kualapu’u. Terri chicken (with mac salad, lettuce and rice cake) will be sold for $10 a plate. Helm is asking MVCV members, and whoever is interested in helping, to sell, or buy, 10 tickets for the event.
The fundraiser will coincide with a celebration of the 20th anniversary of Molokai coffee. Helm encourages everyone to join them for dinner while listening to the Air Force band of the Pacific and other entertainment.
Tickets can be picked up on Friday at the veterans’ “bunker” in Kaunakakai (next to the Molokai Federal Credit Union) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 336-0415 (or the bunker at 553-8387) for more info.
On Nov. 12, the new veterans center was used for a Veterans’ Day celebration. But the center is still in need of a parking lot and interior work, including some fixtures, before it can receive its certificate of occupancy.
To learn more about the trials and tribulations concerning this eight-year project, search “veterans center” on The Molokai News or click this link.