Governor Releases $950,000 for Easter Seals’ Maui Campus
Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of $950,000 in capital improvement grant funds to Easter Seals Hawaii that will allow the nonprofit organization to complete its Maui Campus for disability services in Kahului.
“This worthy project will provide a safe and secure environment for children and adults of all ages with an array of quality programs offered by Easter Seals Hawaii in partnership with Imua Family Services,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “The campus will also function as a resource for disability-related services and support groups throughout the Valley Isle.”
Identified by the state Legislature, the project includes additional space and facilities that will enable Easter Seals Hawaii to expand the adult and youth activities to help support the 2,500 adult population and more than 1,900 special education students enrolled in the Department of Education schools on Maui. Easter Seals Hawaii will partner with Imua Family Services (a recognized leader in therapeutic programs for infants, toddlers and children from birth to age six) to offer services from a renovated 10,200 square foot, two-story building adjacent to the Easter Seals Hawaii Service Center.
Phase I of campus development was completed in August 2012. Phase II will consolidate the nonprofit’s Medicaid Waiver Adult Day Health and Community Support Services programs with Imua children’s programs.
Honored to be a part of the pinning ceremony for Colonel Keith Y. Tamashiro’s promotion to Brigadier General.
Keith has been a member of the Hawaii Army National Guard since 1989 and has also been with the Hawaii Department of Human Services for the past 22 years where he is currently the supervisor of the Downtown First-to-Work Unit 1 Office.
Governor Releases Another $65.6 Million for Public School Improvements
Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $65.6 million to the state Department of Education (DOE) for capital improvement projects (CIP) that will improve dozens of public schools across the state, while adding local jobs and enhance economic conditions.
“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.”
Governor Releases $1.5 Million for Maui’s Heritage Hall
HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of $1.5 million in capital improvement grant funds for Heritage Hall, a multipurpose community and cultural resource center in Paia, Maui.
“Heritage Hall represents a partnership between the Maui Puerto Rican Association and the Portuguese Association of Maui that is not only mutually beneficial but provides a resource for the larger community,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “I applaud their collaborative spirit and commitment to perpetuating two proud cultures with deep roots in the islands.”
The grant funds will go toward planning, design and construction for the Heritage Hall facilities, which will include a multi-purpose hall with a kitchen for community use and two cultural resource centers.
Maui Puerto Rican Association (founded in 1980) and the Portuguese Association of Maui (founded in 1984) established Heritage Hall as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to develop and operate the side-by-side cultural resource centers, with assistance from A&B, Inc. Both associations have cultural preservation as their mission and award scholarships for college studies.
Governor Releases $96.6 Million for Hawaii Airports
HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $96.6 million for the construction of capital improvement projects (CIP) at state airports that will further stimulate Hawaii’s growing economy and job environment.
“Our airports are the first impression of Hawaii for many of our visitors and these improvements, in conjunction with our Hawaii Airports Modernization Program, will help turn them into safer, world-class facilities,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “With the recent stabilization of our visitor industry, we will need projects like these to continue to expand our economy through construction.”
Governor Abercrombie is asking for YOUR input in developing Hawaii’s recommendations to the Task Force. This is a great opportunity for us to share Hawaii’s unique needs, challenges, and innovative solutions!
The public is invited to provide input through the online form. Since the Task Force is on an expedited timeline, the first round of input must be received by Monday, March 10.
HONOLULU – President Barack Obama has reappointed Gov. Neil Abercrombie to the Council of Governors, the White House announced this week. The council consists of 10 governors appointed by the President to focus on matters of national security, homeland defense, synchronization and integration of state and military activities in the United States and matters of mutual interest pertaining to the National Guard.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to continue serving on the Council of Governors, which gives Hawaii a strong voice, together with our congressional delegation, in future decisions regarding the protection of our state and nation,” said Gov. Neil Abercrombie. “During a productive and successful trip this month to the National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C., I attended a Council of Governors meeting that addressed the Pentagon’s recently proposed cuts to the Army and Air National Guard. During the meeting, I was able to help formulate and sign a bipartisan letter from 50 governors, urging further discussion on budget and policy issues involving the National Guard.”
While in Washington, the Governor also participated in NGA sessions focusing on education, job training, homeland security and public safety, as well as attended four meetings/events at the White House.
The Council of Governors was established by Section 1822 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 and implemented by Presidential Executive Order 13528. In addition to the 10 council members (five from each political party), charter federal participants include the secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security, presidential homeland security and counterterrorism advisors, the commander of U.S. Northern Command, the commandant of the Coast Guard and the chief of the National Guard Bureau.
"You can’t know where you are going until you know where you’ve been." It is in this spirit that we created a comprehensive outline of the accomplishments our state has made in the past three years. None of this would be possible without everyone’s resilience and dedication to the continual improvement of Hawaii.