Money matters: Federal and county dollars come to Molokai

Federal and Maui County money has recently been earmarked to assist economic development on Molokai.

On the county level, the Maui Office of Economic Development awarded $10,000 to Ahupua’a O Moloka’i and the Moloka’i Ag Country Fair. The Country Fair held its second annual event this spring at the Lanikeha Center in Hoolehua. The event promotes local agriculture while featuring local artisans and other local businesses and non-profits. These funds will allow the homestead community, along with the island’s agricultural community, the vehicle to showcase their products.

Hawaii’s U.S. Senators, Daniel Akaka and Daniel Inouye, recently announced that $4.3 million is being appropriated to the University of Hawaii for job training and educational opportunities on the Big Island, Kauai, Lanai, Maui and Molokai. The funding was obtained through an earmark in last fiscal year’s federal budget recently released by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Sen. Inouye said the funding will help rural areas of the state that were hit hardest by the global recession. He said they’ll gain skills and training needed to enter the workforce. The University of Hawaii-Maui College offers training in disciplines including health care, culinary arts, food service, veterinary care, automotive repair and procurement. The number of programs offered through the UH Maui College, Molokai will expand now that the school has acquired 3.2 additional acres for its campus.

Capital Improvement Projects

With the recent passage of the Maui County budget, Molokai will be receiving $1.6 million for Capital Improvement Projects during the 2011-12 fiscal year.

Earmarked projects include $1 million for water source improvements, $200,000 for Kaunakakai drainage system improvements, $150,000 for Ualapue tank and piping upgrades and improvements to the Kaunakakai-Kawela well, $130,000 for Mitchell Pauole Center improvements, and $50,000 for additional parking to Duke Maliu Field.

Other Molokai CIP projects will include an expanded Senior Center, Kaunakakai Gym improvements, a playground at One Ali`i Park, an additional landfill and recycling center improvements and public safety radio system replacements.


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