$500,000 for Master Plan for Pāhoa Elementary SchoolFebruary 12, 2018, 6:46 PM HST (Updated February 12, 2018, 6:44 PM)
Rep. Joy San Buenaventura received a letter from Hawai‘i Gov. David Ige announcing that the state has released $500,000 in Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funding to finance a master plan for Pāhoa Elementary School.
Gov. Ige said:
Aloha Representative San Buenaventura:
I am pleased to let you know that my administration has released funding for the following Capital Improvement Project(s) (CIP):
Name: Pāhoa Elementary School, Master Plan, Hawai‘i
Description: To finance a master plan for Pāhoa Elementary School.
Amount Released: $500,000
Mahalo for your work on behalf of the residents of your district to secure these funds.
Projects such as these are critical components of the public infrastructure and
contribute to building a better home for our kupuna, keiki, and all the residents of
A list of released CIP and CIP Grants-In-Aid (GIA) will be emailed once a month.
By working collaboratively, we can climb the mountains of challenges that face Hawai‘i.
With warmest regards,
David Y. Ige
Governor, State of Hawai‘i
Rep. Sanbuenventura said:
“Pāhoa Elementary School is the oldest elementary school in Puna. Despite its continued growth, Pāhoa Elementary School has had only one building and had been operating mostly from portable classrooms, a sub-standard administration building and no cafeteria. In fact, part of its playground has been coopted by the county for a baseball field.
Little children walk a careful line with escorts to cross the street to Pāhoa Intermediate/High school to eat. Thus, it is a long time coming that a master plan to design the school is finally coming to fruition instead of the hodgepodge portables connected by sometimes-covered walkways that the teachers and children have had to endure.”