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Groundbreaking Wednesday For New Ka`u Gym and Shelter

September 28, 2012, 3:54 PM HST
* Updated September 28, 3:57 PM
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The public is invited to a groundbreaking Wednesday for the new Ka`u District Gym & Shelter.

The ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. at the Ka`u High and Pahala Elementary School campus.

In addition to replacing the school’s aging gym, the $17 million facility will also serve as a community shelter during natural disasters. Part of the new gym will also provide protection for area residents from volcanic emissions known as vog.

The 43,300-square-foot facility will contain three regulation-size courts for either basketball or volleyball. It will also feature locker and training rooms, a lobby, courtyard, kitchen and office and storage areas.

Construction is expected to begin the following week and will take approximately 18 months to complete.

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