Money for College Expansion Released

Several weeks after the deal was made for UH Maui College-Molokai to purchase neighboring land from Molokai Properties Ltd. (MPL), Governor Neil Abercrombie has released the funds to complete the acquisition.

UH Maui Chancellor Clyde Sakamoto recently said the governor released $500,000 for the 3.2 acre parcel, which is being purchased for $400,000.

The school has been trying to purchase land surrounding its campus for expansion of its facilities for more than 20 years, according to Molokai coordinator Donna Haytko-Paoa.

“This is a monumental achievement for the college on Molokai,” Haytko-Paoa said. “I believe it was only doable because of the commitment and unwavering support of the students, staff, advisory committee and the entire Molokai community, all of whom realize the value of education to the future economic and personal development of our island residents.”

The University of Hawaii acquired the college last year, renaming Molokai Community College as UH Maui College-Molokai. Initial plans of the college’s expansion include another classroom building and an outdoor auditorium.


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