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Governor Josh Green released $12,000,000.00 in capital improvement project funds (CIP) to finance the construction of new school facilities and to support the renovation, improvement and expansion of existing school facilities to expand pre-kindergarten access in the Hilo community.

The following schools are part of this initiative:

Kua o Ka Lā Public Charter School: $6,000,000 (60 seats)

Haʻahea Elementary School: $2,000,000 (20 seats)

Kaʻumana Elementary School: $2,000,000 (20 seats)

Waiakea Elementary School: $2,000,000 (20 seats)

“Releasing funding for these projects is an important first step to address barriers to childcare,” said Senator Lorraine R. Inouye (District 1 – Hilo, Paukaʻa, Papaikou, Pepeʻekeo). “A strong pre-kindergarten system fosters a better home for our keiki, our families, and our Hawaiʻi. I would like to thank Governor Josh Green for releasing the funding, and I would like to thank the School Facilities Authority for their work on this critical issue.”

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