Ground Broken For Miloliʻi Community Enrichment and Historical Center

Pa’a Pono Miloliʻi Inc. a non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to improving the lives of the residents of the native Hawaiian fishing village of Miloliʻi has broken ground on a $1 million community center in Miloliʻi. Through a 2006 Congressional Housing and Urban Development grant championed by the late United States Senator Daniel K. Inouye, the project completed all design and planning requirements this summer and broke ground in September.

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The facility will feature a 3,200 square foot open air community center with enclosed areas designated for classrooms, historical library, office space, gift store, and a certified kitchen.

Adjacent to the main facility will be a comfort station /restroom, guest quarters and a hale waʻa for storage and maintenance of Miloliʻi canoes. The entire facility is being built on a 40,000 square foot parcel leased from the Department of Land & Natural Resources and will include a parking lot, native Hawaiian landscaping, water storage and solar photovoltaic power system.

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Paʻa Pono Miloliʻi Inc. completed Federal and State Chapter 343 EIS requirements,  County Of Hawaiʻi Special Management Area requirements, National Historic Preservation, Archaeological Survey, Conservation District Use Permit and Hawaiʻi County Plan and Building Approval in order to begin construction on the facility. The project, when completed, meets all ADA requirements and would not have been possible without the coordination and help of the United States Office of Housing and Urban Development, State of Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources and The County of Hawaiʻi. The design and planning team of Farber and Associates, Honua Consulting, Lewellyn Architectural and Design, Robert C. Smelker Associates, Island Survey and Engineering Partners of Hilo completed all planning and design requirements over a two year time period.

The center is being built by JCP Construction of Hilo and is scheduled to be completed in the Fall of 2015.

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