Gov. Neil Abercrombie yesterday presented a $1.5 million check to Kauai Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr. and representatives of the nonprofit Kauai Philippine Cultural Center, signifying the recent release of a state capital improvement grant to help construct the new 30,000 square foot facility.
"The Kauai Philippine Cultural Center will benefit the entire community as a central venue for events and activities, celebrating the contributions of the Filipino community on Kauai and across the islands," said Gov. Abercrombie. "Recognizing and celebrating our diversity, the center will also highlight Hawaii's many ethnic communities and bridge Kauai's multi-cultural heritage and history for both residents and visitors."
The Governor first had the opportunity to inform the Kauai community about the funds' release in-person on April 12. During that site visit, he reaffirmed the Abercrombie Administration's commitment to expediting capital improvement investments like the cultural center that will serve to further stimulate the economy and generate local jobs while benefiting community members.
"The Board of Directors of the Kauai Philippine Cultural Center wants to express our thanks to Governor Abercrombie, his administration and legislators for supporting this worthwhile project," said Lesther Calipjo, president of the Kauai Philippine Cultural Center. "We are a step closer to our dream becoming reality -- "A Place for All.' "
Funds for the grant were appropriated by the 2012 Legislature.
The Kauai Philippine Cultural Center, a Lihue-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, was established in 2011 with the mission "to provide, promote and enhance cultural, economic educational training and social programs as well as cultural exchange in a multi-ethnic environment." The organization has leased 3.491 acres in Puhi from the County of Kauai for 99 years, with an annual lease payment of $1 per year. Projected for completion in 2016, the center will consist of a classroom, ballroom, office space, bathrooms, and a small kitchen. For more information about the center, visit www.kauaiphilippineculturalcenter.org.