Honolulu — Acting Governor Shan Tsutsui today announced the release of $250-thousand for a new Makiki Library. The general obligation (G.O.) funds will provide for the planning phase of the library.
“The release of the funds is a positive first step towards the construction of a long-awaited library for the Makiki community,” said Acting Governor Tsutsui. “The neighborhood will soon have a place to gather to enrich their intellectual development.”
Currently, the only library in Makiki uses space in a building owned by the City and County of Honolulu located at Makiki Park and is run by the volunteer group, “Friends of Makiki Community Library.” The closest Hawaii State Public libraries to Makiki are the Hawaii State Library, Manoa Public Library, and McCully-Moiliili Public Library.
“Makiki Public Library will be a neighborhood and family gathering place emphasizing materials and programs for children and teens in a technology-rich environment,” said Richard Burns, Hawaii State Librarian. “Patrons of all ages will be able to access all Hawaii State Public Library System’s materials and collections, including print, audiovisual, online databases, audiobooks and e-books, as well as lifelong learning resources such as Learn4Life and our unique Microsoft IT Academy.”
“We’re excited that the money has been released for the library that’ll meet the needs of the community,” said Senator Brian Taniguchi (District 11 – Manoa, Makiki, Punchbowl, and Papakolea). “It’ll provide many reading and research resources for all ages to use.”
“For decades, community members have long supported the volunteer-run Makiki Community Library. Today’s development represents a welcome step forward with the Governor’s leadership and the Legislature’s support in moving towards a 21st-century State library in our community to provide the services and programs needed by residents of all ages,” said Representative Della Au Belatti (District 24 – Makiki, Tantalus, Papakolea, McCully, Pawaa, and Manoa).
The new library will most likely be located at Makiki park, but other sites will be evaluated.
The Acting Governor also released the allotment of funds for the following priority projects, identified by members of the State Legislature:
$725,000 — Alvah Scott Elementary. The G.O. bond funds released will provide for the construction of a bus turnaround area for Alvah Scott Elementary School.
$1,250,000 – Molokai Irrigation System. The G.O. bond funds released will provide for improvements to the Molokai Irrigation System.
$1,500,000 – Deep Monitor Wells, statewide. The G.O. bond funds released will provide for the plans, land acquisition, design and construction and/or repair of statewide deep monitor wells.