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Federal stimulus dollars going to improve Hawaii parks

Superintendent Cindy Orlando Superintendent Cindy Orlando
This 1200 square foot station will be replaced with a new 4500 square foot facility This 1200 square foot station will be replaced with a new 4500 square foot facility
Alan Ramos and Howard Hoshide along the park's fenceline Alan Ramos and Howard Hoshide along the park's fenceline

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Wednesday was Earth Day and it was announced Wednesday that Hawaii's national parks will receive multi-million dollar makeovers. Funding adding up to 15.7 million dollars will be spread across the island chain.

The money is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The biggest chunk of the funding will be used to demolish and replace the visitor contact station at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and to rehabilitate the park's Halemaumau trail.

"A new Visitor Emergency Operations Center will allow us to consolidate emergency services functions in the park, care for visitors in distress more effectively, and respond to natural disasters more efficiently, said Superintendent Cindy Orlando.

Money will also go toward replacing five miles of fence on Kilauea and Mauna Loa. The fence is vital in keeping feral animals out of the parks fragile ecosystem.

The funding will also pay for projects at Haleakala National Park on Maui, Pearl Harbor, and Kalaupapa National Historical Park on the island of Molokai.

Bottom two photos by G. Brad Lewis

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