MANOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Security at four University of Hawaii dorms has been improved as part of a $25 million modernization project.
The Hale Aloha complex is comprised of four 13-story buildings. They house 1,080 students.
In the past students living there have expressed fear because of break-ins, burglaries, and sexual assaults. Just last week a 23-year old man was sentenced to ten years in prison for crimes including a sexual assault on a student at a Hale Aloha dorm in 2007.
"It wasn't scary, but it was just shady," said student Malia Longboy. "You see these random people and you'd be like, oh, who are they? You know I've never seen them before. What are they doing in the dorms?"
The renovation includes a new key card entry system. Key cards are needed to open the main doors to each dorm building, each dorm room and the newly refurbished bathrooms.
There are also new security cameras that monitor activity at Hale Aloha.
"I feel its going to create a much more positive environment for the students providing more privacy and security for them," said Andrew Itsuno, president of the Associated Students of the University of Hawaii.
Community spaces on the ground and top floors of each dorm building have been renovated. The buildings also have new windows and fire alarm and fire suppression systems.
"When asked now if I would want my own children to live in the residence hall, I can give a resounding yes," said U.H. Manoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw. "This campus is being vigorously renewed, and the residence halls are a dramatic example of those improvements."