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Kawaiaha'o Church to resume construction of new building

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Following a delay of nearly two years, Kawaiaha'o Church will resume construction of its Multi-Purpose Center the first week of February.

The delay was caused by the need to receive a determination from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, regarding the conditions under which construction could proceed after numerous sets of burial remains were discovered.

Subsequent to the discoveries, DLNR provided Kawaiaha'o Church a letter containing the conditions for resuming construction, and a disinterment permit was issued by the state Department of Health in October 2010.

However, a motion for a preliminary injunction that would have prevented the church from acting on the DLNR letter and DOH permit and resuming construction was filed by Dana Naone Hall. The motion was denied on January 5, 2011, and Kawaiaha'o Church may now commence construction and complete the project.

Frank Pestana, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Kawaiaha'o Church, said, "We followed the process set by forth by the state and adhered to all rules and regulations, in consultation with the state agencies with oversight responsibilities. We are happy that we are now at the point where we can resume construction of this much-needed facility. We have not had Christian education rooms or adequate meeting facilities for two years. We are looking forward to moving on and seeing the promise of the MPC realized."

The Kawaiaha'o Church $17.5 million two-story Multi-Purpose Center is being constructed to meet the growing needs of the church, the Native Hawaiian community, the general public and the many organizations who utilize the church's facilities. The congregation of Kawaiaha'o Church decided to replace the old administration building and Likeke Hall, its long-standing fellowship center, with a new multi-purpose center, which will better accommodate the needs of the Kawaiaha'o congregation, as well as the larger community.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2012.

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