KAPOLEI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By Jade Storms
A Hawaiian blessing and the untying of the maile took place early Tuesday morning to officially mark the completion of the new Honolulu office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Located on a 10 acre site in Kapolei's Barber's Point, the new state-of-the-art office serves as the headquarters for all FBI operations in Hawaii, Guam, Saipan, and American Samoa.
Vita G. Bottom, Special Agent in Charge of the Honolulu FBI office, stated that the new 160,000 square foot facility is where the FBI will continue to build and maintain their legacy.
The facility boasts a 20,000 square foot annex for automotive and electronic repairs, and the new secure parking structure will also provide parking for all employees.
FBI Special Agent Thomas Simon said the new building also has a fully loaded gun vault, which allows agents to have access to the weapons if necessary.
"Many agents have guns in their workspace right now in case they need to respond quickly to a situation," Simon said. "If we had a big operation, a giant raid for example, we could come here and check out these weapons as long as we're qualified to carry them as if they were a library book, we just have to make sure we return them intact at the end of the day."
The new Honolulu FBI office has installed high tech computer systems which allows them to share top-secret Intel with military and CIA personnel, as well as quickly transfer data to the main headquarters in West Virginia.
"This isn't just a job for us, it is a vocation," Bottom said. "and while this may be the best building the bureau has ever seen, it is our people and our undying commitment to justice that will continue our legacy into the future."