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New Kihei High School breaks ground

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KIHEI, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

After decades of petitioning and planning, the long-awaited Kihei High School in South Maui broke ground off Piilani Highway on Monday morning.

Rep. Kaniela Ing (Kihei, Wailea, Makena) says the South Maui community has been waiting for a new high school since the 1990s. 

"As I knocked on doors in my neighborhood, people have made it clear that this is South Maui's top priority," Ing said. "We have achieved the number one goal that we have set out to do. The people of South Maui should be very proud of themselves."

Ing noted that the project will benefit more than just South Maui because classrooms in Maui High and Baldwin are overcrowded, and traffic into town can be cumbersome.  Its value also extends beyond education.

"This is more than just a school," Ing said.  "Our community currently does not have a stadium or even a gym.  Through sports and clubs, our high school will give our young people a better sense of belonging and serve as a true hub for our community at large."

$30 million will be immediately available from the Legislature for the first phases of construction, which includes ground work, constructing wells, and an access road ($400,000 has been already awarded).

Construction of classrooms and administration buildings will encumber the remaining appropriation.

The new facility is slated to be school in the state powered by clean and renewable sources.

According to Ing, the project will cost an additional $50-$100 million depending on the final design and cost of materials. 

"We want to do more with less," he said, and noted that, "the project will take due diligence and requires fiscal responsibility."

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