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WHHA Receives $750,000 GIA Funding to Complete Community Technology Education and Employment Center PDF Print E-mail
Waimanalo, Hawaii
 
Waimanalo Hawaiian Homes Association (WHHA) and Na Kuhio 'Ike (NKI) received official notification from the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) and the Office of the Governor Neil Abercrombie the release of $750,000.00 to complete the final phase of the interior construction, parking lot and road for the Community Technology, Education and Employment Center or more commonly referred to as, "CTEEC."
 
"We are very appreciative and would like to extend our gratitude to Governor Neil Abercrombie and DHHL Director Jobie Masagatani and her supportive staff," commented Paul P. Richards, WHHA President.  "Our patience and understanding paid off in such a big way that it had allowed our community association leadership to pursue and explore other venues to incorporate into the CTEEC and other phases being considered to benefit the homestead and greater Waimanalo community." continued Mr. Richards.
 
"We've been waiting for this news and the morning we received the official word, we were already planning on providing and continuing leadership training as instructors with the Ford Institute of Leadership Program being coordinated by Hiilei Aloha, LLC," added Kumu Moana Akana, WHHA Secretary.  "...in fact, we received confirmation of the location site for the next  2014 Homestead Leadership Training Workshops which were held earlier this year at the Ala Moana Hotel in March 2013."
 
The CTEEC project was first conceptualized during the Administration of Anthony "Uncle Tony" Sang, Sr. serving as President of the State Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations (SCHHA).  Hawaiian homestead leaders would be trained in developing project management skills in undertaking and managing the processes involved with designing, planning and implementation of their own "CTEEC" on available Hawaiian home lands unsuitable for housing.
 
The Waimanalo CTEEC building when completed will include a business center providing copying and computer internet connectivity; two large classrooms designed for long-distance learning and a recording studio.  All rooms with the exception of the business center will be available for rent at a reasonable price and must be used for the sole purpose it was designed for.  The CTEEC building will be managed by Na Kuhio 'Ike (NKI) along with Ka Ho'oilina na Kuhio Community Center.
 


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