|July 11, 2003
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|WASHINGTON, D.C.—FALEOMAVAEGA JOINS SENATOR DANIEL K. INOUYE IN DEDICATION OF $13 MILLION RESOURCE FACILITY TO BENEFIT SAMOAN COMMUNITY IN HAWAII|
| On July
3rd, 2003, Congressman Faleomavaega, at the personal invitation of Senator
Daniel K. Inouye, joined in a dedication ceremony of a brand new 50,000
square foot community center located at the Kuhio Park Terrace in Kalihi,
Hawaii. The Congressman, along with Senator Inouye and Lieutenant
Governor James Duke Aiona, spoke at the dedication to an audience of community
leaders and several hundred community members from the Kalihi Valley area.
The new facility brings together diverse federal and state agency programs in one state of the art building, making many public programs much more convenient for families in need and the elderly to access. “This community center is the first of its kind in the country, providing a ‘one-stop shop’ for important services including job training, food stamp assistance, child care, Social Security services, and housing assistance. There are even exercise gyms and educational opportunities such as the University of Hawai`i’s culinary arts program,” Congressman Faleomavaega said.
The American Samoan community living in Hawaii, who make up approximately 40% of the residents at Kuhio Park Terrace, first brought the idea for a centrally located community center to the forefront nearly five years ago. In a meeting between Congressman Faleomavaega, Senator Inouye, and the American Samoan community, issues of access to important public programs for the residents of Kuhio Park Terrace and the Kalihi Valley area were addressed. After several years of discussion in Congress to appropriate funding, last week the facility was finally opened.
“I am extremely proud of the Samoan community in Hawai`i for coming together to bring forth their views on how to improve access for families in need, not only for Samoans, but for all residents of the area. Without their vision, we would not have this important contribution to the community today. I would also like to express my heartfelt gratitude to Senator Inouye for his leadership in securing this facility. His dedication and commitment is truly an asset not only to American Samoans, but to all of the Pacific Island communities living in Hawaii. I am pleased and honored that we were able to work together to provide this $13 million facility to benefit our Samoan community living in Hawaii,” the Congressman concluded.
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