New DLNR Maui annex building is completed
WAILUKU – A blessing and ribbon cutting last week marked the completion of a new 8,000-square-foot building that houses four divisions of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources on Maui.
The event was attended by Gov. David Ige, DLNR Chair Suzanne Case, DLNR Chief Engineer Carty Chang and DLNR Maui Historic Preservation History and Cultural Branch Chief Hinano Rodrigues. Several Maui legislators and Maui DLNR staff also joined in the blessing.
Ige turned over a shovel used in the December 2017 groundbreaking to Chair Case as a symbol signifying the outstanding hard work of public servants.
“It’s so exciting to be here for the opening of the new building, especially having been able to be here for the groundbreaking,” said Case. “To see this place become fully alive is just a wonderful opportunity. And we want to thank legislators so much for their supporting the construction of this building. It’s so important for all divisions of DLNR to work together, to meet with each other and meet with constituents and stakeholders in a central location. This beautiful building will enhance the really important work DLNR staff performs for the people of Maui Nui.”
Chang explained, “When we first took this project on, we wanted to make sure that it serves the needs of the divisions, is energy efficient and has ample parking for staff and visitors.