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Schatz: FEMA Allocates $53 Million In Federal Funding To Build Temporary King Kamehameha III Elementary School In West Maui

Additional Funding Expected To Rebuild Permanent School

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has allocated $53 million in federal funding to build a temporary school in West Maui. The temporary facility will replace King Kamehameha III Elementary School, which was destroyed by the Maui fires in August. The money from FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund comes after Schatz led efforts to include $16 billion in supplemental funding for the program in a short-term government spending bill which was signed into law on September 30.

“This new funding will give King Kamehameha III students a new temporary school that will help provide them with the resources they need to learn, connect with friends, and heal,” said Senator Schatz, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “As the recovery effort in Lahaina continues, we’ll keep working as hard as we can to bring home more federal resources.”

Following the fires that destroyed King Kamehameha III Elementary School in Lahaina, students began sharing campus facilities with Princess Nahi‘ena‘ena Elementary School. The new temporary school will be located in Pulelehua and will provide students and staff with additional space and facilities to continue instruction as a permanent structure is designed and rebuilt.