Island School’s expansion project gets two more boosts

Island School received grants from two local businesses last month that will help complete Phase I of their campus expansion project. The project includes the building of a regulation-sized gymnasium, which has been named the Samuel W. and Edith K. Wilcox Gymnasium, and a Hawaiian Studies complex, named the Mary D. and Walter F. Frear Center for Hawaiian Culture and the Arts, and a new access road.

A grant of $20,000 from American Savings Bank was presented to Island School’s Development Director, Joan Shaw, and Board Member Alan King. Danford H. Oshima, Vice President of Commercial Banking with American Savings Bank, made the presentation. The grant was given through American Savings Bank’s Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation.

Another grant of $15,000 was presented to school officials from Alexander&Baldwin. This was the final payment of A & B’s pledge of $55,000 to the school’s capital campaign.

The Samuel W. and Edith K. Wilcox Gymnasium is scheduled for completion next month. Groundbreaking for the Walter F. Frear Center for Hawaiian Culture and the Arts is scheduled for this summer.

Also part of Phase I of the campus expansion project is a new access road. The road is a cooperative effort with Kilohana and Kaua‘i Community College. It will begin at Nuhou Road, the traffic light at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School, run in front of the Kilohana property, and hook up with the KCC road by their tennis courts.

Work on the road is planned to begin this summer also.

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