Lihue project blessed

Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. reacts at the untying of the symbolic maile lei on Rice Street, celebrating the receipt of a $15.1 million U.S. Dept. of Transportation TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant for the Lihue Town Core Mobility and Revitalization Project Friday. From left are Meesa Otani, Federal Highways Administration, state Rep. Nadine Nakamura, Carvalho, Larry Dill of the state Department of Transportation, Milissa Ceria of Kiewit Construction, and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.

LIHUE — Over 100 people attended a blessing at Kalena Park on Friday to celebrate a $15.1 million federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.