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$8 Million Lahainaluna High School Cafeteria Project Blessing

August 3, 2012, 7:53 AM HST
* Updated August 3, 7:58 AM
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Interior of Lahainaluna new cafeteria. Image courtesy Ferraro Choi, Sustainable Architecture.

By Wendy Osher

A new green, sustainably designed cafeteria project will be blessed at Lahainaluna High School in West Maui today.

The $8 million project incorporates efficiency, day-lighting, shading, superior ventilation, and renewable energy systems.

Rep. Angus McKelvey of West Maui said the new cafeteria should serve as a role model for incorporating sustainability concepts in all school designs.

“We are blessed on Maui to have such incredible natural resources. We should be taking advantage of these resources to decrease our dependence on imported oil, and start to live and work in a cleaner, more environmentally conscious way. It’s a great message for the students, and I’m very proud for all of Lahaina today,” said Rep. McKelvey.

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The original facility was constructed in 1963.  It was only one third the size needed for the school’s current enrollment, and was unable to adequately accommodate students for assembly use.

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The new facility provides seating for 650 students and indoor assembly seating for approximately 1,000 people.

Lahainaluna new cafeteria exterior. Image courtesy Ferraro Choi, Sustainable Architecture.

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