Governor Visits Camp Maluhia, Includes Facility on Funding ListAugust 5, 2013, 2:04 PM HST · Updated August 5, 4:48 PM 0 Comments
By Wendy Osher
During a recent visit to Maui, Governor Neil Abercrombie stopped at Camp Maluhia, located along the Kahekili Highway, below the Waiheʻe Ridge Trail.
The site visit included discussion with the Boy Scouts board of directors, the group that manages the camp and wilderness facility.
The Boy Scouts facility is the recent recipient of a $1.5 million appropriation from the state to be used for repair work at the aging facility.
As soon as the funds are released, it will reportedly trigger a $250,000 grant from the County of Maui, said board members, but additional funds are being sought to bring the facility up to modern day standards.
Board member Carol Reimann noted that the majority of the state funds will go towards repairing water lines and tank, as well as a fire suppression system. These projects, she said, will bring the property up to code and open the door for other overdue repairs on the 17-acre property.
Board members note that Camp Maluhia is occupied 60% of the year, and 95% on weekends throughout the year.
“The Boy Scouts are very grateful to Governor Abercrombie, the State of Hawaii and Maui County for the much-needed funds to improve Camp Maluhia,” said Scout Executive Robert Nakagawa in a press release. “In addition to Scouts, Camp Maluhia is occupied 50 weekends of the year by numerous community groups who will also benefit from the improvements,” he said.