New 8,000 Square-Foot DLNR Maui Annex Completed
A blessing and ribbon cutting ceremony over the weekend marked the completion of a new 8,000 square-foot building, housing four divisions of the Department of Land and Natural Resources on Maui.
Governor David Ige was among the dignitaries on hand who participated in the ceremonial event. He turned over a shovel used in the December 2017 groundbreaking to DLNR Chair Suzanne Case, as a symbol signifying the “hard work of public servants.”
The new DLNR Maui Office Annex building located on Mahalani Street in Wailuku, will provide office space for staff from the DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources, State Historic Preservation, Land Division and Engineering Divisions with an updated facility that is designed to maximize space within a triangular footprint.
Increased ambient lighting and a photovoltaic system are aimed at lowering operational costs.
DLNR Chief Engineer Carty Chang explained, “When we first took this project on, we wanted to make sure that it serves the needs of the divisions, is energy efficient, and has ample parking for staff and visitors.
“It’s so exiting to be here for the opening of the new building, especially having been able to be here for the groundbreaking,” said Case. “To see this place become fully alive is just a wonderful opportunity. And we want to thank legislators so much for their supporting the construction of this building. It’s so important for all divisions of DLNR to work together, to meet with each other and meet with constituents and stakeholders in a central location., This beautiful building will enhance the really important work DLNR staff performs for the people of Maui Nui.”
The event was attended by Governor David Ige, DLNR Chair Suzanne Case, DLNR Chief Engineer Carty Chang, and DLNR Maui Historic Preservation History and Cultural Branch Chief Hinano Rodrigues. Several Maui legislators and Maui DLNR staff also joined in the blessing.