Ground breaking ceremonies where held for the University of Hawaii at Hilo University Village Phase One Dormitories. This project located on 33 acres fronting the university's main enterance on Kawili Street will feature 300 student housing units in apartment and suite-style residence halls.
"The new units are the first to be built on campus since 1989, and are being financed by $32 million appropriation of G.O. and revenue bonds approved during the 2011 legislative session," said Representative Mark Nakashima, Vice Chair of the House Higher Education Committee. "It is our hope that these dormitories will expand the opportunities for students on the Big Island, as well as those from throughout the state, nation and internationally."