Kaua'i Community College or Kaua'i CC will hold a blessing ceremony for its its newly completed Marine Science Laboratory on Thursday. The celebration will run from 11 a.m. to noon. The honorable Reverend Wayne Vidinha, Sr. of Ke Akua Mana Church will conduct the blessing.
The new lab is a result of years of careful designing and planning funded by the generous support of anonymous donors along with newly hired marine biologist. It will meet the needs of students working toward careers with an emphasis on marine biology and life sciences.
Students at Kaua'i CC have already developed a reputation for excellent community projects through the Marine Option Program or MOP. More than ten MOP students were hired, given fellowships, or paid internships in the past year for their work on water quality, marine debris, and beach erosion projects. UH Manoa researchers worked with Kaua'i CC faculty and students during the 2013 summer to study the coral disease outbreak.
The new laboratory "is a clear indication of both our community support and the strengthening of our science programs," said Chancellor Helen Cox. "The College prides itself on working with the community to identify needs and then to respond accordingly. That is what happened in this case," Cox added.