HONOLULU-HI (KITV-4) The West Maui Improvement Foundation President, Joseph D. Pluta was on Good Morning Hawaii talking about the non-profit's efforts to raise money for a much needed Fire Station in Olowalu.
HONOLULU (KITV4) -- The West Maui Improvement Foundation is raising funds for a much-needed fire station in Olowalu.
President of the nonprofit organization, Joseph D. Pluta, joined Good Morning Hawaii on Sunday to talk about their efforts.
In 1992, the Foundation raised private funds totaling $6 million to build the Fire and Ambulance Station in Napili, which has saved many lives since its inception. Now, the West Maui Improvement Board board agreed to raise funds to build a Fire Station in Olowalu.
The nonprofit has already gotten a land donation for the fire station. Once it is built, the foundation will gift the Olowalu Station to Maui County which will operate the facility.
"For the past 15 years, we have discussed the need to address the ongoing notorious fires in Olowalu which have destroyed homes and endangered lives isolating our West Maui Community from the life-saving access to the emergency room at Maui Memorial Health Center Hospital in Wailuku," Pluta said.
Ongoing advocacy for another fire station in Olowalu via a public-private partnership has led to a historic meeting on June 1 with the Mayor Michael Victorino, his planning director and deputy planning director, budget chief, deputy fire chief, and Landowner Olowalu Homes Inc. with the West Maui Improvement Foundation Inc.
"Time is of the essence, and the foundation is launching the fundraiser to achieve the goals of improving the health and safety for our West Maui Community. This is a Win-Win for everyone. We have already done the impossible before. It’s time again. Hana Hou," Pluta said.
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