Cemeteries receive federal funding

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded more than $1.9 million to Hawaii for improvements at veterans cemeteries on Maui and Lanai, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz announced Friday.

“These federal funds will help improve our veterans cemeteries on Maui and Lanai, and help us honor the legacies of thousands of brave service members who put their lives on the line to serve our country,” said Schatz, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The total award is $1,928,823. Of that amount, $1,347,323 will pay for raising, realigning and cleaning 1,255 headstones and refurbishing 25,600 square feet of turf at the Maui Veterans Cemetery in Makawao. Another $581,500 will go toward constructing a new water system, an assembly area, 800 feet of fencing, landscaping and infrastructure at the Lanai Veterans Cemetery in Lanai City, the senator said.