- Associated Press - Thursday, March 20, 2014

KAUNAKAKAI, Hawaii (AP) - Molokai’s only federally qualified health center will be getting $500,000 to make capital improvements.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced Wednesday the release of the funds for the Molokai Community Health Center.

The grant will complete the second phase of the center’s capital improvement project, including structure renovations, parking lot repaving and landscaping.

Abercrombie says the health center serves about 3,000 of the island’s 7,200 residents. He says the project will expand and improve access to quality care on the Friendly Isle.

The center’s primary clientele are Molokai’s indigent, uninsured and underinsured. Two-thirds of them are Native Hawaiian.