$1.9 Million in Infrastructure Funding Released to American Samoa

To Bolster Health, Education, Port, and Youth Center Projects

Last edited 11/30/2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 25, 2015) – Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas
Esther Kia’aina today announced the release of $1.9 million in CIP grant funding to American Samoa 
through the Office of Insular Affairs’ (OIA) Capital Improvement Project (CIP) Program. The funds 
support Governor Lolo Moliga’s priorities and much needed improvements to critical infrastructure 
in the territory.
“Much of this CIP funding helps bring to completion health, education and transportation 
infrastructure projects that OIA has funded previously,” said Assistant Secretary Kia’aina. “We are 
extremely pleased to support the Governor and the people of American Samoa in this way.”
Grants awarded this week were as follows:
•  $700,000 for a new classroom building at Aua Elementary School to alleviate overcrowding. The 
3,840 square foot building will have four classrooms and will be connected to a brand new two-story 
classroom building that was completed with FY 2011
CIP grant funding. In total, the two new buildings will provide a new cafeteria and nine new 
classrooms for the elementary school.
•   $711,533 to the Department of Port Administration for construction of a new service wharf. The 
project which costs a total of $8.7 million, and is part of the territory’s Five- Year and 
Long-Term Facilities Plans will provide a new wharf for servicing ships and facilitating port 
operations in Pago Pago Harbor. The existing service wharf which was built in the 1950’s on 
sediment instead of a solid basalt foundation, has deteriorated to a state that is unsafe for port 
operations and is slowly sinking.  Initial plans to renovate the wharf were scrapped  following 
geotechnical investigations which recommended new
construction as the safest option.  The Port Administration recently selected a contractor
and construction is expected to begin before the end of the year.
•  $200,000 to complete funding for a fully equipped and operational Primary Care Center in 
Faga’alu.  This grant supplements a $500,000 CIP grant awarded earlier this year bringing the total 
project cost to $700,000. An existing building that houses Physical Exams and the Well Baby Clinic 
will be renovated and upgraded to include six exam rooms, three medical offices, a staff conference 
room, two full locker rooms for clinical staff, and two lavatories.  The center will also be 
expanded to add a patient waiting area, receptionist desk, nursing area, and space for records 
•   $278,434 to purchase furniture and equipment for the Pago Pago Youth Center. The newly 
constructed community center will include an indoor basketball/volleyball court, kitchen, computer 
lab, sewing room, weight room, stage area, restrooms, and office areas. The new furniture, 
equipment, and supplies will help the American Samoa Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs 
furnish the new building and facilitate recreational programs such as the Youth Academy, sewing, 
cooking, flower arrangements and other programs for youth and the elderly.
The Department of the Interior is responsible for coordinating federal policy with respect to the 
territories of American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern 
Mariana Islands, and administering and overseeing U.S. federal assistance provided to the Freely 
Associated States of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and 
the Republic of Palau under the Compacts of Free Association.  The Office of
Insular Affairs mission is to foster economic opportunities, promote government efficiency, and 
improve the quality of life for the people of the insular areas.

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