A housewarming at Casa Abercrombie

Gov. Neil Abercrombie and first lady Nancie Caraway moved into the official governor’s residence behind Washington Place this month after staying in their Manoa home during his first five months in office.

The residence, officially known as Hale Kia‘āina, was built at the end of the Cayetano administration so that Washington Place, which previously served as the governor’s residence, could be preserved as the historic home of Queen Lili‘uokalani. Hale Kia‘āina was first occupied eight years ago by Linda Lingle.

Abercrombie’s spokeswoman Donalyn Dela Cruz said the governor and first lady delayed moving in until crews completed $40,609 worth of repairs and maintenance involving carpentry, painting and electrical work.

Dela Cruz said the work was paid for with with leftover private funds raised for Abercrombie’s inauguration.

She said total donations of $125,000 were made to the Washington Place Foundation, and other surplus inaugural funds went to the Humane Society ($25,000) and Meals on Wheels ($30,000).

Correction: Donalyn Dela Cruz sent a clarification that the $40,609 for repairs was paid from public funds and not from the $125,000 in leftover inaugural funds that Abercrombie donated to the Washington Place Foundation.

“I’m sorry for not being more clear in the my message regarding Hale Kia’āina,” she said. “I failed to say that the $40,609 came out of the Department of Accounting and General Services budget.”

5/20/11

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5 Comments on “A housewarming at Casa Abercrombie”

  1. Richard Gozinya Says:

    The Gov’s housing challenges were well funded. This is quite different from his newly released 90 Day Unfunded Feral Citizen Round Up & Relocation Program.

  2. Michael Says:

    Wonder what the condition was when Governor Abercrombie got if from lingle? lingle took all the towels and little bars of soap.

  3. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc Says:

    Richard:

    What’s going to happen to the homeless who are not going to receive services – not enough available or too restrictive are the most likely reasons.

    They will move to the suburban/rural areas of O`ahu like Kailua/Kane`ohe and all along the Windward coastline and the North Shore where there are no emergency shelters and only a couple of very small traansitional facilities which can accommodate perhaps as many as 40 people.

    CHANGE OF SUBJECT: For those of you who are anti-rail enthusiasts, take a few minutes to read Ian Lind’a blog about the legality of the funding resources for your cause.

    Off to work – meetings all day long concerning affordable/workforce housing, Kaka`ako Makai, homeless services, high tech parks, and climate change’s impact on transportation.

  4. Richard Gozinya Says:

    My favorite quote, reported in Civil Beat:

    “Simply feeding people is not something we can countenance,” said Abercrombie.

    Geesh.

  5. Cute Lunatic Says:

    Now Abercrombie should get Greenwood to move out of her taxpayer-paid apartment and move into the housing provided by the University. Either that or she should pay for the apartment.


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