DOD PRESS RELEASE: Daniel K. Akaka State Veterans Home Delay in Completion
Posted on Sep 2, 2022 in Latest news from the department, Press room
KAPOLEI, Hawaii – The Office of Veterans Services (OVS), a division of the Hawaii State Department of Defense (HIDOD), recently learned from our prime construction contractor, Nan Inc., that transportation complications and major equipment component shortages will potentially delay the completion of construction and the opening of the Daniel K. Akaka State Veterans Home (DKA SVH), by up to eight months to a year. Unfortunately, this issue is not unique to DKA SVH, rather it occurs in many different locations across the country.
Construction of the facilities began in April 2021 for DKA SVH and was due for completion in April 2023. To date, the project is on budget and over 50% complete. With this latest notice of delay of key equipment, the schedule could indeed extend the opening of DKA SVH until 2024.
“While we are truly disappointed with the impact of this potential delay on much-needed long-term care services for our Hawaiian veterans, HIDOD continues to work closely with Nan Inc., the Department of Accounting and General Services , and the O’ahu Regional Healthcare System, Hawai’i Health Systems Corporation to minimize this spread as efficiently as possible,” said Thomas M Driskill Jr., Healthcare Coordinator and DKA SVH Project Specialist, OVS.” Our goal remains to act as quickly as possible to provide the long-term care services that are not currently available to our most deserving Hawaiian veterans, their spouses, and their Gold Star parents.”
MAJ (RET) Jeff Hickman
Director, Public Affairs
State of Hawaii, Department of Defense