National Cemetery Administration
Hawaii Receives Grant to Expand and Improve Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery
September 28, 2021
WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration announced today that the Veterans Cemetery Grants Program (VCGP), which it oversees, has awarded a grant of up to $5,901,475 to the state of Hawaii for the expansion and improvement of Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe, Oahu.
"Working with the states has proven very effective in expanding access to burial benefits for our Veterans," said Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Matthew Quinn. "In Hawaii, eight State Veterans cemeteries on six islands compliment the one national cemetery on Oahu, allowing Hawaii Veterans the option of interment closer to their home."
Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery currently serves more than 83,000 Veterans and their eligible family members living within 75 miles of the cemetery. The grant will fund 1,099 pre-placed crypts, improvements to the existing maintenance wash rack structure, footings, oil separator and drainage system, turf seeding and supporting infrastructure on nearly 1 acre of land.
VCGP complements the VA national cemetery system by funding state, territorial and tribal Veterans cemeteries, increasing access to burial benefits for Veterans and their eligible family members. Since its inception in 1978, the program has provided more than $910 million to establish, expand, improve, operate and maintain 119 cemeteries in which Veterans are currently interred. In fiscal year 2020, these cemeteries conducted more than 37,000 burials.
For more information about the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, contact Ronald Han, Jr., Director, Hawaii Department of Defense at (808) 433-0422 or email Ronald.Han@va.gov.