The Honolulu Division of the
FBI is moving from the Prince Kuhio Federal Building to a new field office in
Local FBI agent and
spokesman Tom Simon says the roughly 200-member staff in the Honolulu office is
simply bursting at the seams.
Simon says the new building
set to open in the fall of 2012 will be the most advanced of the FBI’s 56 field
offices. And it will house one of the FBI’s more unique divisions, which opened
80 years ago.
The office will offer
increased security and perks like an on-site car repair shop – helpful since
FBI cars can only be fixed by FBI mechanics.
The Honolulu Division will
continue to share its resources with satellite offices in the Pacific and on the
Big Island and Maui. It also hosts the local Joint Terrorism Task Force and is
already planning with the Secret Service and Honolulu Police Department for the
“national security special event” in November that is APEC Leaders Week.
Penrose/Walsh breaks ground today at a 10-acre site at the former Barbers Point
Naval Air Station.
(Aileen Humphreys / HPR News)