In 2001 the late U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye established an innovative program called Hawaii 3Rs (Repair, Remodel and Restore) to help provide a better, safer learning environment for students in Hawaii's public schools. This program partners with volunteers from business, neighborhoods, military and student organizations who provide ""sweat equity"" matched with dollars from Hawaii 3Rs to complete projects such as painting, landscaping, playgrounds, science and computer labs, and simple construction work. To date, there have been more than 500 projects across all islands finished at a savings to the State of more than $40 million. Hawaii 3Rs works with the schools and its own Technical Review Committee composed of engineers, architects and professionals to ensure that the projects meet all technical standards.Hawaii 3Rs also receives funding from a checkoff on state tax returns which is used to hire contractors who perform those portions of the work that are too difficult, dangerous or technical for volunteers to do."