Government unlocks millions of dollars in CIP funding for projects in the Big Islands
Governor David Ige released millions of dollars in capital improvement project funds for the Kona, Waikōloa and Hāmākua projects.
Projects ranged from a public charter school in Laupāhoehoe to the Federal Inspection Services Building at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport in Keāhole. Senator Lorraine Inouye, (District 4 – Hilo, Hāmākua, Kohala, Waimea, Waikōloa, Kona) thanked Ige for releasing the funds.
Approximately $8.2 million has been released to fund the design and construction of a new Federal Inspection Services Building at Kona Airport.
“Funding for the design and construction of a new Federal Inspection Services Building at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport is needed with the expected increase in international visitor arrivals,” Inouye said. “Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport is a vital economic hub for the Kona portion of the island of Hawaii.”
Approximately $150,000 has been released to complete the design of breakwater structural improvements at Kawaihae North Small Boat Harbor in Waikōloa.
“There have been major breaches in the Kawaihae North Small Craft Harbor breakwater in recent years,” Inouye said. “Funding the design of the breakwater structural improvements is a crucial step in protecting the harbor from further damage and ensuring the safety of its users. The Kawaihae North Small Craft Harbor is critically important to the North Kona community.
Approximately $814,000 has been released to fund improvements to the Lower Hāmākua Ditch Watershed Project.
“The lower Hāmākua ditch was in dire need of further repairs,” Inouye said. “Funding improvements for projects such as the Hāmākua Lower Ditch Watershed Project will go a long way to improving the local agricultural industry on the island of Hawaii.”
Approximately $580,000 was released to fund the design and construction of a photovoltaic system at Laupāhoehoe Community Public Charter School.
“Funding clean energy systems for public schools in Hawai’i is critical,” Inouye said. “Our keiki deserve to be educated in facilities powered by the technologies of the future.”