Friday, March 20, 2015

State budget targets $165 million for Maui CIP

Under the state budget passed by the House this week, Maui representatives secured about $165 million in Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funding for various projects across Maui County. The largest single item by far was $38 million for expansion and improvements to Kahului Harbor. Of that, $17 million will go for land acquisition and improvements to the acquired parcel and $21 million for improvements to existing facilities over the two years of the biennium. The budget also includes $25 million for a new food innovation building at Maui Community College.

“Even as we prudently allocate necessary monies for current state services and unfunded liabilities, we also need to continue to invest in our infrastructure by maintaining them and making the necessary improvements essential to allow those facilities to meet changing needs and to sustain our services and communities’ quality life,” said House Speaker Joseph M. Souki, who represents Kahakuloa, Waihee, Waiehu, Puuohala, Wailuku and Waikapu. “I am grateful to my Maui colleagues—Rep. Justin Woodson, Rep. Angus McKelvey, Rep. Kaniela Ing, Rep. Lynn DeCoite, and especially to our CIP Subcommittee Chair, Kyle Yamashita—who all worked collaboratively to secure these priorities for all of Maui County.”

Here are the highlights of the CIP funding secured for Maui County:
  • $38 million expansion and improvements to Kahului Harbor
  • $25 million for design and construction of a food innovation building at Maui Community College
  • $14.58 million for a new aircraft rescue and firefighting station and other related improvements at Hana Airport
  • $10.8 million for renovation and improvements to Kahului Airport
  • $9 million design and construction for a new administration building at Waihee Elementary School
  • $4.05 million to renovate and expand band/choir building at Maui High School $2.7 million for construction of weight training and wrestling rooms at Maui High School $2 million for design and construction of a covered play court at Makawao Elementary School 
  • $1 million for a water filtration system at Kula Elementary School
    $652,000 for landscaping at Pukalani Elementary School 
  • $280,000 for resurfacing of the existing play court at Kamalii Elementary School
  • $215,000 to replace and expand the gymnasium floor at Maui High School
  • $2.25 million for emergency dredging and replacement of buoys at Lahaina Small Boat Harbor
  • $5 million for construction of a regional park for central Maui
  • $2.99 million for upgrade of clinical patient monitoring systems and fire protection plumbing at Maui Memorial Medical Center
  • $2 million for improvement to Maui Raceway Park
  • $8.5 million for the next phase of the Lahaina bypass road construction
  • $1.8 million to widen a portion of Haleakala Highway from one lane to two
  • $9.5 million for rockfall mitigation and improvements to Hana Highway between Huelo and Hana
  • $1.05 million for the beautification of the main corridor between Kahului and Wailuku along the Hana Highway
  • $195,000 for Hana Highway improvements in Nahiku
  • $300,000 for a Paia bypass traffic alternative
  • $4 million for construction of a Maui office and annex building to support various state departmental divisions and programs
  • $500,000 for plans and designs for a Kahoolawe education center in South Maui
Funding highlights for Molokai:
  • $9 million for construction of an aircraft rescue and firefighting station and other related improvements to the Kalaupapa Airport
  • $3.5 million for renovation of the gym/emergency shelter at Molokai High School 
  • $3.5 million to replace the Makakupaia Stream Bridge along Kamehameha V Highway 
  • $3.2 million for improvements to Molokai Airport 
  • $1.2 million for the design and construction for improvements to the Molokai irrigation system
Funding highlights for Lanai:
  • $1.5 million for construction of airport road and other improvements to Lanai Airport
  • $828,000 for reroofing and rewiring of fire alarm for Lanai High and Elementary

Contact Information:

            Joseph M. Souki (District 8)
            (808) 586-6100

            Justin H. Woodson (District 9)
            (808) 586-6210

            Angus McKelvey (District 10)
            (808) 586-6160

            Kaniela Ing (District 11)
            (808) 586-8525

            Kyle T. Yamashita (District 12)
            (808) 586-6330

            Lynn DeCoite (District 13)
            (808) 586-6790

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