Wednesday, May 6, 2015

State Budget Targets $172 Million for Maui Capital Improvements

Under the state budget passed by the Legislature this week, Maui representatives secured about $172 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 $10 million for the construction of a new 8 classroom building at Lahainaluna High School.

“During a period when the construction industry is doing well, it behooves the state to move prudently regarding capital improvement projects—taking care not to unintentionally drive up the cost of labor and materials by over stimulating the industry with unnecessary or untimely CIP projects,” said House Speaker Joseph M. Souki, who represents Kahakuloa, Waihee, Waiehu, Puuohala, Wailuku and Waikapu. “Having said that, there is also a balance we must seek to ensure that we do fund needed projects to maintain state services and ensure our quality of life on Maui. 

“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:

  • $1 million for the design, construction and equipment for track and field at King Kekaulike High School
  • $500,000 for a water filtration system at Kula Elementary School
  • $10 million for the construction of a new 8 classroom building at Lahainaluna High School
  • $2 million for design and construction of a covered play court at Makawao Elementary School
  • $2 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
  • $215,000 to replace and expand the gymnasium floor at Maui High School
  • $362,000 for landscaping at Pukalani Elementary School
  • $900,000 design and construction for a new administration building at Waihee Elementary School
  • $2.25 million for emergency dredging and replacement of buoys at Lahaina Small Boat Harbor
  • $6 million for construction of a regional park for central Maui
  • $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
  • $2 million for improvement to Maui Raceway Park
  • $3.3 million for replacement of the sewage lift/pump station at Kahului Aiport
  • $7.5 million for the renovations of restrooms at Kahului Airport
  • $8.8 million for the design and construction of various projects at Kahului Airport including a holdroom, security pass, ID office improvements, and a new conference room
  • $33.579 million for a new aircraft rescue and firefighting station and other related improvements at Hana Airport
  • $38 million expansion and improvements to Kahului Harbor
  • $1.8 million to widen a portion of Haleakala Highway from one lanes to two lanes
  • $4 million for safety improvements to Hana Highway along Route 360, from Huelo to Hana
  • $895,000 for roadway widening and realignment on Hana Highway in the vicinity of mile post 28.1
  • $4.6 million for the design and construction to mitigate rockfalls and potential landslides along the slopes of Route 360 on Hana Highway
  • $1.05 million for the beautification of the main corridor between Kahului and Wailuku along the Hana Highway
  • $8.5 million for the next phase of the Lahaina bypass road construction
  • $650,000 for the design of Kahului Baseyard improvements
  • $300,000 for a Paia bypass traffic alternative 
  • $2,000,000 to replace chillers and AC equipment at Maui Memorial Hospital
  • $1,000,000 for renovations and repairs at Maui Memorial Hospital
  • $400,000 for the purchase of clinical equipment at Maui Memorial Hospital 
  •  $2,592,000 for plumping and fire safety upgrades at Maui Memorial Hospital
  • $400,000 for air conditioner improvements at Kula Hospital
  • $2,000,000 for exterior and ward room repairs at Kula Hospital
  • $500,000 to improve energy efficiency at Kula Hospital
  • $1,000,000 for plumping and facility improvements at Lanai Community Hospital
  •  $500,000 to Maui Youth and Family Services, Inc. for the construction of a new administration facility (Grant-in-Aid)
  •  $300,000 to Heritage Hall, Inc. for the construction of incorporated facilities in Paia (Grant-in-Aid)
  •          $500,000 to Hana Health for the construction of new facilities (Grant-in-Aid)

Funding highlights for Molokai:
  • $3.5 million for the renovation of the gym/emergency shelter at Molokai High School
  • $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
  • $1.2 million for the design and construction for improvements to the Molokai irrigation system
  • $3.2 million for improvements to Molokai Airport
  • $500,000 to Kalamaula Homesteaders Association for the redevelopment of Kiowea Park facilities (Grant-in-Aid)
Funding highlights for Lanai:
  • $1.5 million for construction of airport road and other improvements to Lanai Airport

Contact Information:
Joseph M. Souki (District 8: Kahakuloa, Waihee, Waiehu, Puuohala, Wailuku, Waikapu)
(808) 586-6100

Justin H. Woodson (District 9: Kahului, Puunene, Old Sand Hills, Maui Lani)
(808) 586-6210

Angus McKelvey (District 10: West Maui, Maalaea, North Kihei)
(808) 586-6160

Kaniela Ing (District 11: Kihei, Wailea, Makena)
(808) 586-8525

Kyle T. Yamashita (District 12: Sprecklesville, Pukalani, Makawao, Kula, Keokea, Ulupalakua, Kahului)
(808) 586-6330

Lynn DeCoite (District 13, Haiku, Hana, Kaupo, Kipahulu, Nahiku, Paia, Kahoolawe, Lanai, Moloka'i, Molokini)
(808) 586-6790

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