By Wendy Osher
Governor Neil Abercrombie announced the release of a $364,000 allocation for Health Department facilities across the state, including health and safety improvement projects at the Maui District Health Office and the Wailuku Health Center on Maui.
The funds will also be used for the Līhuʻe Health Center on Kauaʻi; the Diamond Head, Lanakila Leeward Health, and Windward Health Centers on Oʻahu; and Hilo Counseling Center and Keawe Health Center on Hawaiʻi Island, a press release said.
The funds are part of a larger $12.7 million appropriation for various capital improvement projects across the state that include work on state health centers and correctional facilities, and upgrades to the state’s data network.
In making the announcement, the governor said the projects would provide “immediate return” in terms of jobs and boosting the economy, while delivering long-term benefits by improving facilities and data network infrastructure.
The following priority projects were included in a list released by the governor of items with funding allotments: $9,423,000 – Department of Health Waimano Ridge Buildings and site improvements, Oʻahu; $1,000,000 – Oʻahu Community Correctional Center; $369,000 – Waiawa Correctional Facility, Oʻahu; $650,000 – Kūlani Correctional Facility, Hawaiʻi Island; $386,544 – Financial Enterprise Resource Planning System, statewide; $246,942 – Financial Enterprise Resource Planning System, statewide; $200,000 – Kalanimoku Building Data Center Optimization and Energy Efficiency, Oʻahu; $109,650 – ʻAiea Public Library, Oʻahu.