Senators From Maui Announce $532 Million in Project Funding for FY 2020 and 202l

May 22, 2020, 8:10 AM HST · Updated May 22, 8:10 AM
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Senate Majority Leader J. Kalani English and Senator Gil Keith-Agaran of Maui. PC: Hawai’i State Senate.

A total of $532.94 million in Capital Improvement Project funds and General Obligation Bonds has been set aside for a wide assortment of projects in Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021 for their respective districts in the County of Maui.

“In light of the State’s current financial crisis, the Maui delegation was able to secure large amounts of resources to address various improvement needs across Maui Nui,” said Senator J. Kalani English (D-Hāna, East and Upcountry Maui, Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i, Kaho‘olawe). “While the financial impact of COVID-19 is still unclear, many of these projects are shovel-ready and will help our communities as we begin to reopen our economy.

“The monies allocated to Waian‘āpanapa State Park in Hāna is an example of a shovel-ready project that will create jobs for local residents and allow for much needed improvements,” added the senator.

“I’m especially pleased that we successfully funded a number of long-overdue gender equity projects at three of our high schools,” said Senator Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran (D-Wailuku, Waihe‘e, Kahului). “Some of the best collegiate athletes coming out of our secondary schools have been girls and they deserve great facilities.”

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Senator Rosalyn H. Baker (D-South and West Maui) said “I’m delighted that so many important repair and maintenance projects for our Maui schools, especially for those in Lahaina and Kihei received funding as did critical transportation infrastructure projects at our harbors and West Maui roads. I’m especially pleased to see funding for much needed repairs and renovations for Maui Health Systems, including the initial funding for additional parking facilities at Maui Memorial Medical Center.

“Mahalo to my colleagues Senator Gil Keith-Agaran and Senator J. Kalani English, who are members of the Ways and Means Committee, for their hard work to address so many urgent capital improvement projects in Maui county,” she said.

Projects in the following categories include:

Public Schools

  • $17 million for a new classroom building at Pā‘ia Elementary
  • $10.405 million for softball and baseball facilities at King Kekaulike High
  • $7.4 million for a locker room, weight room, and dance floor for Baldwin High boys and girls athletics
  • $8 million for girls athletic locker and bathroom at Maui High
  • $2.2 million for the re-roofing of Baldwin High and Wailuku Elementary
  • $8.25 million for air conditioning improvements at Maui Waena Intermediate, ʻĪao Intermediate, Wailuku Elementary, and Kahului Elementary
  • $4 million for renovations for additional classrooms at Iao Intermediate
  • $2 million for track repair and resurfacing at Lahainaluna High
  • $5 million for electrical upgrades at Lahainaluna High
  • $6 million for a new classroom building at Kahului Elementary
  • $3 million for the plan and design for a new Central Maui Middle
  • $3 million for restrooms at the park at Maui High

In addition, Maui Nui schools will receive up to $13.615 million from the DOE’s repair and maintenance lump sum appropriation, with projects identified at Pā‘ia Elementary, Kamehameha III Elementary, Lahainaluna High, King Kekaulike High, Kualapu‘u Elementary, Moloka‘i High, Moloka‘i Middle, Baldwin High, Lihikai Elementary, Waihe‘e Elementary, Maui High, Kihei Elementary, Ha‘ikū Elementary, Princess Nāhiʻenaʻena Elementary, and Makawao Elementary.

Health

  • $6 million for improvements and renovations for Maui Health Systems (Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital, and Lāna’i Community Hospital)
  • $3 million for the plan and design of parking facilities at Maui Memorial Medical Center

Parks

  • $4 million for the restroom, wastewater system, parking paving, and road improvements for Waianʻāpanapa State Park

Highways

  • $9 million for Leialiʻi Parkway and highway improvements for Hawaiian Home Lands
  • $70 million for the re-alignment of Honoapi‘ilani Highway (Lahainaluna Road to Launiupoko)
  • $110 million for the Pā‘ia bypass
  • $40 million for the widening of Puʻunēnē Avenue 

Airports

  • $38 million for improvements to the Kahului Airport
  • $4 million for improvements to Hāna and Lāna‘i Airports 

Harbors

  • $57 million for improvements to the Kahului Harbor
  • $4.2 million for the replacement construction of the Lahaina Boat Ferry Pier
  • $3.5 million for the finger pier replacement of the Mā‘alaea Small Boat Harbor 

Agriculture

  • $9.3 million for improvements to the Moloka‘i irrigation system 

Courts and Public Safety

  • $4.36 million for security and renovations for Hoapili Hale
  • $4 million for the plan and design of the Maui Regional Public Safety Complex

*Video Courtesy Hawai’i State Senate.

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