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House budget proposal include $390M for Big Isle


Big Island legislators secured more than $389.3 million in Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funding for various projects across the island in the recently passed House proposed budget.

The proposed budget includes funding for various airport and highway improvements, Hawaii Community Correctional Center, Big Island facilities for Hawaii Army National Guard, monies for Big Island schools and Hawaii Community College, and regional community centers.

Notable CIP funding highlights for Hawaii County include:


· $55 million for construction of Kona judiciary complex (FY2016)

· $30.2 million for construction of a new combined support maintenance shop for Hawaii Army National Guard at the Keaukaha Military Reservation

· $15 million for new housing and support offices for Hawaii Community Correctional Center

· $9 million for lump sum CIP for Hawaii Community Correctional Center

· $5.2 million for improvements and upgrades to the seawater system at the Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology Park (HOST)

· $4 million for improvements to lower Hamakua Ditch Watershed project

· $3.3 million for construction and renovation projects (Bldg. 621) at Hawaii Army National Guard’s Keaukaha Military Reservation

· $3 million for improvements to Kohala Ditch irrigation system

· $2 million for infrastructure and building of a post-harvest facility and vacuum cooling plant in Kamuela

· $1.6 million for improvements to the Keaukaha Military Reservation’s Youth Challenge Academy

· $1 million for construction of a storage warehouse at Pohakuloa Training Area

· $800,000 for construction and completion of Miolii Community Enrichment and Historical Center

· $330,000 for improvements to the research campus in the Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology Park (HOST)

· $150,000 for plans and design for the Kamoleao Laulima Community Resources Center


· $13.1 million for design and construction of a classroom building for Waikoloa Elementary/Middle school

· $9.5 million for renovation of former hospital into kitchen and classrooms for North Hawaii Education and Research Center, Hawaii Community College

· $2.3 million for covered play court at Kohala Middle School

· $2 million for construction of a covered play court at Haaheo Elementary School

· $2 million for renovations at Hilo Intermediate School

· $1.5 million for track and field facilities at Honokaa Park for Honokaa High School

· $1.5 million for construction of portable trailers for Hawaii Community College

· $1.2 million for community food kitchen for Friends of Kona Pacific Public Charter School

· $1 million for the transition from Keaau Elementary School to Keonepoko Elementary School

· $735,000 for improvements to covered walkway at Mountain View Elementary School

· $511,000 for electrical upgrades and covered walkway at Waiakea Intermediate School

· $355,000 for access road safety improvements for Kahakai Elementary School

· $335,000 to replace lighting and scoreboards in Konawaena High School gymnasium

· $300,000 for additional parking at Kealakehe Elementary School

· $300,000 for additional office and storage space for Hawaii Community College at Palamanui

· $290,000 for repair and maintenance at Naalehu Elementary School

· $285,000 for a certified commercial kitchen for Friends of the Volcano School of Arts & Sciences

· $200,000 for covered walkway at Pahoa Elementary School

· $150,000 for walkway safety lighting for Kau High School


· $127.2 million for improvements, new training facility and federal inspection station at Kona International Airport

· $15 million for repair and maintenance of feeder roads and alternate routes for Highway 130

· $8 million for rehabilitation and/or replacement of Ninole Bridge on Mamalahoa Highway

· $7.9 million for demolition of Pier 2 shed and water tower and related improvements at Hilo Harbor

· $7.6 million for a road maintenance facility near Mauna Kea State Park

· $7.1 million for improvements at Hilo International Airport

· $4.2 million for improvements to access ways in and out of Kawaihae Harbor

· $3.6 million for drainage improvements of Kohala Mountain Road

· $2.9 million for Keaau-Pahoa Road improvements

· $1.2 million for rehabilitation for Wailuku Bridge along Hawaii Belt Road

· $1 million for drainage and rockfall improvements along Hawaii Belt Road

· $1 million for replacement of Pahoehoe Stream Bridge along Hawaii Belt Road

· $660,000 for the Daniel K. Inouye Highway extension

· $$550,000 for water lines replacement at Santos Lane and Nohea Street

· 400,000 for improvements to North Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor

· $300,000 for repairs to Pohoiki Boat Ramp

· $150,000 for installation of runaway truck ramp along Kawaihae Road

· $101,000 for rehabilitation and/or replacement of Hilea Stream Bridge

· $50,000 for feasibility study for a small commercial airport in South Puna


· $8.5 million for a multi-purpose processing facility for Workforce Development

· $6.7 million for reroofing and improvements to Hilo Counseling Center and Keawe Health Center

· $2 million for land acquisition to Hilo Forest Reserve

· $1 million for feasibility study for a new University Hospital in Kona

· $1 million for dam compliance and improvements to Puu Waawaa dam

· $600,000 for land acquisition and design for a community center in Waiakea Uka

· $500,000 for an education center for the Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission

· $315,000 for design and construction of the Kailapa Community Resource Center

· $100,000 for fabrication and installation of exhibits at Hawaii Wildlife Center

Contact Information:

Representative Richard Creagan (Naalehu, Ocean View, Capt. Cook, Kealakekua, Kailua-Kona)
(808) 586-9605

Representative Cindy Evans (North Kona, North Kohala, South Kohala)
(808) 586-8510

Representative Joy San Buenaventura (Puna)
(808) 586-6530

Representative Nicole Lowen (Kailua-Kona, Holualoa, Kalaoa, Honokohau)
(808) 586-8400

Representative Mark Nakashima (Hamakua, North Hilo, South Hilo)
(808) 586-6680

Representative Richard Onishi (Hilo, Keaau, Kurtistown, Volcano)
(808) 586-6120

Representative Clift Tsuji (Keaukaha, parts of Hilo, Panaewa, Waiakea)
(808) 586-8480

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