Hawaii State Budget Includes Over $331 Million for Capital Improvement Projects on the Big Island

Under the state budget passed by the Legislature, Big Island representatives secured more than $331 million in Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funding for the biennium of fiscal years 2018 and 2019 for various projects across Hawaii County. Hawaii lawmakers were also able to secure $5.4 million in Grants-In-Aid CIP for Big Island nonprofit organizations.

Notable CIP funding highlights for Hawaii County include:

  • $89 million for extending the Daniel K. Inouye Highway
  • $54.7 million for Hawaii Belt Road improvements
  • $40 million for Keaau-Pahoa Road improvements
  • $20.8 million for Mamalahoa Highway road and bridge improvements
  • $19.3 million for Hilo International Airport improvements
  • $14.8 million for Kona International Airport improvements
  • $13.2 million for Hawaii Community Correctional Center for medium security housing
  • $13 million to replace 4 mile Creek Bridge $8 million for Kawaihae Road improvements
  • $4.5 million for Hilo Counseling Center and Keawe Health Center Improvements
  • $4.4 million for Hilo High School track & field, auditorium and locker room improvements
  • $3.6 million for Kealakehe High School track, performing arts center and gym design and improvements
  • $3 million for air conditioning improvements at the University of Hawaii at Hilo
  • $3 million for Akoni Pule Highway realignment and widening
  • $2.5 million for Waiakeawaena Elementary School cafeteria and administrative buildings
  • $2.5 million for Keaukaha Military Reservation maintenance shop projects
  • $2 million for Hilo Medical Center Telehealth unit
  • $2 million for Hawaiian Home Lands lot development in Kaumana and Kau
  • $1.5 million for Honokaa High School for covered walkways
  • $1.2 million for Naalehu Elementary School covered walkways
  • $1.1 million for paving and drainage improvements at Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor
  • $1 million for Upolu Airport improvements
  • $1 million for Kohala High School gymnasium
  • $850,000 for West Hawaii Veteran’s Center plan, design and construction of a veteran’s center
  • $700,000 for Hawaii Community College trades and apprenticeship program and physics lab classroom
  • $700,000 for Kohala Middle School dual use play court/assembly area

In addition to the executive budget CIP funding, appropriations for Grants-In-Aid were also awarded to organizations for the benefit of the Hawaii Island community:

  • $925,000 for West Hawaii Community Health Center to build a health care facility
  • $800,000 for Waimea Nui Community Development Corp. to build a community agricultural park
  • $800,000 for Hamakua Health Center to build a new health center
  • $698,000 for Island of Hawaii YMCA repairs to the Hilo YMCA
  • $605,000 for Pacific Well Drilling and Pump Services for equipment
  • $500,000 for Kailapa Community Association to build a resource center
  • $500,000 for Laiopua 2020 to build a community center
  • $200,000 for Hawaii Island Community Development Corp. to build a new adult day care center
  • $130,000 for Friends of Palace Theater air conditioning system
  • $100,000 for Aloha Performing Arts Company for Aloha Theatre renovations
  • $100,000 for Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii to build affordable housing for low-income families in West Hawaii
  • $91,000 for Arts & Sciences Center fire alarm system

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