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Governor Abercrombie Releases $62.4 Million for Education Facilities Statewide

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $62.4 million for capital improvement projects (CIP) that will improve various Hawaii Department of Education (DOE) facilities across the state, while stimulating the economy and generating local jobs.

“These funds will help to create a better learning environment for our keiki and provide teachers with the tools they need to succeed,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “In the process, the funds will create work for hundreds in Hawaii.”

Kau High School

Allotment of funds for the following projects, identified by state legislators, has been approved by the Governor:

$36,365,000 – Improving and Maintaining Facilities and Infrastructure – Planning, design, construction and equipment to improve and maintain facilities and infrastructure for various schools statewide. DOE’s estimated backlog for repair and maintenance is at $265 million. These projects include general school building improvements, electrical upgrades and playground equipment repair, along with maintenance and other school repairs and renovations. Some of these funds will go to the overall repair project at the damaged Farrington High Auditorium.

$7,554,000 – Program Support – Planning, land, design, construction and equipment for program support at various schools statewide, including new/temporary facilities, improvements to existing facilities, ground and site improvements, and for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and gender equity. ADA projects include McKinley High, Baldwin High, Kohala Elementary and Honokaa High. Gender equity projects include Keaau High, Waiakea High and Waipahu High softball fields and Kahuku High and Intermediate girls’ athletic locker room. Funds will also complete construction of a locker room project at Lahainaluna High and complete design of a locker room at Konawaena Middle School.

$7,500,000 – Equity – Design and construction for equality projects to improve instructional spaces such as science labs, special education classroom renovations and classrooms on a statewide basis for classroom/learning environment parity. Equity projects also include energy improvements relating to heat abatement in classrooms.

$5,800,000 – Capacity – Plans, land, design, construction and equipment for capacity projects at various schools statewide nearing their enrollment capacity or are short of classroom space.

$5,200,000 – Staff Costs and Project Positions – Fiscal Year 2014 costs related to wages and fringe benefits for 60 project-funded permanent staff. The positions will provide the technical and clerical support necessary for the DOE to adequately address their CIP needs by moving its CIP project-funded staff to the vacant Liliuokalani Elementary in the near future.

Governor Abercrombie Releases $18.7 Million for Capital Improvement Projects

Governor Abercrombie announced the release of more than $18.7 million in capital improvement project (CIP) and grant funds for priority repairs and improvements at state facilities and public schools, as well as installation of a new photovoltaic system for a charter school on Kauai.

“Our economy is getting stronger, and capital improvement projects are key to maintaining our positive momentum while enriching state services, improving public areas and enhancing learning environments throughout Hawaii,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “A portion of these funds will go toward the installation of a new photovoltaic system at Ke Kula Niihau O Kekaha Charter School on Kauai, allowing the school and its K through 12 students to meet 100 percent of their classrooms’ energy needs.”

Allotment of funds for the following priority projects, identified by members of the state Legislature, has been approved by the Governor:
Kauai High School


$9,895,000 – Kauai High School Gymnatorium, Kauai – Construction for a new gymnatorium (gymnasium/auditorium) building, which will include a wrestling room, boys and girls locker rooms, an athletic director’s office, and other support spaces

$2,500,000 – Heeia Elementary School, Oahu – Design and construction to provide covered play courts and help alleviate drainage issues due to frequent rain common in the Kaneohe area

$1,000,000 – Campbell High Athletic Track and Field Complex, Oahu – Design and construction for improvements to the existing cinder track and a new press booth; the project will also start design for a new synthetic track

$180,060 – Ke Kula Niihau O Kekaha Charter School Photovoltaic System, Kauai – Capital improvement grant to Aha Punana Leo, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, for planning, design and construction of a new 30 kilowatt photovoltaic system to supply 100 percent of the charter school’s power


$2,597,000 – Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) CIP Administrative Services, statewide – Financing for wages and fringe benefits of DLNR’s project-funded positions for fiscal year 2014

$2,000,000 –  Puhawai Culvert, Oahu – Construction of culverts and other related drainage improvements to alleviate flooding along Puhawai Road in Waianae (The Lualualei Flats area is prone to flooding due to insufficient drainage infrastructure, lack of stream maintenance, and illegal dumping in streams and ditches)

$300,000 – Hilo Harbor Mooring Buoys, Hawaii Island – Construction to install five-day use mooring buoys (DMBs) as mitigative measures to comply with permit requirements for the dredging of Hilo Harbor (DLNR will install DMBs as part of the existing program to provide mooring opportunities in areas of high vessel traffic to reduce damage to natural resources from anchors)

$300,000 – Kewalo Basin Jetty Riprap Wall Repair, Oahu – Design to repair the riprap wall, located in a popular surfing area, which has been damaged by wave action creating potential danger to individuals


West Hawaii Slated to Receive Captial Improvement Funds – The Projects

West Hawai’i is slated to receive funds for new capital improvement projects based on the state budget which passed out of conference committee in the early morning hours of Saturday, April 28, 2012. The budget bill now goes to the full House and Senate for final vote, and, if passed, will be sent to the Governor to be signed into law.

Some of the major projects include $7.5 million for West Hawai’i Community College at Palamanui, and Honokohau small boat harbor for critical upgrades on parking, roads, water systems, electrical systems and other miscellaneous areas in need of repair.

“I am extremely pleased that the 2012 supplemental budget includes additional capital improvement for West Hawaii facilities,” said Representative Denny Coffman, (House District 6 (North Kona, Keauhou, Kailua-Kona, Honokohau).   “In particular, the new community college facilities being constructed a mile north of the airport next to the Palamanui development project is important because it expands the educational opportunities for West Hawai’i residents.”

“The community has waited a long time for the funding to build a community college campus in West Hawai’i”, says Representative Cindy Evans, House District 7 (North Kona, South Kohala). “Now we have to encourage the University and the Governor to make this dream a reality by building it”.

The West Hawai’i projects receiving funding are:

  • Kona International Airport at Ke’ahole                      $10,400,000.00
  • West Hawaii Community College – Palamanui          $  7,500,000.00
  • Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawai’i Authority      $  6,300,000.00
  • Honokohau Small Boat Harbor                                  $     650,000.00
  • Kawaihae Harbor                                                        $11,500,000.00
  • Kona Community Hospital                                         $  6,050,000.00
  • Waikoloa Public Library                                             $     800,000.00
  • Kamuela Vacuum Cooling Plant                                $   1,000,000.00
  • Waimea Irrigation System                                          $        40,000.00
  • Kohala Mountain Road                                              $   3,600,000.00
  • Kohala Hospital                                                          $   2,200,000.00
  • Laiopua 2020                                                              $      400,000.00

In addition, the supplemental budget includes $250 million for repair and maintenance for public facilities statewide, including public schools.


“We anticipate that many of the schools in West Hawaii will benefit from the increased repair and maintenance schedule, and this should also create more construction jobs for Hawaii Island,” added Rep. Evans.

Funds Released for Kona Community Hospital Capital Improvement Projects

A portion of the more than $34.2 million of Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funds released today by Governor Neil Abercrombie will benefit Kona Community Hospital.

The Kona Community Hospital will receive $5,000,000 in CIP funds towards the repair and upgrade of emergency disaster infrastructure at the hospital, including replacement of elevator, water sprinkler, and chiller systems; reroofing to repair leaks above the emergency and operating rooms; and upgrades within the emergency room.

“We thank the Governor for his support of Kona Community Hospital,” said Representative Denny Coffman (District 6 – North Kona, Keauhou, Kailua-Kona, Honokohau).  “These funds will allow Kona Community Hospital to better serve the communities and residents of Kona.”

“We need to make sure our hospital infrastructure can meet the demands on it,” added Rep. Cindy Evans (District 7 – North Kona, South Kohala).  “I’m pleased the Governor released funding to ensure the infrastructure is in top condition to meet the treatment of patients.”

Governor Abercrombie Releases $15.6 Million for Additional CIP Projects

Continuing to expedite the release of funds for “shovel-ready” Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) mentioned in Monday’s State of the State address, Governor Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $15.6 million for various projects that invest in the state’s public safety, wastewater, civil defense and communications infrastructure.

“Each of these projects represents a long-term investment in our state and its people in the form of maintaining core services, facilities and resources, and generating jobs within our state,” said Governor Abercrombie. “I look forward to continuing to work with state Legislators to identify and expedite similar Capital Improvement Projects in the coming weeks.”

  • $6,650,000 – State Department of Public Safety, various facilities statewide – Design, construction and miscellaneous items for repairs and alterations at O’ahu Community Correctional Center, Halawa Correctional Facility, Hawai’i Community Correctional Facility, Kaua’i Community Correctional Facility, Waiawa Correctional Facility, Women’s Community Correctional Facility, and other correctional facilities
  • $3,518,308 – State Department of Accounting and General Services (DAGS), Public Works Division – Project funded staff positions for the third and fourth quarters of Fiscal Year 2012
  • $3,157,000 – Wastewater Treatment Revolving Funds, statewide – Construction for wastewater treatment projects (Funds fulfill 20 percent state match required for $15,781,000 in federal funds.)
  • $1,650,000 – Hawai’i Army National Guard, Building 117, O’ahu – Design, construction and works of art for the renovation of the Building 117 at Kalaeloa
  • $664,338 – DAGS, Information and Communications Services Division (ICSD), various facilities on O’ahu – Acquisition and installation of trunked radio repeater systems at the Hawaiian Telcom radio station at Pu’u Papa’a, Kane’ohe; ICSD radio facility at Round Top, Honolulu; and control station at the ICSD Assistance Center, Honolulu