Honolulu, Hawaii – Maui legislators secured more than $460 million in Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funding for various projects across the island. The largest single item by far was $130 million for construction of the new Kihei High School. Construction is expected to begin in 2015, and the full funding will allow bidding on the whole project, saving the State millions of dollars.
“Even as recent projections on growth for the State are tempered, we still need to evaluate our priorities to ensure that public funds are spent where they are warranted and most needed,” said House Speaker Joseph M. Souki, who represents Kahakuloa, Waihee, Waiehu, Puuohala, Wailuku and Waikapu.
“There has been much said about the cooling of our economy, with the new forecast from the state Council on Revenues. But that should not frighten us into taking no action, but motivate us to sharpen our pens so that we spend prudently, making the most of the dollars we do have.”
Here are the highlights of the CIP funding secured for the Maui districts:
- $130 million for the design and construction of a new high school in Kihei
- $2.5 million for the planning and design of a new middle school in Central Maui
- $6 million for the design and construction of a new pipeline system for upcountry Maui watershed.
- $2.7 million for the planning, design and construction for the Maui Food Innovation Center at the University of Hawaii – Maui campus.
- $6 million for the acquisition of land, and design and construction of a state agricultural park in upcountry Maui.
- $700,000 for the design and construction of two portable classrooms at Haiku Elementary School
- $14 million for the construction of a new auditorium at King Kekaulike High School
- $75,000 for the design and construction of pedestrian safety improvements at Lahaina Intermediate School
- $75,000 for various pedestrian safety improvements at Nahienaena Elementary School
- $9.7 million for the design and construction of the Central Maui Region Park and Sports Complex
- $20 million for the acquisition of land parcels at Lipoa Point, the purchase will preserve the land for future generations
- $1.5 million for the construction and purchase of equipment for an outdoor playcourt at Kalama Intermediate School
- $4 million for improvements to the track & field and stadium at King Kekaulike High School
- $1.2 million for the design and construction of two portable classrooms at Makawao Elementary School
- $750,000 for various improvements to Maui High School, including to the weight training/wrestling room and the band/choir room
- $100,000 for landscaping at Pukalani Elementary
- A total of $5 million for the plans, design and construction of site improvements and infrastructure of a master-planned mixed use development in Pulehunui
- $32.5 million for the design and construction of a new parking garage at Maui Memorial Hospital
- $950,000 for the construction of phase 2 of the Easter Seals Maui campus
- $370,000 for the replacement of wooden piers at Maalaea Small Boat Harbor
- $5.5 million for the construction of a replacement building to support various departmental divisions & programs
- A total of $800,000 for sand replenishment at Kaanapali Beach
- $10 million for the construction of a new access road to Kahului Airport from Hana Highway
- $6 million for capital improvements that will provide for safer and more efficient use of operational areas at Kahului Harbor
- $20.5 million for environmental planning and the construction of capital improvements for better operational areas at Hana Harbor
- $3 million for the construction of shoreline improvements to include shoreline erosion mitigation and roadway work at Honoapiilani Highway
- $8.5 million for the realignment and widening of Honoapiilani Highway from Lahainaluna Road to the vicinity of Launiupoko
- A total of $72.6 million for the land acquisition and planning of a new two-lane highway from Kihei to Upcountry Maui
- Almost $5.5 million for the rehabilitation of a concrete bridge on Honoapiilani Highway in the vicinity of Honolua Bay
- $6.18 million for various improvements along Hana Highway
- $3.08 million for the construction of miscellaneous improvements to existing intersections and highway facilities necessary for improved traffic operation
- $3.25 million for construction to extend the left turn lane at Makawao Avenue to Haleakala Highway and to construct pedestrian facilities
- $2 million for various improvements along Maui highways including guardrail and shoulder improvements
- $10 million for the widening of Puunene Avenue from Kamehameha Avenue to Kuihelani Highway from two- to four-lanes, and for the installation of safety improvements.
Joseph M. Souki (District 8)
Justin H. Woodson (District 9)
Angus McKelvey (District 10)
Kaniela Ing (District 11)
Kyle T. Yamashita (District 12)
Mele Carroll (District 13)