HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $33 million for various capital improvement projects (CIP) administered by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) that invest in state parks, boating facilities, hazard mitigation and watershed protection.
“Hawaii’s natural resources are renowned the world over and are a significant part of what makes our state such a special place to call home,” Governor Abercrombie said. “It is important that we invest in protecting these natural resources and the safety of our residents and visitors who enjoy them year-round.”
Allotment of funds for the following projects, identified by state legislators, has been approved by the Governor. Maui County projects are listed in bold type:
$11,510,000 – Lump Sum Improvements at Boating and Ocean Recreation Facilities, statewide – Design and construction funds for improvements at the Kailua-Kona Wharf loading dock, Puako Launch Ramp and Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor-South on Hawaii Island; Sand Island Launch Ramp, along with Ala Wai, Heeia, Keehi and Waianae Kea Small Boat Harbors on Oahu; Kaunakakai, Lahaina and Manele Small Boat Harbors in Maui County; and Kikiaola, Nawiliwili and Port Allen Small Boat Harbors on Kauai.
$8,750,000 – Rockfall and Flood Mitigation, statewide – Design and construction funds to address areas where boulders and rock outcroppings on state lands have fallen and caused damage or have a high potential for becoming dislodged and threatening public health and safety or property. The funds will retain specialty consultants and contractors to perform detailed assessments, design and/or construction of mitigative measures to protect public safety and/or reduce state liability from potential hazardous conditions imposed by state-owned lands. Projects include rockfall or flood mitigation at Hanapepe, Kauai; Haleiwa, Oahu; Diamond Head, Oahu; Pali Lookout, Oahu; Makapuu, Oahu; Iao Valley State Park, Maui; and other areas statewide that may be deemed to pose hazardous conditions.
$6,750,000 – Lump Sum CIP Improvements at State Parks, statewide – Planning, design and construction funds for a wide range of repair and improvement projects including park and facility infrastructure system improvements and historical facilities and monuments repairs. State park facilities include Sand Island State Recreational Area, Oahu; Kokee State Park, Kauai; Haena State Park, Kauai; Makena State Park, Maui; Hapuna Beach State Recreational Area, Hawaii Island; and other various state park facilities.
$3,000,000 – State Parks Hazard Mitigation, statewide – Design, construction and equipment funds to address natural hazard incidents, rockfall hazards, slope erosion hazards, flooding and drainage hazards, park emergency and clean-up response, and equipment to implement the mitigation improvements.
$3,000,000 – Watershed Initiative, statewide – Construction funds for fencing to protect forest lands and watersheds from non-native cattle, goats, pigs and deer at the Alakai Wilderness Preserve on Kauai, along with the Ewa Forest Reserve, Kaluanui Natural Area Reserve and Kaala Natural Area Reserve on Oahu. Funds will also be used to plant native trees to restore the watersheds on the north slope of Mauna Kea on Hawaii Island.
$800,000 ($400,000 in special funds, $400,000 in private contribution funds) – Kaanapali Beach Restoration and Berm Enhancement, Maui – Planning and design funds to replace approximately 50,000 cubic yards of sand from near offshore locations to the shoreline to restore and enhance the recreational and aesthetic enjoyment of approximately 3,200 feet of Kaanapali Beach. DLNR has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Kaanapali Operations Associations (KOA), which states that KOA will equally share in the cost of the project.
HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi today issued a joint statement in response to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s decision to deny the state’s request for “Individual Assistance” for the victims of Tropical Storm Iselle:
“The state and the County of Hawaii are working together to gather sufficient additional information, including socio-economic data, to justify a successful appeal.
“In the meantime, county, state and other federal agencies, as well as nonprofit organizations, are providing support under their own authorities. The state also remains eligible for a declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration, which will enable qualified individuals and businesses to receive low-interest loans for repairs
HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $15.5 million for various capital improvement projects for Department of Transportation (DOT) highways and facilities.
“These funds will allow priority repair and maintenance projects to move forward, improve safety along our state highways, and in the process give a boost to our economy through job growth in construction,” Gov. Abercrombie said.
Allotment of funds for the following projects, identified by state legislators, has been approved by the Governor. Maui County will see $3.9 million dollars to tackle two very large projects. Maui County projects are highlighted in bold type:
$3,800,000 – Kuamoo Road Slope Stabilization, Vicinity of Wailua State Park, Kauai – Design and construction funds for slope stabilization measures to mitigate rockfall incidents.
$2,340,000 – Miscellaneous Permanent Best Management Practices, Oahu – Additional construction funds to meet stormwater runoff permitting requirements as set forth by the state Department of Health (DOH) for various highway locations. These best management practices will allow DOT to address the DOH permit conditions and reduce erosion within the highways right-of-way and adjacent areas, as well as improving water quality in various watersheds.
$2,340,000 – Hana Highway Improvements, Phase 2A, Huelo to Hana, Maui – Additional design and construction funds for slope stabilization of the roadway embankment at Milepost 13, Special Management Area permit requirements, archaeological reports, mitigation via Historic American Buildings Survey documentation, and public informational meetings. This project will include road improvements and restoration to the 32-mile length of roadway, which is the only paved all-weather road to the Hana and Keanae communities. Existing drainage facilities will also be improved to decrease maintenance costs and will provide a safer roadway.
$2,000,000 – Slope Improvements for Erosion Control at Various Sites, Phase 6, Oahu – Construction funds for erosion control mitigation measures, including vegetative swales, filtering systems and detention ponds for DOT Highway facilities.
$1,650,000 – Haleakala Highway Intersection Improvements at Kula Highway, Maui – Design and construction funds to reduce traffic at the intersection by installing a right turn lane and upgrading the traffic signal system.
$410,000 – Pedestrian Countdown Timers, Phase II, Oahu – Construction funds for improvement of various pedestrian facilities to increase pedestrian safety and to comply with current design standards.
$400,000 – Kaumualii Highway, Intersection Improvements at Waimea Canyon Drive and Menehune Road/Halepule Road, Kauai – Design funds for the installation of new traffic signals, utility relocations and construction of auxiliary turning lanes and associated roadway improvements at both intersections.
$355,000 – Kamehameha Highway, Traffic Operational Improvements, Vicinity of Lumiaina Street, Oahu – Design and additional construction funds for improved traffic flow in the area by constructing an additional left-turn lane from Lumiaina Street onto Kamehameha Highway. The traffic signal system at the intersection will also be modified to accommodate the additional lane.
$250,000 – Waimea Baseyard Wastewater Systems, Hawaii Island – Additional design and construction funds for a new wastewater system to comply with DOH and Environmental Protection Agency requirements.
$160,000 – Kamehameha Highway, Rehabilitation of Waipilopilo Stream Bridge, Oahu – Land funds for three permanent easements and 10 temporary construction parcels near Hauula Beach Park for the bridge rehabilitation project. Built in 1932, the bridge does not meet current design standards, vehicular load requirements or seismic criteria. The scope of work includes widening the existing bridge, roadway improvements, utility relocation, upgrading bridge end posts, and guardrail connections and end treatments to meet the current design standards.
$157,000 – Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and Motorcycle License Testing Facility, Oahu – Design funds for a new testing facility for CDL and motorcycle license. The current facility at Aloha Stadium will be displaced by the Honolulu Area Rapid Transit project.
$47,000 – Queen Kaahumanu Highway, Intersection Improvements at Kawaihae Road, Hawaii Island – Additional land and design funds to construct a new dedicated right turn lane, increase existing turn lane storage lengths, and install a new acceleration lane at the intersection. Unanticipated archaeological sites were encountered during the design of this project and an archaeological survey was required. Land funds are being used to acquire three zoned agricultural parcels from the Queen Emma Foundation for this project, required for the new highway.
$45,000 – Kalanianaole Highway Improvements, Vicinity of Hawaii Kai Drive to Keahole Street, Oahu – Additional construction funds to improve traffic flow at the intersection. Additional construction funds are needed due to delays and impact costs including additional excavation of soft soil discovered during construction, installation of fiber optic utility lines, and the replacement of drainage pipes in the construction area.
$5,000 – Nimitz Highway Bike Improvements, Puuhale Road to Waiakamilo Road, Oahu – Design funds for highway bike improvements to existing bicycle facilities by incorporating bike accommodations on the inbound and outbound lanes of Nimitz Highway and extending the existing bike lanes from Waiakamilo Road to Puuhale Road.
HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie today signed an emergency proclamation in anticipation of the arrival of two tropical cyclones in Hawaii. Hurricane Iselle is forecast to impact the state Thursday evening through late Friday. Hurricane Julio is a few days behind Iselle and may impact the islands as soon as Sunday.
The proclamation, which includes the entire state, activates the Major Disaster Fund set aside by the Legislature for disaster relief. It also allows easier access to emergency resources at the state and federal levels, along with the suspension of certain laws as needed for emergency purposes.
“We want to make sure we are doing everything possible to protect the public,” said Gov. Abercrombie. “This proclamation improves the state’s ability to respond quickly to any potential impacts from both storms.”
The disaster emergency relief period for the proclamation begins today and continues through Aug. 15, 2014.
Recommended preparedness actions may be found on the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency website at scd.hawaii.gov. Residents are also encouraged to enroll in local notification systems and monitor local radio and television broadcasts.
WAILUKU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie, Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui and Mayor Alan Arakawa today joined with Maui community leaders and sporting organizations to break ground for the new Central Maui Regional Sports Complex.
Located in the Wailuku-Waikapu region in Central Maui, the complex is designated in the master planned community of Waiale being developed by Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. The complex will encompass up to 65 acres of land and will be completed in phases, which will ultimately include a full-size baseball field, a quad of softball fields, a little league baseball quad, and an area for soccer fields. Comfort stations, concession buildings, and new infrastructure including a parking lot and utilities are also part of the project’s scope. The project is being funded by $4.7 million in general obligation (G.O.) bond funds.
“The Central Maui Regional Sports Complex will benefit the entire Maui community to meet an overwhelming demand for active sports fields on the island,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “Today’s groundbreaking is the result of collaboration between the state and county along with the Maui community. In the truest sense, it is an investment in this community’s future.”
Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui added: “This long-awaited and much needed sports complex will be a gathering place for families and children to play and spend quality time together. Once completed, the park could serve as a venue to host local, statewide, national and international sporting events. It has the potential to be a revenue generator for Maui and the State.”
Mayor Arakawa said: “It is clear that there is a growing need for more play fields now within Central Maui. Sometimes there are as many as five sports clubs using the same field. Central Maui sports groups that receive athletic field permits include: MGSA, Bronco League, Little League, American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), Hawaii Youth Soccer Association (HYSA), HSF, as well as adult leagues for soccer, softball, baseball and softball tournament.”
The Department of Land and Natural Resources is the agency tasked with implementing this project. DLNR Chairperson William J. Aila, Jr. commented: “We understand that we must balance the positive benefits of this project with any impacts on adjacent communities. Therefore, to be good neighbors, we have conducted the necessary due diligence and believe we have provided adequate mitigation measures to address community concerns.”
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· Project Managing Agency: Department of Land & Natural Resources, State Parks Division and Engineering Division.
· Design Consultant: R.M. Towill Corporation.
· Construction Contractor: Goodfellow Bros., Inc.
· Full build-out of the complex will consists of one high school baseball field, four softball fields, four little league baseball fields, three soccer fields, comfort stations, concession stands, parking with 700+ stalls, landscaping, an irrigation well and storage tank.
· Total park acreage: Approximately 65 acres
· Project will be built out in phases
o Phase 1 of the project will construct a high school baseball field, two softball fields, two comfort stations, a concession stand, parking, landscaping, irrigation well and storage tank.
o Phase 1 construction cost is approximately $14.8 million.
o Phase 1 construction will start in August 2014 and will be completed in October 2015.
o Phase I has been awarded to Goodfellow Bros, Inc
· Future Phases
o $5 million in additional CIP funding has been appropriated in FY 2015
o This $5 million will be used toward constructing two additional softball fields, four little league baseball fields, three soccer fields, an additional concession stand, additional comfort stations, parking and landscaping.
KAHULUI – Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of $3.5 million for the renovation and repurposing of the former Hale Haumana student housing facility at the University of Hawaii (UH) Maui College into the Hospitality Academy of Maui.
“The university has partnered with local resorts to convert these four deteriorated wooded buildings into a hands-on learning laboratory for students to manage and operate a hotel operation with real public guests and resort-level rooms,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “Once complete, revenue generated at the ‘teaching hotel’ will support the operation of this unique, real-world classroom.”
Identified by the state Legislature, design and construction funds for the capital improvement project will be used for reroofing and renovation of building walls, windows, plumbing, and electrical infrastructure, along with new floors, air conditioning and lightning. Local resort partners have agreed to sponsor interior furnishings.
The Hospitality Academy of Maui is part of the UH Maui College’s Hospitality and Tourism (HOST) Program. The UH Maui College Chancellor will be responsible for the overall management and operation of the project. The HOST Program Coordinator or designee will oversee daily operations of the Hospitality Academy of Maui, and serve as the hotel’s general manager.
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