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District 4 to receive almost a half-billion dollars in Capital Improvement Project funding

Residents of the new North Hawaii Senate District 4 will receive a larger share of the General Excise Taxes and Transient Accommodation Taxes that the community generates as a result of the passage on final reading on April 29 of the 2014 Legislature’s supplemental budget bill, according to District 4 Senator Malama Solomon.

With the passage of the biennium budget, HB 1700 CD1, Senate District 4 will receive close to a half-billion dollars in Capital Improvement Projects — $380 million in the first year of the biennium and $100 million in the second year of the biennium budget, said Sen. Solomon.

District 4 includes Hilo, Hamakua, Kohala, Waimea, Waikoloa, Puako, Kawaihae and North Kona.

Highlights of CIP funding to District 4 include:

Agriculture and food self reliance

$1.7 million, Waimea Irrigation System Improvements

$1 million, Lower Hamakua Ditch Watershed Project

$3.5 million, Waimea Homestead Community Agricultural Park (Waimea Nui)

Education

$9.89, million, Waimea Middle School (construction and equipment for a nine-classroom Science-Technology Building)

$1.7 million, Kanu O Ka ‘Aina Learning ‘Ohana (construction of a new community recreation center emergency shelter that would double as a school-community cafeteria and recreation center)

$2 million, Honoka‘a Elementary School (construction of student drop off and parking area)

$2 million, Honoka’a High School (athletic facility improvements)

$300,000, Kealakehe High School (construction of an all-weather and synthetic track)

University of Hawaii at Hilo

$33 million, College of Pharmacy (a new instructional facility)

$2.5 million, Astronomy (modernization and repair of 2.2 meter telescope on Mauna Kea)

$500,000, College of Agricultural, Forestry and Natural Resource Management (establish the Hilo International Flight Training Center)

Hawaiian Homelands

$60,000, Kailapa Community Association in Kawaihae (plan for a resource center)

Human Services

$250,000, The Food Basket, Inc. (repairs and maintenance)

Health

$1 million, West Hawaii Community Health Center

Labor and Industrial Relations

$200,000, Hawai‘i Island Humane Society (construction of the Hawaii Island Animal Community Center)

Land and natural resources

$3,000,000, Pu’u Wa’awa’a Structure Improvements and Dam Compliance

$8,000,000, Waimea District/Regional Park Plans (A 1:1 match with the County of Hawaii)

Transportation

$1.9 million, Kona International Airport at Keahole (south ramp taxiway and ramp improvements)

$500,000, Hilo Harbor (modifications to improve navigational safety and operational efficiencies)

$2 million, Wai‘aka Stream Bridge replacement and realignment at Kawaihae Road

$2 million, Highway 130 and Homestead Road intersection improvements

$1 million, Saddle Road Extension from the Hilo terminus to the Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway

$1 million, Sidewalk Improvements to Mamane Street in Honoka’a

$1 million, Traffic Operational Improvements to existing intersections and highway facilities

Mamalahoa Highway

$6.2 million, Drainage improvements by Pu’u Wa’awa’a Ranch Road

$4.5 million, Drainage improvements at Kawa

$810,000, Rehabilitation or replacement of Hilea Stream Bridge

Belt Road

$500,000, Rehabilitation or Replacement of Pahoehoe Stream Bridge

$4.9 million, Drainage improvements by Hakalau Bridge

$1.3 million, Rehabilitation or replacement of Ninole Bridge

Defense

$2 million, Youth Challenge Academy (upgrade and renovation of Keaukaha Military Reservation)

Total: $100.215 million