Over $94 Million in Improvements to the Leeward Coast Appropriated by the 2014 State Legislature

Updated 6/16/14
Maile header 2014

Aloha Friends,

I am pleased to report that the Legislature this biennium has approved more than $94 million for the Leeward Coast to improve infrastructure of areas relating to transportation, education, healthcare, energy and agricultural systems. We also received a half-million dollars for an environmental assessment and to protect the watershed in Makaha Valley.

These investments to our schools, roads, bridges, harbors and natural resources are important to the future of our community. The various projects will help create more jobs, stimulate the economy and continue to build and protect our community.

This session we have received a significant amount of money – more than $24 million – to support our keiki through investments in school and library infrastructure. Nanakuli will get a new public library while various projects are planned for Wai‘anae Elementary School and Wai‘anae High School to improve their buildings. In Makaha, its elementary school will get more than $1 million for ADA access design and construction, and in Kalaeloa, the Youth Challenge Academy will see building repairs and improvements.

I’m also extremely pleased to report that the Legislature this session approved $500,000 for an environmental assessment and to construct a fence line in Makaha Valley to protect the watershed. Even more, improvements will be made to Wai‘anae’s Agricultural Park through the approval of $600,000 for design and construction.

On the Wai‘anae Coast, maintaining and improving our transportation infrastructure is always top of mind. You will be happy to know that we have received $400,000 for design and improvements to help ease congestion along Farrington Highway between Honokai Hale and Hakimo Road. In addition, more than $14 million has been approved to make improvements to bridges in Ma‘ili, Makaha and Nanakuli. Finally, with the approval of $9.5 million, we will soon see construction of a multi-use path from the Waipio Point Access Road to Lualualei Naval Road. Several of these investments will help bring in federal financing and/or reimbursement. (See below for more details about these and other projects)

As your State Senator, I’m committed to working with you and my colleagues to identify and secure essential funding needed to maintain and build our communities to improve the quality of life for our families.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you during another successful legislative session. During the interim, I look forward to speaking with all of you and continuing to work together to achieve greater results. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at senshimabukuro@capitol.hawaii.gov or 808-586-7793.

Mahalo Nui Loa,

Maile Shimabukuro
State Senator
District 21 – Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Ko ‘Olina, Nanakuli, Ma‘ili, Wai‘anae, Makaha, Makua

Projects approved by the Legislature in 2014 include:

Education

East Kapolei High School
$5 million for design, construction and equipment for new high school; ground and site improvements

Wai‘anae Elementary School
$5 million for plans, design and construction for a new administration building, including ground and site improvements.

Wai‘anae High School
$2 million for plans, designs and construction for various projects, including $500,000 for plans and design to connect two existing Searider Productions Media buildings, and $1.5 million for plans, design and construction to replace existing wooden bleachers with aluminum bleachers.

Makaha Elementary School
$1.5 million for design and construction for ADA access and improvements for Buildings A and B, including ground and site improvements and equipment.

Seagull School Childcare Center
$1.2 million for construction of a childcare center at Kapolei Elementary School

New Nanakuli Public Library
$15.5 million for construction for a new library, including ground and site improvements and equipment.

Cool Schools Initiative
$36m for statewide heat abatement, air conditioning, and other related projects in public schools

Energy & Environment

Abandoned Tires HB2509
$50,000 for the removal of abandoned tires and prevention efforts

Kalaeloa Enterprise Energy Corridor
$7 million for plans, design and construction of an electrical distribution system between Roosevelt Road and Tripoli Road. This project may also include the construction of a service roadway to maintain corridor as required by HECO.

Hawai‘i Maoli
$500,000 grant funds for plans, design, construction and equipment for an environmental assessment and to construct a fence line in Makaha Valley to protect the watershed.

Harbors

Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor
$3 million for plans and design for a new fuel pier facility and other related improvements.

Kalaeloa-Barbers Point Harbor Modifications
$400,000 for plans and design to modify the turning basin, entrance channel and other physical features to improve navigational safety and operational efficiencies.

Transportation

Nanakuli Avenue Crosswalk Improvements
$127,000 for plans, design and construction for a traffic study and the possible relocation of existing crosswalk.

Farrington Highway Improvements between Honokai Hale and Hakimo Road
$400,000 for design and improvements along Farrington Highway for alternative congestion relief and/or safety improvements along Farrington Highway between Honokai Hale and Hakimo Road. This project is necessary to qualify for federal aid financing and/or reimbursement.

Farrington Highway, Ulehawa Stream Bridge
$201,000 for land acquisition for the rehabilitation and/or replacement of Ulehawa Stream Bridge. This project is necessary to qualify for federal aid financing and/or reimbursement.

Farrington Highway, Makaha Bridges
$10 million for construction for the replacement of bridges around Makaha Beach Park to include sidewalks, bridge railings and other improvements. This project is necessary to qualify for federal aid financing and/or reimbursement.

Farrington Highway, Maipalaoa Bridge
$2.5 million for construction for replacement of a pre-stressed tee-beam bridge on Farrington Highway. This project is necessary to qualify for federal aid financing and/or reimbursement.

Health

Wai‘anae Coast comprehensive Health Center (WCCHC)
$500,000 grant to upgrade and expand the emergency services building.

Poi Dogs Popoki
$200,000 for design, construction and equipment for renovation and improvements for Popoki Place in Kapolei, which promotes healthy pets and pet care

Oahu Bikeways
$9,546,000 million for land acquisition, design and construction for a multi-use path from the vicinity of Waipio Point Access Road to Lualualei Naval Road. This project is necessary to qualify for federal aid financing and/or reimbursement.

Economic Development & Job Training

Army Aviation Support Facility
$30,318,000 for plans, design, construction, and equipment for a new Army Aviation Support Facility at Kalaeloa.

Youth Challenge Academy
$340,000 for plans, design and construction for repairs and improvements to building 32.

Wai‘anae Agricultural Park
$600,000 for design and construction for miscellaneous improvements.

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