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  • Writer's pictureHawai'i House Democrats

Kauai CIP budget totals $217 million

Honolulu, Hawaii –When the State Legislature passed its $5.1 billion Capital Improvement Project budget bill May 21 for Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021, more than $217 million was set aside for projects on Kauai.

"We are in a time of financial crisis so Capital Improvement Projects are critical to help spur our local economies. This is a time to make much needed renovations, repairs and major maintenance to existing facilities," said Representative Daynette "Dee" Morikawa, House Majority Floor Leader. "Kauai legislators work together to assure that we receive our fair share of capital improvements."

HB 2725 HD1 SD1 funds Capital Improvement Projects including many "shovel ready" construction projects that can begin work quickly providing much needed jobs to help resuscitate our struggling economy due to the coronavirus.

Kauai projects include renovations, repairs, and major maintenance to existing facilities, landscape improvements, new construction, land acquisition, and utility modifications.

Representative Nadine K. Nakamura said one of the projects critical to the island is $1.3 million for Samuel Mahelona Hospital's CT Scanner and $1.4 million for the expansion of the facility.

"I'm pleased that the Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital Emergency Room will be expanded and that we've secured funds for a CT Scanner," said Representative Nakamura. "This means that all residents in our district will have access to CT scans without having to travel to Lihue."

Representative James Tokioka said residents frequently call his office with concerns about traffic and safety on our busy highways. "That's why I'm very pleased that $92 million has been appropriated to help alleviate the road congestion from Hanamaulu to Kapaa," said Representative Tokioka. "I appreciate the support from Senate President Kouchi and Finance Chair Sylvia Luke for funding these important projects for our community. Other important CIP projects include $19.2 million to finalizing the long-awaited completion of the Kauai High School gymnasium, $2 million for the covered curbside pick-up and drop-off area for Wilcox Elementary School, and $150,000 for the Kaumualii Elementary School's new playground. These projects support our economy and give much needed improvements to our schools."

Kauai Capital Improvement Projects:

  • $2 million for the Kauai Irrigation Systems improvements

  • $900,000 for Christian Crossing Bridge repairs

  • $600,000 for Kekaha Bridge improvements

  • $2.5 million for Kapaa High School parking lot and drainage improvements

  • $2.05 million for Kekaha Elementary School building repairs

  • $325,000 for Kilauea Elementary School outdoor play court repairs

  • $300,000 for Waimea Canyon Middle School architectural barrier removal

  • $1.5 million for Eleele Elementary School air conditioning

  • $4.2 million for Kauai High School girls' locker room facilities

  • $15 million for Kauai High School gymnasium

  • $150,000 for Kaumualii Elementary School playground equipment

  • $2 million for Wilcox Elementary School covered pick-up and drop-off

  • $8.7 million for Hawaii Health Systems Corp. renovations and expansion

  • $1.4 million for Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital CT Scan room renovation

  • $1.3 for Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital CT Scanner

  • $300,000 for Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital IT renovations

  • $650,000 for Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital 3D mammography machine

  • $1.3 million for Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital CT Scanner

  • $500,000 for Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital improvements

  • $220,000 for Pua Loke Baseyard septic system improvements

  • $150,000 for plant nursery and facility renovation

  • $800,000 for Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park comfort station, road and display repairs

  • $500,000 for the 50-acre Anahola Sports Complex plans and design

  • $12.24 million for the Kalaheo-Lawai-Omao Water System improvements

  • $3.12 million for Kilauea Water Systems improvements

  • $4.56 million for Waimea-Kekaha Water System improvements

  • $1.5 million for Hanapepe Stadium ticket and food booths and comfort stations

  • $2.1 million for Kilauea Gymnasium to upgrade wind strength capacity

  • $23 million for Lihue Airport facility improvements

  • $15 million for Nawiliwili Harbor improvements

  • $4 million for Port Allen Harbor improvements

  • $2 million for guardrail and shoulder improvements on state highways

  • $4.2 million for Kuhio Highway widening, drainage and slope stabilization

  • $7 million for traffic operational improvements to existing intersections and highways

  • $100,000 for Waimea Canyon Drive/Kokee Road improvements

  • $600,000 for Kauai Baseyard improvements

  • $92 million for Kuhio Highway improvements, Hanamaulu to Kapaa

  • $501,000 for Kuhio Highway improvements at Kolo Road/Kalamania Road

  • $500,000 for reconfiguration of Akukini Road and Kapule Highway


For more information contact:

Representative Daynette "Dee" Morikawa, Majority Floor Leader

16th District (Niʻihau, Lehua, Kōloa, Waimea)

Office: 808 586-6280 Toll Free: 274-3141, ext. 66280

Representative Nadine K. Nakamura 

14th District (Hanalei, Princeville, Kīlauea, Anahola, Kapaʻa, Wailua) 

Office: 808 586-8435

Representative James Kunane Tokioka

15th District (Wailua Homesteads, Hanamaulu, Līhu‘e, Puhi, Old Kōloa Town, ʻŌmaʻo)

Office: 808 586-6270


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