Capital Improvements Budget Is Out

  The state legislature’s proposed annual budget is out, with its annual gift to the construction industry: the Capital Improvement Projects  (CIP) funding.  The biggest CIP allocations on this island are a $61 airport firefighters’ training facility at Kona Airport, $55 million in continued funding for the Judiciary Complex in Kona, and $8.5 million for a “multi-purpose workforce development processing facility.” Other big island projects include: 

·         $1.2 million for the plans and design of a new hospital in Kona

·         $2.35 million for the design and construction of a Kamuela post-harvest facility and vacuum cooling plant

·         $330,000 for improvements to the research campus in the Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology Park

·         $30.212 for the construction of a new combined support maintenance shop complex for Hawaii Army National Guard at the Keaukaha military reservation

·         $1.675 million for Youth Challenge Academy renovations and improvements at Keaukaha military reservation

·         $2 million for the design of Building A phase 1 renovations at Hilo Intermediate School

·         $1 million for the construction of bleachers at Honokaa High School

·         $230,000 for the construction of drainage improvements and a raised covered walkway at Mountain View Elementary School

·         $450,000 for a new baseball batting cage at Waiakea High School

·         $1.58 million for the design of a new classroom building at Waikoloa Elementary and Middle School

·         $300,000 for parking improvements at Kealakehe Elementary School

·         $1 million for the design and construction for Pu’u Wa’awa’a structure improvements and dam compliance

·         $400,000 for the plans and design for improvements at the North Kawaihae small boat harbor

·         $600,000 for the land acquisition and design for a community center in Waiakea Uka

·         $200,000 for building renovations and improvements at the Paauilo slaughterhouse plant

·         $3.5 million for airfield improvements at Hilo International Airport

·         $1.425 million for physical modifications to improve navigational safety and operational efficiencies at Hilo Harbor

·         $3.6 million for Kohala Mountain Road drainage improvements by mile post 10.60

·         $8 million for the rehabilitation of Ninole Bridge along Mamalahoa Highway (route 11)

·         $15 million for repair and maintenance of feeder roads and alternate routes for Highway 130

·         $660,000 for land acquisition to extend the Daniel K. Inouye Highway from the Hilo terminus to the Queen Kaahumanu Highway

·         $1.5 million for the construction of portable trailers at Hawaii Community College

·         $350,000 to renovate the tennis court at Honokaa High and Intermediate School

·         $2.46 million lump sum for renovations at Hilo High School

·         $1.23 million lump sum for renovations at Konawaena Middle School

·         $780,000 lump sum for renovations at Kohala High

·         $4.99 million for photovoltaic projects for East Hawaii HHSC region

·         $3.492 million total for renovations at Kona Community Hospital

·         $750,000 for an 80 bed intake unit at Hawaii Community Correctional Center to address overcrowding

6 replies
  1. Tom Young says:

    $3.492 million total for renovations at Kona Community Hospital and $1.2 million for the plans and design of a new hospital in Kona makes little sense. How about throwing $1M+ at the Puna District for more Police?

  2. Obie
    Obie says:

    The state legislature’s proposed annual budget is out, with its annual gift to the construction industry

    ” $15 million for repair and maintenance of feeder roads and alternate routes for Highway 130″

    Isn’t this a good thing ?

  3. Sara Steiner
    Sara Steiner says:

    Nothing really for Puna at all, besides some road maintenance for emergency roads we can’t use and Mt. View school gets some new rain protection.

    Goes along with my theory that the powers in charge don’t want people living in lower Puna and will keep it as uncomfortable as possible until people leave so they can industrialize lower Puna using geothermal power.

    Ohmmmmmmmm… The real Punatics are staying right here.

  4. steeleyeyedrocketman
    steeleyeyedrocketman says:

    hawaii county needs a petition to take $45M from the
    judiciary complex (taxpayer) funding and apply it to the
    “multi-purpose workforce development processing facility”
    and try “create” a broader tax base before we take more
    from the taxpayer to fund judges and lawyers who only take
    money.

    No Brainer?

  5. Kelly
    Kelly says:

    Dear Sara – I agree with you that some powers-that-be want to expand geothermal and industrialize Puna makai. History shows though, that they don’t give a crap if inhabited neighborhoods are impacted. If they wanted people to leave they would buyout close neighbors, but instead the relocation funds are frozen.
    Other powers-that-be don’t want property tax reductions, and ongoing expanding residential development adds to tax coffers. Development/Rezoning notices are posted throughout Puna makai.
    Some Hawaiian nationalists insist (theorize) that there is an ongoing effort to fund the ongoing, expanding
    American ‘settler colonization’ by promoting govt assistance (EBT, SNAP, Quest medical, etc.)
    What is direct evidence to support your theory?
    The ten million plus dollars for the new park development?
    The extensive, expensive do-over at Pohoiki?
    The many millions spent to ensure vehicle access despite imminent lava threats?
    Apart from geothermal, what makes you uncomfortable?
    What benefits have you lost?

  6. Kelly
    Kelly says:

    Dear Sara – I had a conversation today with a Pahoa school educator that, if his contentions are true, would substantiate your theory, especially with regards to the treatment of students in Puna makai.
    This educator is involved with school planning and grants for next fall. He says the state told him to put on hold all fall plans for the Pahoa schools, the inference being that the Pahoa schools may be shut down. He asked state admin directly if this was the case, they equivocated, apparantly leaving the door open for the very actions for which you expressed concern. If true, it is a decision that will come from Honolulu.
    If true, it certainly adds to your position that the Puna population is considered expendable.

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