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$17M to go toward Pulehunui projects

Pulehunui, a master-planned area for future state projects in Central Maui, will receive $17 million following the closure of the state legislative session last week.

State lawmakers appropriated more than $78 million to projects and initiatives that were prioritized by the Legislative Native Hawaiian Affairs Caucus, according to a news release from the Legislature on Wednesday. It’s the largest capital improvement projects appropriation in the history of the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Oahu Sen. Jarrett Keohokalole said.

Funding in the biennium budget will cover DHHL projects including:

• $50 million for the plans, design and construction for the development of infrastructure to provide new homestead leases on Hawaiian home lands statewide.

• $17 million for the plans, design, construction, land acquisition and equipment for infrastructure for Pulehunui.

• $10 million for the plans, design and construction for repair and maintenance to existing infrastructure on various Hawaiian home lands statewide.

• $1 million for plans and land acquisition on Oahu.

The budget also includes $900,000 for the removal of the Hoku Ke’a Telescope Observatory structure on Mauna Kea, one of the caucus’ top priorities.

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