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New housing at jail, Lanai runway work included in state funding

More than $365 million released for projects statewide

The Maui News

More than $365 million will go toward capital improvement projects across the state, including a new medium security unit at Maui’s jail, a new classroom building at Kahului Elementary and reconstruction of a Lanai Airport runway, Gov. David Ige announced Tuesday.

The funds were released in October. Some Maui County projects and estimated completion dates include:

• $6.1 million for the new medium security housing unit at the Maui Community Correctional Center (April 2023). Total project cost is just under $13.8 million.

• $6 million for a new classroom building at Kahului Elementary (July 2024). The total project cost is $6.75 million.

• $4.9 million for the reconstruction of Runway 3-21 at Lanai Airport (December 2022). Total project cost is nearly $49.8 million.

• $2.5 million for improvements at King Kekaulike High School to comply with current ADA standards (July 2023).

• $1.8 million to improve the inbound baggage handling system at the Kahului Airport (November 2022). The total project cost is just over $15.6 million.

• $1 million for improvements at Maui High School to comply with ADA standards (July 2023).

• $880,000 to renovate the culinary arts facilities at Hana High and Elementary School (July).

• $452,423 to renovate the exterior and interior of the Maui Vector Control Facility and replace deteriorated building components that have been neglected for over 20 years (May 2023). Total project cost is just over $1 million.

• $300,000 for baseball field improvements at Molokai High School (April).

• $55,000 to install a standby generator for emergency operations during power outages at the state Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry and Wildlife baseyard on Maui (June).

• $55,000 to renovate two existing restrooms at the DOFAW baseyard (June).

“To properly support our keiki and communities, it is vital to maintain and keep building on previous efforts of advancing our state’s infrastructure,” Ige said. “Some of the funding will go toward constructing new residential lots for DHHL homestead leases, enhancing existing facilities like Wahiawa General Hospital, Nanakale Public Library and Kahului Airport, and improving public schools by building additional classrooms and sports fields statewide stretching from Waipahu High to Molokai High.”

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