Governor Releases CIP Funding for Senate District 2

Governor David Ige has released the Capital Improvement Project funding for Senate District 2, which includes $665,000 for road widening from 2 lanes to four and improvements on Hwy 130 between Kea’au and Pahoa. $5,000 released for Phase II at Kea’au High School, a share of $47,000,000 released to the DoE for district school repairs and maintenance and $16,000,000 released to DoE for construction, repairs and maintenance of district schools.

Aloha Russell,
I am pleased to let you know that my administration has released funding for the attached Capital Improvement Projects.

Mahalo for your work on behalf of the residents of your district to secure these funds Projects such as these are critical components of the public infrastructure and contribute to building a better home for our kupuna, keiki, and all residents of Hawaii. By working collaboratively, we can climb the mountains of challenges that face Hawaii.

With warmest regards,
David Y. Ige
Governor, State of Hawaii

Senator Ruderman was very happy with the news of CIP funding being released, “I wish to thank Governor Ige for releasing these CIP funds to District 2, specifically to address and improve the critical conditions of our schools and highways, both of which are important conduits for the future of Puna. These improvements will reduce costs, improve learning conditions and curriculum in the classroom, and bring needed jobs to the area to bolster our local economy.”

“The Puna district has long loved and consistently made good use of its libraries. I am very happy and grateful to Governor Ige for releasing these funds for the Puna Regional Public Library in such a timely manner,” Senator Ruderman stated, “For rural and economically challenged areas like Puna, projects like the library are a much-needed and highly anticipated resource. We are excited to learn that the Public Library System is also considering a pair of libraries in both upper and lower Puna areas to serve our large district. I look forward to working for continued support and funding of key projects like the library, and these newly released funds will help bring our goal of a state of the art community gathering place to fruition.” Senator Russell Ruderman (Courtesy


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