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Funding Released for Park, Small Boat Harbor Projects

January 29, 2014, 5:43 PM HST
* Updated January 29, 5:46 PM
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Gov. Neil Abercrombie today released more than $20 million for improvements to small boat harbors, parks and other projects under the guidance of the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

A press release from the governor’s office said the funding includes $7.5 million for projects at state parks across Hawaii and $2.5 million for work at deteriorating Division of Forestry and Wildlife facilities.

This map shows the location of fencing proposed for ungulate control in the Manuka Natural Area Reserve in Ka`u. The red lines indicate new fencing, while blue ones show existing fencing already in place (click to enlarge). DLNR image.

The red lines indicate new fencing to be installed in the Manuka Natural Area Reserve in Ka`u (click to enlarge). DLNR image.

The governor also released $4 million for improvements at small boat harbors including Honokohau and Kawaihae on the Big Island, and the Port Allen Small Boat Harbor on Kauai. The work will include expanding parking areas and access roads as well as replacement of existing fixed concrete piers with floating aluminum docks.

Another $1 million has been allocated for dredging of silt and sand at the entrance to the Wailoa Small Boat Harbor in Hilo.

The funding included $1.5 million for installation of ungulate-proof fencing at Manuka Natural Area Reserve in Ka`u to help protect 24,000 acres of watershed and dry forest containing endangered species.

Other projects include:

  • $2 million for removal of marine debris in and along shorelines
  • $500,000 for assessment and maintenance of dams across the state
  • $500,000 for planning to update the State Water Projects Plan as required by the State Water Code

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