UPDATE: Governor Releases Funding for Waimea Elementary Land Acquisition

May 23, 2019, 1:03 PM HST (Updated May 24, 2019, 11:15 AM)

UPDATE: May 24, 2019

State Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funds totaling $1.6 million were released by Gov. David Ige yesterday to finance land acquisition for a parking lot adjacent to Waimea Elementary and Middle School on Hawaiʻi Island

Rep. David A. Tarnas, who represents District 7 where the school is located, said this is an important safety measure for students and families in the area.

“Mahalo to the governor and the Legislature for providing these funds,” said Rep. Tarnas (North Kona, North Kohala, South Kohala). “Acquiring this property is a top priority for me and the Waimea Elementary and Middle School community because it will provide a safe location for families to drop off and pick up the young students—especially on the many rainy and windy days we have in Waimea.


“I look forward to working with Parker Ranch to complete this transaction,” Rep. Tarnas said. “We still need to do improvements for paving and drainage, but this is a great first step for this important project.”


Sen. Lorraine R. Inouye announced that Gov.David Ige has released the $1.6 million to finance the acquisition of land adjacent to Waimea Elementary School and Waimea Middle School on Hawai‘i Island.

“I want to thank Gov. Ige for releasing these funds and helping to ensure that Waimea Elementary can continue to thrive and serve their community,” Sen. Inouye said. “We can make no greater investment than in the education of our keiki.”

In a letter announcing the release of the funds, the governor also expressed his gratitude:

“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 kūpuna, keiki, and all the residents of Hawai‘i.”



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