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Funds Released for Pololū Trailhead Project

December 19, 2021, 8:00 AM HST
* Updated December 17, 1:06 PM
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An iconic location on the Big Island will be improved thanks to the allocation of capital improvement project funds from the state.

Gov. David Ige recently released $500,000 in CIP funds for the planning and design for parking, restroom and trailhead restoration at Pololū Trailhead in North Hawai’i.

State Sen. Lorraine R. Inouye, a Democrat who represents District 4 which encompasses Hilo, Hāmākua, Kohala, Waimea, Waikōloa and Kona, expressed her gratitude for the funding.

“I’d like to thank Gov. Ige for releasing allocated funds to finance the design and planning costs for parking, restroom and trailhead restoration at Pololū,” said Inouye. “Pololū is one of the most iconic locations on Hawaiʻi Island, including the trailhead and lookout. Creating accessible parking and restrooms at the trail is crucial to ensure that people can safely enjoy this destination.”

She also is pleased with the restoration work that will be completed at the trailhead.

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“Pololū Valley has rich cultural and historical significance while also being a visitor attraction,” Inouye said. “It is imperative that the state continues to improve and maintain places like the Pololū Trailhead as the visitor industry pivots to community-based tourism.”

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