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Governor Releases Money For HWY 130 and Hilo Cargo Facility

Jul 23, 2012 No Comments ›› admin

Primary Election Countdown: 18 Days

HILO, Hawaiʻi – Gov. Neil Abercrombie has released nearly $41 million for various capital improvement projects across Hawaii Island. State legislators had already approved funding for the projects, but the governor must release the funds before work can begin.

“Our highways, airports and harbors are essential to island commerce and our way of life; everyone depends on the daily reliability and functionality of this core infrastructure,” Abercrombie said in a statement. “By investing in these needed maintenance and improvement projects now, we will create local jobs and further stimulate the economy, while ensuring the continued flow of ground, air and ship transportation to, from and throughout the state.” The $40,995,185 came as part of a $92.8 million the governor released statewide. On top of that, the Big Island projects also included $16.8 million in federal funding. Two notable projects for East Hawaiʻi included:

— The long-awaited shoulder lane conversion from Keaau Bypass Road to Highway 130’s Shower Drive intersection is getting $3.9 million in state funds and $14.6 million in federal funds. Money will be used to convert the Hilo-bound shoulder lane of the highway to a travel lane and to construct a shoulder lane for use by pedestrians and bicycles.
Some of the major Big Island projects receiving funds have been in the works for years:

— A much-needed cargo facility building at Hilo International Airport is getting $14 million for additional construction.

State Senator Gilbert Kahele worked cooperatively with the Abercrombie administration and had this to say about the release of funds:

“I am extremely pleased that Governor Abercrombie has released the funds for these critical projects in East Hawaiʻi. As I have always said, the economy is my number one priority and putting our local people back to work is at the top of my legislative agenda. The release of these funds will allow the stalled Hilo Cargo facility to resume construction and will allow much needed improvements to Highway 130 in Puna, which is the deadliest highway in the State. I look forward to continuing to work with the Abercrombie administration to bring more projects that are shovel ready to fruition as soon as possible”

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Absentee and Voting By Mail Starts This Week!

Jul 23, 2012 No Comments ›› admin

Primary Election Countdown: 19 Days

HILO BAY FRONT, Hawaiʻi – After 18 months of planning and tirelessly campaigning the voters of Hilo will start receiving their absentee ballots this week and they will make their choice for the next State Senator for Hilo. Senator Gil Kahele and his grassroots campaign team has organized and run a campaign unlike anything Hilo has ever seen for a State Senate race and this week more than 6700 voters who vote by mail will be asked the question..Who is the best candidate to lead Hilo in the State Senate? We hope they have heard his message, seen him in action, studied his legislative accomplishments and realize the love and commitment he has and the relationships he has built to deliver for Hilo. In 19 days we will find out what the voters of Hilo decide…IMUA!

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Retired Officers of the Hawaii & Honolulu County Police Depts.

Jul 22, 2012 No Comments ›› admin

We, The Retired Officers of the Hawaiʻi and Honolulu County Police Departments Endorse Gil Kahele For Senate

Primary Election Countdown: 20 Days


LILIUOKULANI PARK, Hawaiʻi – (Pictured Left To Right): David Heaukulani, Dennis Kawakami, Manny Benevides, Paul Lee, All Bee, State Senator Gil Kahele, Vic Vierra, John Veneri, William Silva, Bobby Kualii, Ochi Pacheco.

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