The House of Representatives adjourned their 2018 session last week and passed many important bills on affordable housing, homeless services and cesspool conversion that will directly benefit the people of Maui.
The House also passed more than $368 million in Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funding for Fiscal Year 2019 for various projects across Maui County. Capital Improvement Projects are renovations, repairs, and major maintenance to existing facilities, landscape improvements, new construction, land acquisition, and utility modifications.
Notable CIP funding highlights for Maui County include:
• $3 million for water systems in East Maui
• $1 million for permanent supportive housing for Ka Hale Ke Ola Homeless Resource Centers Inc.
• $8 million for improvements or expansion of the Music Band Room at Kalama Intermediate School
• $2.5 million for portable trailer office and classroom at Kula Elementary School
• $3.2 million to reroof buildings C and D at Baldwin High School
• $800,000 for school expansion to address the growing population at Haiku Elementary School
• $20,000 for a new flag pole at Hana High and Elementary School
• $200,000 for security cameras at Iao School
• $4.1 million for a covered play court at Kalama Intermediate School
• $40 million for the new Kihei High School
• $1.2 million to design a new library and administrative building at Lokelani Intermediate School
• $600,000 for a play court at Makawao Elementary School
• $2.8 million for weight training and wrestling facilities at Maui High School
• $12 million for a new Stem building at Maui High School
• $2 million for a new classroom building at Paia Elementary School
• $1 million for an ADA ramp and covered walkway at Pukalani Elementary School
• $4 million for development of a Moloka‘i Veterans Center
• $6 million for repairs and upgrades for Maui Health System
• $9.3 million for sand replenishment at Kā‘anapali Beach
• $14.5 million to acquire land for the Kula Forest Reserve
• $3.5 million for an upcountry Maui exploratory well
• $2.1 million for a floating pier at Lahaina Small Boat Harbor
• $1.5 million for forest restoration on Kaho‘olawe Island
• $4 million to build a sidewalk along Old Haleakalā Highway
• $3.5 million for a water pump and site improvements for the Upcountry Maui
• $24.5 million for improvements to the terminal, baggage handling system and
environmental impact statement for Kahului Airport
• $1.5 million for baseyard building renovations at Hāna Airport
• $1.5 million for a water tank and other improvements at Kapalua Airport
• $6.2 million for terminal improvements at Moloka‘i Airport
• $4.5 million for a new aircraft rescue and fire fighting garage and other improvements at
• $28.8 million for renovations and runway reconstruction at Lāna‘i Airport
• $34.6 million land acquisition and improvements at Kahului Harbor
• $9.2 million for bridge preservation, road repairs and rockfall mitigation on the Hāna
• $3.75 million for traffic improvements on the Pā‘ia Bypass Road
• $3 million for intersection improvements on Pu‘unēnē Avenue
• $7.5 million for widening and realignment of Honoapi‘ilani Highway
• $40 million to build the Lahaina Bypass Road
• $49 million to build the Pā‘ia Bypass Road
Maui lawmakers were also able to secure $160,000 in Operating Grants-In-Aid projects for
Moloka‘i nonprofit organizations. These grants are provided to local organizations serving the
public and working to improve the state of Hawai‘i.
Some of the important bills that will benefit Maui residents this session include:
SB 2293 SD2 HD3 CD1
• $250,000 to condemn lease for the Front Street Apartments.
• $30 million to expedite and complete the construction of the Leialii affordable housing
project in Lahaina by 2021.
SB2567 SD2 HD2 CD1
• Establishes a Cesspool Working Group to develop a comprehensive plan for the
conversion of all statewide cesspools by 2050.
HB2097 HD1 SD2 CD1
• Requires Attorney General to defend any civil action against the county to provide
lifeguard services at a designated state beach park.
SB 3095 SD1 HD1
• Prohibits the application of restricted use pesticides within 100 feet of a school during
• Prohibits the use of pesticides containing chlorpyrifos as an active ingredient beginning
January 1, 2019.
• Allows exemptions.
SB 2401 SD2 HD1 CD1; SB 2027 SD2 HD1 CD1
• $30 million for ‘Ohana Zones on three O‘ahu sites, and one each on Kaua‘i, Maui and
Hawai‘i Island. Public lands will be selected by the Governor for the zones.
• $1 million for an Emergency Department Assessment pilot program.
• $1 million for a Medical Respite Pilot Program.
• $800,000 for a new Family Assessment Center.
• $400,000 for two new Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) programs on Maui
and Hawai‘i Island.
• 1.5 million for a Coordinated Statewide Homeless Initiative.
Youth Suicide Prevention
HB2169 HD1 SD1 CD1
• Appropriates moneys for youth suicide early intervention, prevention, and education
initiatives in Maui County
• Appropriates funds to the Department of Land and Natural Resources to contract with the
counties for county lifeguard services at designated state beach parks under an agreement
between the State and a county.
Kaho‘olawe Reserve Commission
HB2594 HD2 SD2 CD1
• Appropriates funds for the Kaho‘olawe Reserve Commission to restore, preserve, and
determine the appropriate uses of Kaho‘olawe Island.
HB1614 HD1 SD1 CD1
• For parties filing for annulment, divorce, or separation, preserves the financial assets of
the parties and maintains the current island of residence and school of enrollment of a
minor child of the parties.
To see all bills passed this session, go to
Representative Lynn DeCoite (Ha‘ikū, Hāna, Kaupō, Kīpahulu, Nāhiku, Pā‘ia, Kaho‘olawe,
Lāna‘i, Moloka‘i, Molokini) 586-6790, [email protected]
Representative Troy N. Hashimoto (Kahakuloa, Waihe‘e, Waiehu, Pu‘uohala, Wailuku,
Waikapū) 586-9444, [email protected]
Representative Kaniela Ing (Kīhei, Wailea, Mākena) 808 586-8525, [email protected]
Representative Angus L.K. McKelvey (West Maui, Mā‘alaea, North Kīhei) 586-6160,
Representative Justin H. Woodson (Kahului, Pu‘unēnē, Old Sand Hills, Maui Lani) 808 586-
6210, [email protected]
Representative Kyle Yamashita (Spreckelsville, Pukalani, Makawao, Kula, Ulupalakua, Keokea,
Kahului) 808 586-6330, [email protected]