August 6, 2022, 1:08 PM HST
* Updated August 6, 8:03 AM
US Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai’i), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing, released an interactive map to help Hawai’i residents track where and how federal funding he helped secure is being spent.
Since joining the Senate, Schatz has delivered more than $16 billion in federal funding to Hawai’i, including more than $240 million in earmarks this year, placing him at number seven in bringing home the most earmark funding in the Senate according to The New York Times.
On Maui, earmarks include:
- $560,294 for Hana Highway Rockfall Mitigation from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act for rockfall mitigation on the Hāna Highway.
- $1.8 million for Haleakalā Highway Improvements from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to repair and improve the Haleakalā Highway.
- $3.3 million for Kahului Harbor from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to improve the Kahului Harbor by supporting dredging, which removes sediment and other debris from the harbor’s shipping channels, and surveying, which gathers the necessary information to keep waterways properly maintained.
- $250,000 to Maka’alae Farms to create new products and better advertise their goods
- $634,000 to the Zoological Society of San Diego to upgrade facilities at the Maui Bird Conservation Center and protect endangered Hawaiian forest birds.
- $8.8 million to the Air Force Research Lab Detachment 15 to support unfunded requirements for a new, permanent facility.
- $6.1 million to Haleakalā National Park for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
- $383,000 to the J. Walter Cameron Center to help support the nonprofit’s facility, including upgrading its air conditioning system.
- $600,000 to the Maui Office of Economic Development to build a fence around the Kula Agricultural Park to prevent damage from feral pigs and axis deer.
- $430,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui to support the organization’s wraparound afterschool programs for youth on Maui.
- $3 million to Hale Makua Health Services to support the expansion of the skilled nursing facility and help address the growing need for easily accessible health services, skilled nursing services, and short-term rehabilitation services for seniors.
- $23 million for the Honoapi’ilani Highway Realignment to realign a segment of Honoapi’ilani Highway to make it more climate resilient.
- $2 million for the East Maui Rainforest from the Forest Legacy Program which will go towards efforts to protect and preserve the East Maui Rainforest.
- $400,000 to Best Buddies International to support its Hawai’i Inclusion Project for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities which creates opportunities for greater access to community-based inclusion, subsequently providing the type of environment that will help middle and high school students with IDD develop the social and emotional skills needed for their successful transition into post-secondary education and the workforce.
- $1.5 million to the Community Clinic of Maui from the US Department of Health and Human Services to continue providing health care services to underserved communities.
- $1.2 million to Hana Health from the US Department of Health and Human Services to continue providing health care services to underserved communities.
- $3.4 million to Hui No Ke Ola Pono from the US Department of Health and Human Services to support Native Hawaiian health care services, disease prevention, and health education.
- $1.3 million for Awalau Road from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to repair Awalau Road from damages caused by last year’s mudslides.
“One of my top priorities in the Senate is bringing home federal dollars – and we’ve delivered billions,” said Senator Schatz, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “These federal funds are helping local people with health care, housing, education, child care, job training, and so much more. As we continue securing more money for Hawai’i, we’ll keep providing updated information on where and how these funds will help people across our state.”
Schatz’s interactive federal funding map can be accessed here.