Hawai‘i to receive $1.9M for national parks

WASHINGTON — Hawai‘i will receive $1.9 million to improve roadways, parking lots and pedestrian walkways in National Parks on Moloka‘i, Kaua‘i and the Big Island, according to a recent news release from Sens. Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka.

The funding comes through a grant from the Federal Highway Administration and is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

“Providing safe, accessible routes in our parks and wildlife refuges truly paves the way for affordable recreational and self-enrichment activities in these national treasures located here in Hawai‘i,” said Akaka.

On Moloka‘i the money will be used to pave the entrance road to Kakahaia National Wildlife Refuge.

At the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge on Kaua‘i, various improvements will be made, including paving, drainage, and stabilizing a retaining wall.  Parking, traffic flow, and pedestrian safety measures will also be implemented at Kilauea Point.

On Maui some of the money will be used to plan and design an accessible route for tour bus passengers along Kuloa Point at Haleakala National Park.

Two miles of Mauna Loa Road will be rehabilitated and pedestrian walkways will be improved at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on Hawai‘i.

Also on Hawai‘i, funds from the grant will help refurbish the paved secondary roadway entrance to Koloko-Honokohau National Historic Park and a parking area that serves the park will have fresh gravel put down.

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