Molokai Projects Among $8.9M Funded Community Initiatives
Congressman Kahele News Release
U.S. Congressman Kaialiʻi Kahele announced the U.S. House of Representatives passed $8.8 million in community project funding requested through his office. These projects, which span throughout Hawaii’s second congressional district – including Maui, Oahu, Hawaii Island, Kauai and Molokai – will benefit underserved communities and provide much needed federal dollars to deserving nonprofits.
“Hawaii’s second congressional district is one of the most expansive and diverse districts in our nation. This is why it has been a priority of my staff and I to bring federal resources back home. We have been intimately involved in reviewing and promoting the projects that will make the greatest impact across our state,” said Congressman Kahele. “Championing these projects means direct support to our keiki, families and environment, and will result in the strengthening of our communities for years to come.”
Two Community Funded Projects championed by Congressman Kahele are specific to Molokai. The ‘Aina Momona Community-Led Stewardship Project on Molokai and Oahu received $1,000,000 to support community-led environmental restoration efforts on Molokai at Keawanui Fishpond, and in the Luluku area of Oahu at the Aloha ʻAina Health and Learning Center.
Another $744,135 is allocated for the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Landscape Scale Restoration Program on Molokai. This project will implement a long-term and effective strategy to manage axis deer on Molokai, which pose an urgent threat due to their destruction of native forests.
In addition to the $8.8 million in community project funding, Congressman Kahele also helped secure critical federal funding and programs which will directly benefit Hawaii’s second congressional district and communities nationwide. Funded areas include transportation, housing and urban development, agriculture and rural development, energy and water development, interior and environment, and military construction and veterans affairs.