It’s known to anyone who drives it as Saddle Road, but Highway 200, as it is officially labeled, deserves a more distinguished name, the state Legislature decided Tuesday.
The state Senate, following the House’s lead, adopted a resolution renaming the road connecting East and West Hawaii the Daniel K. Inouye Legacy Highway after the late U.S. senator.
The project, which Inouye championed, has been funded through three phases totalling about $120 million.
The fourth phase is estimated to cost another $45 million to $50 million. No money has yet been appropriated.
Mayor Billy Kenoi, who once served as an intern for Inouye, applauded the adoption of the resolution.
“It’s entirely appropriate that this road that bridges East and West Hawaii is named in honor of a man who committed his life to serving Hawaii, bringing people together and helping Hawaii island,” he said.