W. Hawaii projects funded


Two West Hawaii projects are benefiting from a recent funding release.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie released $1 million for a West Hawaii parks project and $275,000 to plan a Waikoloa library as part of a $70 million statewide capital improvements projects package last week. Rep. Cindy Evans, D-North Kohala, South Kohala and North Kona, praised the governor for the funding.

“It’s essential to our health to provide public access for recreational opportunities,” Evans said in a written statement Monday. “Park infrastructure is aging and our state parks need improvement.”

A legislative aide in Evans’ office said Department of Land and Natural Resources officials have only said the funds will be used to improve park facilities.

Evans said Waikoloa residents will be asked to participate in planning the new library.