County officials held a blessing for the Hanalei Base Yard and Garage project on Wednesday, Aug. 18.
The $4.8 million project includes improvements to the base yard’s infrastructure, office space for county departments, and garage space for equipment. Additionally, through a partnership with the Hanalei Initiative, Hanalei-to-Hā‘ena Community Association, and a community design committee, a public playground will be built next to the Hanalei Neighborhood Center.
“We want to thank the North Shore community for your input and thoughtful discussions for this project,” said Mayor Derek SK Kawakami. “This community has seen its fair share of disasters, and we wanted to have an improved space for our workers and equipment with the intent of making the community more resilient for future disasters.”
Attendees included staff from the Department of Public Works, Kaua‘i Fire Department, Ocean Safety Bureau, Kaua‘i Department of Water, and representatives from Hanalei Initiative, Hanalei Watershed Hui, and Hanalei to Hā‘ena Community Association.
Funded via Act 35, the project’s contractor is Unlimited Constriction Services, Inc., and design consultants include Marc Ventura Architect and Kodani and Associates.
Work on the project is estimated to be complete by late spring.