The next order of business was to get construction started as soon as possible. Once the budget passes, construction projects are technically out of the legislature’s hands, but Rep. Ing did not stop working.
While our previous governor did not release the funds before leaving office, Kaniela petitioned Governor Ige to release $30mil in June 2015 for phase 1. After years of advocacy, we broke ground in January 2016.
Kaniela has secured commitments from key legislators and the Governor to see the project through. In 2016, Kaniela secured another $37.5 million for phase II (classrooms, offices, and cafeteria!), marking the largest appropriation in the state in the face of Oahu opposition!