Governor releases $27.7M for projects
HONOLULU - Several road, bridge and harbor improvement projects have been given state funding.
According to Gov. Neil Abercrombie, the selected projects should help create new jobs and stimulate the local economy.
Abercrombie announced Friday that he was releasing $27.7 million to fund capital improvement projects across the state.
The projects include work on Kaumualii Highway on Kauai, Kohala Mountain Road on Hawaii Island, Piers 34-35 of Honolulu Harbor and highway planning statewide.
The released funds also include $11 million for design and construction of projects that support the state's efforts to expand radio communication coverage in all counties.
Another $6.9 million will go toward design, construction and works of art at several Department of Health facilities.
Kapolei store will be state's 9th Walmart
KAPOLEI, Oahu - A Walmart store is set to open in the rapidly growing West Oahu community.
When the Walmart opens in Kapolei on Wednesday, it will join four others on Oahu, one on Kauai, one on Maui and two on the Big Island. There are also two Sam's Clubs on Oahu, which is part of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
The company says the 150,000-square foot Kapolei store will bring 300 new jobs with an average full-time hourly wage of about $14.56.
The store will be open 24 hours a day.
Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii President and CEO Jim Tollefson says the store brings much needed jobs during a challenging economy and has supported 200 construction jobs in the process.