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Funding Disclosures

U.S. House Committee on Appropriations Fiscal Year 2022 Community Project Funding Requests
I am continuing my service on the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, responsible for directing over $1.4 trillion of annual federal discretionary spending throughout our country. Our Committee’s responsibilities reach all federal government efforts, including agriculture, defense, veterans, science, energy, environment, justice, homeland security, labor, health and human services, education, transportation, housing and foreign affairs.

Appropriations is currently preparing our Fiscal Year 2022 (October 1, 2021-September 30, 2022) appropriations bills. This year, we are allowing limited Community Project Funding (CPF) requests by individual Members for specific projects and purposes. This is because Members know our districts and their unique needs and priorities, and should be able to direct some federal funding to specific projects rather than leave those decisions to federal administrators without that knowledge. 

A similar procedure in prior years was known commonly as “earmarking”. Although it was mostly applied fairly and correctly (we have many examples of critical projects in Hawai’i that would not have been completed without directed funding from our Congressional delegation), it was abused and rightly suspended. 

CPF is subject to strict limitations to avoid similar abuse. CPF requests may only be directed to governments or non-profits, not for-profit businesses or individuals. They must have demonstrated community support, and are subject to audit by the independent Government Accountability Office. They are limited in number, and the total amount of all approved CFBs for all Members cannot exceed 1% of all appropriations for the year. Finally, all Members must publicly disclose their CPF requests together with required information on each request. More information on CPFs and restrictions on abuse is here.  

In preparing my own CPF requests, I consulted with Hawai’i state and county governments and non-profits, applied my own knowledge and beliefs as to district needs, considered whether a project could obtain federal funding through other means, and made some difficult decisions given my limited number of  CPF requests. There is no assurance that any or all of my CPF requests will be approved in the amounts requested or at all.
As required by our CPF rules, here are my CPF requests for FY 2022 (Note: Projects listed alphabetically by sponsoring organization):

Project Sponsor: Blood Bank of Hawai‘i
Address of Sponsor: 2043 Dillingham Boulevard Honolulu, HI 96819
Project Title:
Blood Bank Hawai‘i Headquarters
Amount Requested: $2,111,000
Subcommittee: Labor, Health and Human Services, Education
Agency: Health Resources and Services Administration

Project Description:
Blood Bank of Hawai‘i (BBH) is planning to construct a new headquarters that will be an integral part of Hawaii’s emergency preparedness plan while also accommodating technological advances, consolidating space and improving operating efficiencies. Plans call for the construction of a 19,000-square-foot, FDA Biosafe Level 2 facility with unrestricted access to collect, process, test, store and distribute blood. This facility will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In addition, features of the new facility ensure required temperature controls, reliable data connectivity, a bio-waste storage area and other technologies to ensure that BBH is able to respond to any new pandemic or emergency, in addition to securing an uninterrupted blood supply. This new facility will serve patients on every island in Hawai‘i.

Explanation of Taxpayer Value:
Hospitals require a safe and reliable supply of blood for critical patient needs including trauma treatment, neonatal/pediatric ICU services, organ transplants, heart surgeries and oncology centers, among others. Importing blood from the mainland is cost prohibitive and, as a commodity, does not provide the services and expertise for which Hawai‘i hospitals rely on BBH. BBH is the sole blood provider for all of Hawaii’s 18 hospitals and their patients’ blood needs, including those on the neighbor islands (Hawai‘i Island, Maui, Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i and Kaua‘i). BBH’s current operations include donor centers on Dillingham Boulevard in Kalihi, and Young Street in Mo‘ili‘ili, mobile operations and monthly drives on the neighbor islands. When the Young Street location was built in 2012, it was envisioned as a donation center and blood distribution hub for centrally located hospitals. Nearly 10 years later, the Young Street center has grown to be BBH’s primary collection site. However, in the event of a disaster impacting central Honolulu or Honolulu Harbor, it would be strategically advantageous to have a manufacturing plant a greater distance away from downtown Honolulu. In addition, our current facility does not allow for growth and the critical need to integrate new technologies into our operations. As a result, after a thorough assessment process, BBH recently purchased a property in the growing community of West O‘ahu as a new permanent home for its statewide headquarters, in support of its donor center in Mo‘ili‘ili, mobile operations and neighbor island drives. In looking to the future, the population growth is going to shift to West O‘ahu. Healthcare facilities have been built or expanded over the last five years to serve this growth. A blood distribution and permanent donation center in West O‘ahu would serve these facilities while expanding BBH’s donor base including those with rare blood types. This new facility will ensure that BBH can continue to be an integral partner in addressing ever-emerging health threats to our community. BBH’s program to collect COVID Convalescent Plasma (CCP), a blood product from recovered patients that can help hospitalized patients recover, demonstrated significant benefits for Hawaii’s patients and the hospitals treating them. To date, over 3,000 doses have been collected from 200 donors, 1,859 doses transfused to local patients and several hundred doses remain in inventory.

Evidence of Community Support: 
Hawai‘i Lieutenant Governor Josh Green
Kaua‘i Mayor Derek Kawakami
Maui Mayor Mike Victorino
Chamber of Commerce of Hawai‘i
Hawai‘i Pacific Health
Queen’s Medical Center

Financial Disclosure Certification: Signed letter certifying no financial interest by Congressman Ed Case or his immediate family.

Project Sponsor: City and County of Honolulu, Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency
Address of Sponsor: 650 S. King Street, Honolulu, HI 96813
Project Title: Honolulu City Tree Inventory and Management Plan
Amount Requested: $300,000
Subcommittee: Interior - Environmental Protection Agency
Agency: United States Forest Service

Project Description: These funds will allow Honolulu to develop a complete inventory of its tree assets, which is essential for determining the number of publicly owned trees, planning for new trees and tracking their maintenance needs. Analyzing a complete inventory against social vulnerability and other demographic and environmental data can identify potential disparities in city tree assets across communities and work towards equitable distribution of resources.

Explanation of Taxpayer Value: Trees are critical urban infrastructure necessary for the health of Honolulu’s urban community. Often underappreciated, these environmental workhorses provide multiple free environmental services and are essential components of both climate change adaptation and mitigation. According to the City and County of Honolulu, for each dollar spent on tree planting and care, Honolulu’s trees provide $3 in benefits. Recent assessments have determined that O‘ahu has lost nearly 5 percent of its total tree canopy over the study area in just four years. The analysis also showed that the loss is not from vast clearings, but thousands and thousands of pinprick removals across our neighborhoods. Additionally, the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation Division of Urban Forestry receives more requests from the public for removing street trees than for planting. These trends cannot continue if we are to have cool, livable, walkable communities on the Island of O‘ahu. We must invest in and provide steward for our community forests. This project also is consistent with state and local planning efforts. It directly addresses the State Forest Action Plan in the areas of Urban and Community Forestry and Urban Tree Care.

Evidence of Community Support: This project is strongly supported by the community. In 2018, the Honolulu City Council adopted Resolution 18-55 calling for an increase the city’s urban tree canopy to at least 35 percent by 2035. Additionally, community interest has grown in the past three years, with the formulation of non-profits and neighborhood-specific “tree” groups, volunteer citizen foresters helping to collect critical data and the creation of a Community Forestry Section within the city’s Division of Urban Forestry. Additionally, “Maintaining and Enhancing the Community Forestry” was identified as Action 33 of the City’s O’ahu Resilience Strategy, and inventory and asset management were further emphasized in Mayor’s Directive 20-14, City and County of Honolulu Actions to Address Increasing Temperatures and the Urban Tree Canopy.

City & County of Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi
State of Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources
Trees for Honolulu’s Future

Financial Disclosure Certification: Signed letter certifying no financial interest by Congressman Ed Case or his immediate family.

Project Sponsor: Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA)
Address of Sponsor: 3949 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI 96816-4495
Project Title: State Emergency Operations Center in Mililani Tech Park
Amount Requested: $1,000,000
Subcommittee: Homeland Security
Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency

Project Description: The Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) is proposing to construct a hardened and modernized State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) at the First Responder Tech Campus in Mililani to replace the aging Battery Birkhimer SEOC in Diamond Head Crater. This project request covers the preliminary SEOC design phase, including schematic designs and developing report requirements.

Explanation of Taxpayer Value: This project would benefit the State of Hawai‘i as a whole by enhancing HI-EMA's ability to prevent, protect, mitigate, respond to and recover from future disasters. The current Birkhimer SEOC facility, built from unreinforced concrete and not originally intended to house an SEOC, can no longer fulfill HI-EMA’s operational needs. The proposed SEOC at the First Responder Tech Campus in Mililani would allow HI-EMA to form a collaborative, coordinated, and integrated emergency management community alongside relevant federal, state, and local agencies.

Evidence of Community Support:
• Hawai‘i State Senator Clarence K. Nishihara, Chair of the Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs, and Hawai‘i State Representative Linda Ichiyama, Chair of the House Committee on Pandemic and Disaster Preparedness
• Hawai‘i Technology Development Corporation
State of Hawai‘i Mitigation Action Worksheet

Financial Disclosure Certification: Signed letter certifying no financial interest by Congressman Ed Case or his immediate family.


Project Sponsor: Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Address of Sponsor: 46-007 Lilipuna Road, Kāne‘ohe, HI 96744
Project Title: Nature-Based Coral Reef Features for Coastal Protection
Amount Requested: $200,000
Subcommittee: Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies
Agency: NOAA

Project Description: The project entails the design of a pilot investigation that examines the capacity of innovative blue-green design approaches, in the form of various mixtures, surface textures, and three-dimensional shapes of bio-enhancing materials, to enhance native coral habitat and provide protection to critical coastal infrastructure in Hawai‘i. Combining alternative seawall designs with a method for rapidly growing coral fragments, the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) at the University of Hawai‘i will explore the potential use of engineered coral reef “living shoreline” approaches for coastal protection and restoration. This project will pilot bio-enhancing concrete materials, textures and shapes (e.g. eco-concrete, composite pumice, or carbon infused concrete) on small sections of seawall at HIMB to promote habitat for native organisms including corals, other invertebrates, and fish, to achieve eco-friendly designs that simultaneously restore reef habitat and protect the shoreline.

Explanation of Taxpayer Value: This project would investigate the feasibility of an innovative solution to two major problems in Hawai‘i due to climate change and rising sea levels: coastal erosion and coral reef degradation. By identifying and testing bio-enhancing materials for use in seawalls, this project could enhance coastal resiliency while regrowing coral reef ecosystems. According to a study by the University of California at Santa Cruz, each kilometer of coral reef provides over $10 million in coastal protection each year. Furthermore, this project would be tested at the seawall protecting Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology, a world-class facility for education and research at Moku o Lo‘e (Coconut Island). Over the years, this seawall has been degraded and is in need of repair, presenting an opportunity for this project to test a new, innovative solution while protecting a valuable facility for marine science.

Evidence of Community Support: 
Hawai‘i State Representative Lisa Kitagawa
• Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Aquatic Resources
The Nature Conservancy Hawai‘i
Ko‘olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club
Pacific American Foundation
Ko‘olau Foundation

Financial Disclosure Certification: Signed letter certifying no financial interest by Congressman Ed Case or his immediate family.

Project Sponsor: The Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture (INPEACE)
Address of Sponsor: 91-1010 Shangrila Street, Suite 306, Kapolei, HI 96707
Project Title: Leeward Community Small Business Incubator
Amount Requested: $500,000
Subcommittee: Financial Services and General Government
Agency: Small Business Administration

Project Description:
Hawai‘i has one of the highest percentages of small businesses in our country. With current Small Business Administration partner resources located in central Honolulu, many entrepreneurs on the growing west side of the Island of O‘ahu lack convenient access to technical support and small business assistance resources. INPEACE’s Leeward Community Small Business Incubator Project will provide critical small business assistance to small businesses and entrepreneurs directly in their community so they do not have to transit across the island to obtain key services. With support from the Committee, INPEACE can expand its current business development program capacity, which primarily services the Native Hawaiian and veteran communities, to meet the growing needs of my Leeward community.

Explanation of Taxpayer Value: The construction of this Leeward Community Small Business Incubator Lab will bring business resources, training and assistance directly to West O‘ahu. This project will provide business owners serving O‘ahu’s underserved communities with a space and technology to take advantage of technical assistance and training opportunities. It will also allow federal, state and local experts to offer classes in West O‘ahu that will help these business owners be more competitive for grant awards and better understand the regulatory landscape. This project is a long-term investment in West O‘ahu to improve the number and quality of small businesses in O‘ahu’s fastest-growing population center. In addition to helping the local economy and job creation, it can help improve the community more broadly by creating jobs in the community, saving residents hours of commute time, which will allow them to spend more time giving back to the community.

Evidence of Community Support:
Hawai‘i SBA District Director Mark Spain
Hawai‘i SBDC Associate State Director Joseph Burns
Hawai‘i State Senator Maile S.L Shimabukuro
City and County of Honolulu Council Member Andria Tupola
The Entrepreneurs Foundation of Hawai‘i
The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement
The Hale Na‘au Pono 
The Purple Mai‘a Foundation

Financial Disclosure Certification: Signed letter certifying no financial interest by Congressman Ed Case or his immediate family.

Project Sponsor: Kōkua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Planning Services
Address of Sponsor: 2239 N. School Street, Honolulu, HI 96819
Project Title: Hale Lauele Center
Amount Requested: $1,057,963
Subcommittee: Labor, Health and Human Services, Education
Agency: Health Resources and Services Administration

Project Description:
The proposed project would provide for the construction of a new 7,500 sq. ft. facility, Hale Lauele, to support and promote land-based, indigenous-focused health and education. The Center would be located on a 10-acre nature preserve cared for by Kōkua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Planning Services (KKV), Hoʻoulu ʻAina. Hale Lauele will include curriculum and training for community health workers and clinical staff to integrate indigenous knowledge and practices (such as lā’au lapa’au, hoʻoponopono, and lomilomi) into conventional clinical programs at health centers, hospitals and other health care settings.

Explanation of Taxpayer Value: The Hale Lauele Center would be a unique structure filling a particular need for KKV and for the State of Hawaii since no other Federally-Qualified Health Center of the 1400 nationwide cares for a large nature preserve or offers comparable types of health programming. With almost fifty years' experience serving the low income Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander community of Kalihi in Honolulu, KKV takes a holistic approach to providing primary care services that supports the needs of patients who are among the most vulnerable. Our strategies at Hale Lauele would address social determinants of health and the root causes of significant health disparities which were underscored by high infection and death rates from COVID-19. Our methodology has long-term benefits that include significant reductions in emergency and urgent care services. KKV has developed an effective community health curriculum and training protocol for medical providers, community health workers, and clinical staff. Our program integrates Indigenous practices such as lāʻau lapaʻau, hoʻoponopono, and lomilomi that have proven to be meaningful and beneficial to our patients. Hale Lauele will also support a practice-based program where patients can receive healing from practitioners.

Evidence of Community Support:

Hawai‘i House Vice Speaker, Representative John M. Mizuno
Windward Community College
Papa Ola Lōkahi 
Native Hawaiian Health Consortium
Aloha Care

Financial Disclosure Certification:
Signed letter certifying no financial interest by Congressman Ed Case or his immediate family.


Proposed Sponsor: State of Hawai‘i, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Aquatic Resources
Address of Sponsor: Division of Aquatic Resources, 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 330, Honolulu, HI 96813
Project Title: Waikīkī Marine Life Conservation District Snorkeling Site Restoration
Amount Requested: $415,000
Subcommittee: Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies
Agency: NOAA

Project Description:
Utilizing the existing Hawaii Coral Restoration Nursery (HCRN) located at the State’s Ānuenue Fisheries Research Center, these fund would be used to produce large living coral modules for outplanting in a concentrated area within the Waikīkī Marine Life Conservation District (MLCD) to enhance shallow-water marine tourism use close to the tourism center of Waikīkī to provide a free, maintained, reef snorkeling experience to help relieve intense visitor pressure on the island’s natural reef habitats and to help re-start the Hawaiian tourism industry after the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Waikīkī MLCD is one of only three completely no-take marine protected areas on the island of O‘ahu. Outplanted modules will be grown at the HCRN using existing, established and proven State of Hawaii protocols and procedures. These plans entail outplanting a minimum combination equivalent to 80 assorted live coral modules (16 inches, but possibly up to 1 yard in size) after a one-year period; these outplanted corals would be maintained at the site over time to provide for an alternative to visitors using our other natural reef areas for recreation. To accomplish this, the State would expand the existing coral growout capability of the HCRN into existing buildings.

Explanation of Taxpayer Value:
The Waikīkī MLCD is one of only three completely no-take marine protected areas on the island of O‘ahu. It is a significantly degraded MPA in need of coral restoration. The HCRN has shown over the last four to five years that placing larger (i.e. 42-cm or larger), 100%-covered live coral colony modules out onto shallow reefs results in greater survival and production of ecological services and functions than smaller colonies of the same species. This approach, with greater densities of coral, could provide over time greater protection of shoreline infrastructure (the reefs protecting Waikīkī’s shoreline infrastructure have recently been valued at $154.3 million per year for this coastal protection (Honolulu Star-Advertiser; April 19, 2021) and have also been highlighted as being amongst the areas of highest vulnerability because of near-term sea level rise (Honolulu Star-Advertiser; April 5, 2021). Encouraging visitors to enjoy a snorkeling experience on maintained reefs in shallow waters directly adjacent to shore off Waikīkī has the additional benefit to lessen visitor pressure on other less-degraded natural areas around the island that are currently being overused.

Evidence of Community Support:
Hawai‘i State Senator Chris Lee
Hawai‘i State Senator Sharon Moriwaki
Hawai‘i State Representative Adrian Tam
Honolulu City Council Chair Tommy Waters
Friends of Hanauma Bay
Honolulu Star-Advertiser article on Hawaii’s million-dollar reefs (April 19, 2021)

Financial Disclosure Certification: Signed letter certifying no financial interest by Congressman Ed Case or his immediate family.

Project Sponsor: State of Hawai‘i Workforce Development Council
Address of Sponsor: 830 Punchbowl Street, Room 417, Honolulu, HI 96813
Project Title: Workforce Resilience Initiative
Amount Requested: $990,000
Subcommittee: Labor, Health and Human Services, Education
Agency: Department of Labor

Project Description: In partnership with the State Libraries and Hawai‘i Literacy, the initiative will provide digital literacy training via in-person computer classes and access to online learning resources. Participants meet for one three-hour class and learn the basic computer skills necessary to continue learning intermediate and more advanced concepts online. The goal of the program is to produce a digitally-ready statewide workforce by reaching up to 8,000 people with basic computer skills training and providing access to more advanced workforce skills through online learning resources to over 2,500 people. This will be accomplished over 12 months through upskilling and reskilling training for Hawaii’s workforce in the areas of 1) digital literacy and computer skills, and 2) collaborative problem-solving skills in a technology-rich environment. 

Explanation of Taxpayer Value:
Throughout the state, and based on the best data available, there are at least 220,000 (16%) Hawai‘i residents without the digital literacy skills to access and perform any of the basic activities available online. These activities include telehealth, banking, shopping, scheduling vaccinations, filing for unemployment, and staying in contact with family and friends. Research from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in 2016 suggests that the number of people struggling with digital skills in the United States may be as high as 65 percent of the population 16-65 years old. Hawai‘i does not currently have digital literacy data available at the state level for the general population or the workforce. However, even if only 20 percent of the workforce is at the lowest levels of digital skills that is still over 100,000 people in Hawaii’s workforce without the digital literacy necessary to be competitive in a world-wide market. 

The UK conducted an economic impact assessment in 2017 of the lack of digital literacy.  Their conclusion stated: “Digital skills are becoming increasingly essential for getting access to a range of products and services. However, there is a digital divide where up to 12.6 million of the adult UK population lack basic digital skills. An estimated 5.8 million people have never used the internet at all. This digital skills gap is costing the UK economy an estimated £63 billion a year in lost additional GDP.” A proactive, deliberate effort to provide basic digital skills is a necessity for not just the individual’s economic well-being in Hawai‘i but also for the state as a whole.

Evidence of Community Support:
Hawai‘i State Senator Glenn Wakai
State of Hawai‘i Department of Hawaiian Home Lands
State of Hawai‘i Department of Human Services Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Hawai‘i Literacy
Hawai‘i Institute for Public Affairs
International Longshore & Warehouse Union Hawaii Local 142
Democratic Party of Hawai‘i – Hawaiian Affairs Caucus

Financial Disclosure Certification: Signed letter certifying no financial interest by Congressman Ed Case or his immediate family.

Project Sponsor: University of Hawaiʻi (UH) System Office of Strategic Health Initiatives
Address of Sponsor: 2425 Campus Road, Sinclair 10, Honolulu, HI 96822
Project Title: University of Hawaiʻi Rural Health Research Center
Amount Requested: $991,605 
Subcommittee: Labor, Health and Human Services, Education
Agency: Health Resources and Services Administration

Project Description:
The University of Hawaiʻi (UH) System seeks to establish a Rural Health Research Center (RHRC) focused on rural health workforce policy and health equity in its Office of Strategic Health Initiatives to conduct high-quality and policy-relevant research and develop policy recommendations to improve rural health care in Hawaiʻi. This project is part of the existing UHealthy Hawaiʻi initiative and in partnership with key local rural health stakeholders.

Explanation of Taxpayer Value:
The need for a Rural Health Research Center at the University of Hawai‘i (UH), supported by key rural health stakeholders in Hawai‘i, has perhaps never been so acute. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hawaii’s rural areas already faced significant health provider shortages; challenges with travel to O‘ahu for specialist care; limited access to certain health services (i.e., dialysis); and significant health disparities, particularly among Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) populations. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated many of the health provider shortages in rural areas and many community, state, and federal stakeholders have expressed the need for further data and policy to improve rural health care in Hawaiʻi.  A UH Rural Health Research Center, focused on rural health workforce policy and health equity in partnership with key rural health stakeholders, would be an excellent use of taxpayer funds because it would help to drive policy recommendations to improve quality of life and health outcomes for rural residents; decrease health disparities and pursue health equity across the state of Hawai‘i; potentially decrease health care costs; and make Hawai‘i a healthier place to live, especially for the most vulnerable.

The proposed new Rural Health Research Center at UH would provide a critical new hub for advancing policy and evidence-based research related to rural health and—specifically in Hawai‘i—rural health workforce policy and health equity.  The Center is consistent with the UHealthy Hawai‘i initiative, which aims to leverage the UH System to improve health and health care in Hawai‘i and the Pacific through four primary areas of focus: ensuring a robust statewide health workforce; discovering and innovating to improve and extend lives; promoting healthier families and communities; and advancing health in all policies. UHealthy Hawai‘i has 35 community partners across the state of Hawaiʻi, including from the state government, health systems, primary care providers, insurers, health associations and advocacy groups, business community, and more.

Evidence of Community Support:
Hawai‘i State Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
Hawai‘i Rural Health Association
Hawai‘i Pacific Basin AHEC
Pacific Basin Telehealth Resource Center
Hawai'i State Legislature Actions
Selected Local Media

Financial Disclosure Certification: Signed letter certifying no financial interest by Congressman Ed Case or his immediate family.

Project Sponsor: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Address of Sponsor: Programs and Project Management Division, Building 230, Fort Shafter, HI 96858-5440
Project Title: Honolulu Harbor Modification Feasibility Study
Amount Requested: $1,500,000
Subcommittee: Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies
Agency: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Project Description:
The USACE would conduct a feasibility study to assess the current vulnerabilities of Honolulu Harbor to natural disaster, navigation mishap and sea level rise and to propose opportunities, alternatives or solutions to the vulnerabilities identified. This study will inform the potential authorization of any future USACE projects to modify the infrastructure of Honolulu Harbor. 

Explanation of Taxpayer Value: Honolulu Harbor is the hub of all maritime activities in the State of Hawai‘i. Significant improvements and modifications must be made in Honolulu Harbor to meet current and future needs, including adapting to climate change and sea level rise, diversifying the economy, responding to maritime industry growth and supporting our nation’s military in the Indo-Pacific region. Honolulu Harbor annually handles over 12 million tons of cargo, including daily essentials such as food and commercial goods that stock our store shelves, as well as less obvious necessities such as aggregate and other construction materials; jet fuel for private, commercial and military aircraft; automobiles; and equipment and machinery for local industry. Honolulu Harbor has major vulnerabilities and is a single point of failure for the logistics behind this critical cargo for Hawai‘i. All heavy shipping traffic that brings in food, supplies and other cargo comes in through a single narrow harbor entrance, where it is offloaded onto barges or trucks and moved to other parts of the state. According to the Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency, at any given point the Hawaiian Islands only have about five to seven days of food on hand. This makes the harbor entrance especially vulnerable to natural disasters or blockages cause by damaged ships, as witnessed this year in the Suez Canal. This has led all parties to agree that it is time to conduct a study to assess what modifications are necessary to address these vulnerabilities, in particular a second entry-exit channel. The Hawai‘i Department of Transportation Harbors Division has reaffirmed its ability to finance the non-federal cost share of a feasibility study of the Honolulu Harbor modification project. It has budgeted the fifty percent local sponsor share of the feasibility study costs in FYs 2021, 2022 and 2023. Additionally, the State of Hawai‘i is committed to actively participating in the execution of the feasibility study and hopes to identify a federally approved plan that can be implemented. 

Evidence of Community Support: 
Hawai‘i Department of Transportation
Hawai‘i State Senator Glenn Wakai
Hawai‘i Speaker of the House, Representative Scott Saiki
Hawai‘i Pacific University 
Hawai‘i Pilots Association 
Matson Navigation Company 
Ocean Network Express Pte Ltd 
Pasha Hawai‘i Transport Lines 
VAK Fisheries 
Young Brothers 
Harbor Users Groups, including: Aloha Marine Lines, American Marine Corp., HC&D, Hawaiian Cement, Hawaii Gas, Par Hawai‘i, Inc., Kapolei Properties, LLC., Kirby Offshore Marine, McCabe Hamilton & RennyCo., Norwegian Cruise Line, Pacific Shipyards International, P&R Water Taxi, Sause Bros. Inc., Sea Engineering, Inc., Clean Islands Council, Hawai‘i Longshore Division, ILWU Local 142. 
Financial Disclosure Certification: Signed letter certifying no financial interest by Congressman Ed Case or his immediate family.


Surface Transportation Reauthorization Member-Designated Project Requests

Our federal government contributes significant amounts to the development and maintenance of our nation’s highway, mass transit and other public transportation programs. These programs are authorized and funded by Congress through multi-year surface transportation authorization acts. The current surface transportation authorization act expires on September 30, 2021. We are now in the process of developing our next multi-year authorization act, and so this is a critical opportunity to address our Hawaii’s surface transportation needs.

In developing our proposal, Members may submit requests for Member-Designated Projects (MDP). The reasons, limitations and curbs against abuse, along with the process I went through to determine my MDP requests, are similar to Community Project Funding under our overall Appropriations process. And like CPF requests, there is no assurance that any or all of my MDP requests will be approved in the amounts requested or at all.

As required by our MDP rules, here are my MDP requests for this year’s surface transportation reauthorization measure: 

Project N
Project Sponsor  Location of the Project Requested Amount
Bus and Handi-Van Acquisition Program
(Battery Electric Buses; Electrification of RT 40)  
Honolulu Department of
Transportation Services 
City and County of Honolulu 
(Mākaha to Ala Moana)
Hawai‘i Recreational Trails Program
(Hawai‘i Integrated Trail System)
Hawai‘i Department of Land  
and Natural Resources
Statewide  $4,000,000
Interstate Route H-1 Improvements
Eastbound, Ola Lane Overpass to Vineyard Blvd
Hawai‘i Department of
Honolulu  $6,150,000
Leeward Bikeway
Philippine Sea Road to Waipahu Depot Street
Hawai‘i Department of
‘Ewa Beach to Waipahu   $6,150,000