Members of a House-Senate conference committee today announced that they have included $35 million in the judiciary's budget to fund construction of the West Hawaii judiciary complex. The recommended budget will be submitted to the full legislature next week.
"We appreciate the support of the conference committee for this vitally important project,” said Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald. “This courthouse will ensure that the judiciary can fulfill its mission of providing justice for the West Hawaii community in a secure and efficient venue.”
Administrative Director of the Courts Rodney Maile expressed appreciation for the strong support of Big Island legislators, as well as the leadership of Senators David Ige, Clayton Hee and Michelle Kidani and Representatives Sylvia Luke, Karl Rhoads and Kyle Yamashita.
Maile also expressed appreciation for the strong support of Mayor William Kenoi, the West Hawaii Bar Association, particularly President Robert Kim and Carol Kitaoka, as well as the Hawaii County Bar Association, the Hawaii State Bar Association, the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, Prosecuting Attorney Mitchell Roth, and Corporation Counsel Lincoln Ashida.
If the judiciary budget is approved next week, a total of $44 million will have been set aside for construction of the courthouse and for other judiciary capital improvement projects. The total expected construction cost of the Kona Judiciary Complex is $90 million. The judiciary will seek the remaining funds needed during the 2015 session of the legislature.