APEC Spurs Hawaii to Spend $137 Million in Public Improvements

Honolulu, Hawaii, August 3 (DHN) – With the APEC Leaders’ Week fast approaching in just 3 short months, Hawaii is busy preparing Honolulu and Waikiki for the world’s spotlight. With a $137 million dollar injection, the State of Hawaii, City of Honolulu and three Waikiki hotels are giving the island of Oahu some very significant improvements in tourism and transportation infrastructure.
The Hawaii State Department of Transportation is currently operating six projects worth a combined $42.79 million. The bulk of this funding is going to the Ala Moana Boulevard-Nimitz Highway project, with $34.4 million being used to improve the highway from Waikiki all the way past Ward Center. Another $7.1 million is being used to improve Honolulu Airport’s international arrivals area. The City of Honolulu currently has infrastructure projects totaling $20.5 million. Visitors to Waikiki have seen the $5.5 million improvements to the sidewalks of Kalakaua Avenue. These new sidewalk improvements will create more access for disabled people near Saratoga Road. Another $7 million is being spent to repave the roads of Waikiki, fixing all of the potholes and uneven surfaces. Additionally, sewers are being rehabilitated on Ala Moana Boulevard between Keawe Street and Ward Avenue at the price of $7.55 million. Three Waikiki hotels are spending a combined $74 million in renovation projects. The Hilton Hawaiian Village is spending $45 million to renovate the Rainbow Tower. $16 million is being spent on renovation at the Double Tree by Hilton Alana Waikiki. The Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa is undergoing a $13 million renovation/transformation.

APEC Takes over Oahu in November

The 2011 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Week is estimated to bring 20,000 attendees to Oahu and up to $120 million for Hawaii’s economy. Held in November from the 7th to the 13th, the APEC conference will bring together the 21 leaders of the APEC nations to further trade across the Pacific.

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