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Weekly Briefing: County to Receive Nearly $25 Million for Poʻipū Road Safety and Mobility Project : Kauai Now : Kauai News & Information

Kiele Casillas was crowned Miss Kauaʻi Filipina on Tuesday, August 9 at the county rotunda. (Images are screenshots from the video)

The county receives federal financial assistance for a project in Poʻipū.

County Chief Executive Officer Michael Dahilig reported Thursday, Aug. 11, during the county’s weekly video briefing that Kauaʻi County had been selected to receive $24.8 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation as part of its RAISE Grant program. The money will be used to fund the Poʻipū Road Safety and Mobility Project.

Michel Dahilig

“This project will propel our efforts to achieve the goals of Kauaʻi’s Destination Management Plan by providing improved transit, walking and cycling infrastructure, while subsequently supporting our county’s sustainability efforts.” , Dahilig said in the video.

The project will also create transportation alternatives for visitors, reducing the impacts of tourism on local residents.

“The diversity of Kauaʻi people is truly reflected in this project and we look forward to seeing our shared vision come to life in the years to come,” Dahilig said.

Last week was also filled with many celebrations around the island.

Over the weekend, the University of Hawai’i men’s basketball team hosted a youth basketball clinic at Kaua’i High School in Līhu’e and Make-A-Wish Hawai’i celebrated its 40th anniversary at the Kukui Grove Center in Līhu’e.

Dahilig also extended the County’s congratulations to Miss Kauaʻi Filipina, Kiele Casillas, who was crowned on Tuesday, August 9 at the County Rotunda.

“Kiele, you exemplify the title so well, and we are so excited to see you further carrying on Filipino culture here in Kauaʻi and wherever life takes you in the years to come,” Dahilig said in the video.

In darker news, Dahilig announced another death from COVID-19 on the island. The resident was 80 years old and was hospitalized.

“Our condolences go out to his family,” he said.

COVID cases have increased slightly this week on Kauaʻi. The seven-day case average for the island is 23 cases per day compared to 21 last week.

To watch the full weekly briefing video, click here.