The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Monday that four Hawaii airports on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island will receive money for major improvements.

These airports across the state will share $10,055,250 to purchase aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicles, reconstruct taxiways and install runway lighting.

Here’s a breakdown of the funding split:

  • Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu is receiving $870,000 to install runway lighting
  • Hilo International Airport on Hawaii Island is receiving $1,354,500 to purchase aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicles
  • Kahului Airport on Maui is receiving $3,600,000 to reconstruct its taxiway and $693,750 to purchase aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicles
  • Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole is receiving $837,000 to purchase aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicles
  • The state is receiving $2,700,000 for comprehensive planning activities

The funding is part of a larger $495 million award for U.S. airport infrastructure grants, the second allotment of a $3.18 billion allocation in Airport Improvement Program funding for airports nationwide.

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