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Honolulu wants your input on how to spend $386M in federal pandemic funds

Honolulu fiscal recovery fund allocation
City and County of Honolulu

The Blangiardi Administration wants public input on how to spend $386 million in federal funds aimed at helping communities recover from the pandemic. 

Close to 900 Oʻahu residents have already responded. If you live on the island, you can take part in the online survey and rank what you think the top priorities should be.

Focus areas include providing community support and addressing economic impacts, supporting equitable economic recovery, modernizing city operations, and investing in critical island infrastructure. 

"Now is an important time to get more feedback from the public," said Amy Asselbaye, executive director of the city’s Office of Economic Revitalization. "I think the administration wanted to provide an opportunity outside of participating in a council hearing that people could go in their own time, look at some of the guidance in terms of what we can actually spend the funding on, and share what their priorities are based on what they're seeing in their community — as we are trying to recover from this pandemic."

The city has received about $193 million from the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds and will receive the next portion in May, Asselbaye told Hawaiʻi Public Radio.

To learn more, visit The online survey is set to close on Feb. 15.

This interview aired on The Conversation on Jan. 27, 2022. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.

Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at
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