Think About It: Fixing Things... Soon - KFVE, K5-Hawaii News Now, Local Programming

December 31, 2015

Think About It: Fixing Things... Soon

After plans were recently canceled to build a new commuter terminal and plans are also delayed for many much-needed renovations throughout the rest of Honolulu International Airport, one has to wonder if this fairly maligned, over-crowded, over-heated, always-coned and yellow-taped entity will ever provide a better service and experience for visitors and locals alike. Something between third world and world class would be a step up for a facility whose improvements have been mostly delayed since the original re-do plan was put forth in 2006.

As the first and last thing people see upon arriving and departing our fair shores, you would think there would have been a greater urgency to do some things over the years beside add a parking lot, which fills up in no time. But no, due to weak market conditions affecting bond sale plans during the market downturn and the current fear that cost projections for certain airport projects is simply too high, it looks like a slow and gradual repair is the best we can do. The project was to be done by 2017; now plans are for finalizing upgrading by 2020. Anyone wanna bet that date comes and goes without completion?

Aging structures in Hawai`i like hotels, UH and public school buildings, highways, bridges, the airports and many other vital facilities indicate that we've got lots of capital work to do in the years to come. The question is- will the stomach and the money be there to do it? Are the funds available, as waiting will surely add to the costs of these projects? 2016 seems to be the year to start with major change plans at the airport. If not now, then when? Things at HNL and elsewhere have to be fixed at some point. Think about it…

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