Funds For Hilo Medical Center Expansion Secured – Hawaii Island Lawmakers

Last month, Hawaii Island lawmakers announced a $50 million in capital improvement project funds have been appropriated in the state budget for Hilo Medical Center.

The funds will be used for the construction and equipment of the intensive care unit and the expansion of the medical-surgical unit.

Hilo Medical Center is the largest hospital on Hawaii Island and the designated Level III Trauma Center.

“This appropriation marks the culmination of several years of work to bring this effort to fruition, which began in 2020 when Hilo Medical Center first approached the Hawaii Island Delegation regarding the need to accommodate the growing demand for services from the East Hawaii Community,” said Representative Mark Nakashima.

“The funding for this expansion at Hilo Medical Center will address the issues of expanded services and increased capacity that have been a problem recognized by our Hilo Representatives,” said Representative Richard H.K. Onishi.

The State Budget Bill (HB300 HD1 SD1) that covers the Hilo Medical Center expansion is just waiting to go to Governor Josh Green’s desk for signature. For more information on the bill, visit

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