November 18, 2020

Hirono Announces More Than $2 Million in Federal Grants to Hawaii in National Coastal Resilience Fund Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) announced that Hawaii will receive more than $2 million in federal grant funds from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 2020 National Coastal Resilience Fund.

The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry and Wildlife received $1,861,422 to build community resiliency by restoring native ecosystems and constructing strategic firebreaks on Molokai. The University of Hawaii at Manoa received $337,037 to create a living shoreline project in American Samoa that will protect critical infrastructure, improve water quality by increasing filtration, and enhance biodiversity. Hanalei Watershed Hui received $250,000 to address flooding in Hanalei Basin and to begin designing mitigation strategies on Kauai. 

“Island communities in Hawaii and the Pacific region continue to experience more frequent and extreme weather events due to climate change. Investments in natural infrastructure are critical in helping to mitigate adverse impacts from climate change. This funding will contribute to increased resiliency across the islands by helping communities protect our eroding shorelines, conserve our coastal and marine ecosystems, mitigate wildfires, and preserve our biodiversity,” Senator Hirono said. 

Senator Hirono has consistently supported funding for the National Coastal Resilience Fund and is a longtime champion for directing federal resources to help protect Hawaii’s unique biodiversity. She has introduced a variety of bills to support biodiversity, including S. 2384, the Botanical Sciences and Native Plant Materials Research, Restoration, and Promotion Act, S. 3117, the Extinction Prevention Act, S. 2429, the Restoring Resilient Reefs Act of 2019, and S. 1922, the Coral Sustainability Through Innovation Act of 2019.