Infrastructure in Hawaii

Hawaii Infrastructure Overview

While the nation’s infrastructure earned a “D+” in the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, Hawaii faces infrastructure challenges of its own. For example, driving on roads in need of repair in Hawaii costs each driver $708 per year, and 5.7% of bridges are rated structurally deficient. Drinking water needs in Hawaii are an estimated $1.05 billion, and wastewater needs total $2.16 billion. 123 dams are considered to be high-hazard potential. The state’s schools have an estimated capital expenditure gap of $88 million. This deteriorating infrastructure impedes Hawaii’s ability to compete in an increasingly global marketplace. Success in a 21st century economy requires serious, sustained leadership on infrastructure investment at all levels of government. Delaying these investments only escalates the cost and risks of an aging infrastructure system, an option that the country, Hawaii, and families can no longer afford.

Key Facts about Hawaii's Infrastructure


15 public-use airports


64 (5.70%) of the 1,132 bridges are structurally deficient

Bridge Funding

$22,517,293 spent on state bridge capital projects in 2013

Dams with EAPS

98% of the state regulated dams have an Emergency Action Plan


123 high hazard dams

Drinking Water

$1.05 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years


27.2 Trillion BTU of renewable energy every year, ranking it 46th

Hazardous Waste

3 sites on the National Priorities List


19 miles of levees


24.9 million short tons of cargo in 2012, ranking it 26th nationally

Public Parks

$2 million of unmet needs for its parks system


0 miles of freight railroads across the state, ranking 51st nationally


4,455 miles of Public Roads, with 39% in poor condition

Road Costs

$708 per motorist per year in costs from driving on roads in need of repair


$88 million gap in in estimated school capital expenditures


75,246,569 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems including bus, transit, and commuter trains


$2.16 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years

Key Solutions

Our nation’s infrastructure problems are solvable if we have leadership and commit to making good ideas a reality. Raising the grades on our infrastructure will require that we seek and adopt a wide range of solutions.

We can no longer afford to defer investment in our nation’s critical infrastructure systems.

Leadership & Planning

Smart investment will only be possible with leadership, planning, and a clear vision for our nation’s infrastructure.

Preparing for the Future

We have to utilize new approaches, materials, and technologies to ensure our infrastructure is more resilient.

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