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Leading in to the Future, Proud of the Past

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Donovan M. Dela Cruz, is a state senator from District 22, which encompasses Wahiawā, Whitmore Village, Mililani Mauka, Launani Valley, Waipio Acres, and Wheeler. Senator Dela Cruz is Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means and a Member on the Committee on Education. He also serves on boards or is a member of various organizations nationally and locally such as the National Council of Environmental Legislators, Leilehua Alumni and Community Association, and Leeward Community College Culinary Institute Board just to name a few. Prior to becoming senator, he also served on the Honolulu City Council for eight years, serving as its Chair for three years, being the youngest chair in the history of the Council, at age 30. Senator Dela Cruz is a graduate of Leilehua High School and the University of Oregon where he earned a BA in Journalism and Communication Studies; Masters in Organization Leadership from Argosy University; and is currently working on a Doctorate in Architecture at the University of Hawai'i-Manoa.


Committed to Growing the Economy and Creating Jobs


The State's economy needs a plan. Families and businesses continue to struggle. Businesses are still fearful to hire due to economic uncertainty. There needs to be a shift. Senator Dela Cruz maintains that the state needs to move away from the practice of government borrowing and spending its way out of problems. The State cannot keep going to the taxpayer to pay for all of these multimillions in improvements and maintenance. The debt cannot keep increasing to be passed on to future generations when the State has underutilized assets that can generate revenue.


Over the past two legislative sessions, Senator Dela Cruz worked with various agencies such as the Agribusiness Development Corporation in revitalizing the agricultural industry; the Hawai'i Housing Finance and Development Corporation to increase the inventory of affordable and workforce housing; and the Public Land Development corporation to seek and engage public-private partnerships. He also met with groups such as the Entrepreneurs Organization and Young Leaders to discuss diversifying our economy by creating the opportunities for businesses to startup or relocate here. In addition, Senator Dela Cruz continues to meet with community residents in creating a regional economic revitalization plan.


Working with his colleagues, Senator Dela Cruz introduced and supported legislation that would:


  • Spur public-private partnerships in public housing facilities;

  • Remove some of the red-tape which burdened the process and limited opportunities for economic development on the state’s underutilized assets; and

  • Increase the bond ceiling for affordable housing projects which will not only increase the inventory of housing but get Hawai'i's unemployed back to work.


Senator Dela Cruz stated that the state is in an era where concerns of the economy should be less about new development, but more about the performance, improvement, and opportunity of the existing developed environment.

Committed to Hawai'i's Environment and Local Agriculture


Senator Dela Cruz believes that the State must make a solid commitment to ensure that native forests and agricultural lands will be around for now and for generations to come. Understanding the important role that native forests play in the State’s water resources and economy, Senator made it one of his top priorities to generate and direct funding towards the preservation of these irreplaceable resources.    


As the Chair of the Senate Committee on Water, Land, & Housing, Senator Dela Cruz was instrumental in ensuring that $2.5 million for the watershed initiative was allocated, to be expended on projects that include invasive species removal, construction and ongoing maintenance of fences, control of other forest threats, and restoration.


Senator Dela Cruz introduced Senate Bill 2378, which was passed, which requires any State agencies, counties, or non-profit land conservation organizations seeking funding through the Legacy Land Conservation Fund to acquire property, to provide a conservation or agricultural easement on the property acquired.


A notable land acquisition is the purchase of 1,723 acres of the Galbraith Estate, which will be under the management of the Agribusiness Development Corporation (ADC) that plans to place local farmers on the land. Senator Dela Cruz was instrumental in having $3.6 million allocated to ADC for FY12-13 to acquire and retrofit the Dole facilities located in Whitmore Village to become a modern agriculture processing and distribution hub for the region.


Further, Senator Dela Cruz had the sum of $750,000 for the plan and design phase included in the budget to set up the necessary infrastructure for a cost efficient water delivery system utilizing Lake Wilson as the primary irrigation source for agriculture on the Galbraith land. Senator's proposed project aims to provide an additional water source to the property thus, giving farmers greater access to water thereby increasing their production, reducing the cost of water and preserving drinking water, which at times reaches critical levels due to drought conditions which prevail occasionally.

Legislative Accomplishments



Senator Dela Cruz has worked for you to secure state funding for much needed repairs, maintenance, construction, and other critical needs of our community.



  • $23 million to transition Mililani Middle to a single track calendar

  • $4.5 million for Wahiawā Storefront, Olomana, and Wai`anae High School

  • $1.8 million for renovations at the Wahiawā Public Library

  • $2.5 million to repave Makai Road as requested by Leilehua High

  • $2.5 million for improvements at Wahiawā Elementary

  • $5.3 million to renovate the Hugh Yoshida Stadium as requested by Leilehua High

  • $355,000 to the Leilehua Alumni and Community Association for computer and electronic equipment at all Leilehua Complex schools

  • $4.1 million for a multi-agency building to include a new public library, offices, and community college classrooms

  • $1,680,000 for Mililani High to make improvements to the softball field

  • $1.5 million to renovate the Intensive Learning Centers Portables as requested by Leilehua High

  • $1.5 million to design a new school library and administration building as requested by Helemano Elementary

  • Portion of $2,500,000 for a cybersecurity academy classroom at Leilehua High

  • $1,500,000 for an outdoor covered play court at ‘Iliahi Elementary

  • $4,000,000 to renovate and expand the cafeteria at Helemano Elementary

  • $650,000 was awarded to Mililani High School to design and build a girl’s athletic locker room

  • $490,000 for Mililani Middle School for sidewalk improvement projects throughout the campus

  • $355,000 to the Leilehua Alumni & Community Association for STEAM classrooms at all Leilehua Complex campuses (GIA)

  • $500,000 for an outdoor covered play court at ‘Iliahi Elementary

  • $4,000,000 to renovate and expand the cafeteria at Helemano Elementary



  • $17,000,000 to rehabilitate the Kīpapa Stream Bridge on Kamehameha Highway

  • $13,400,000 to repave Kamehameha Highway from Wahiawā to Weed Circle as requested by the community

  • $799,000 for pedestrian improvements on Whitmore Avenue as requested by the community

  • $13 million for a pedestrian bridge between Wahiawā and Whitmore as referenced in the Wahiawā Town Master Plan

  • $11,000,000 to rehabilitate Karsten Thot Bridge

  • Repavement of Whitmore Avenue as requested by the community


Wahiawā General Hospital and Wahiawā Community Health Center

  • $3,7500,000 to renovate the emergency room at Wahiawā General Hospital

  • $2,500,000 to Wahiawā General Hospital for financial assistance

  • $1,000,000 for patient care facilities and equipment as requested by Wahiawā General Hospital

  • $1,000,000 to support emergency services at Wahiawā General Hospital

  • $800,000 for repair and maintenance as requested by Wahiawā General Hospital

  • $750,000 for the family practice residency program at Wahiawā General Hospital

  • $500,000 for renovations as requested by Wahiawā Center for Community Health

  • $350,000 for renovation, bed replacements, and improvements as requested by Wahiawā General Hospital

  • $250,000 to repave the parking lot at Wahiawā General Hospital

  • $250,000 for the Wahiawā Center for Community Health

  • $180,000 for pilot telehealth projects in rural areas which includes Wahiawā



  • $98,842,000 to protect nearly 4,000 acres of land in Central O`ahu

  • $13,000,000 upgrades and improvements to the Galbraith Irrigation System as referenced in the Wahiawā Town Master Plan

  • $4.7 million to acquire agricultural lands in Central O`ahu and add water access for irrigation as referenced in the Wahiawā Town Master Plan

  • $800,000 to address invasive and hazardous plant mitigation on Galbraith Lands


Public Safety

  • $11,500,000 for the future First Responders Tech Campus

  • $7,400,000 to plan and design the First Responders Tech Campus

  • $15,225,000 to purchase Lot 17 for the First Responders Tech Campus  

  • $3,850,000 for an ambulance facility for Central O`ahu


State Parks and Recreation - Wahiawā Blue Zones

  • $1.5 million for walking paths and site improvements at the Wahiawā Freshwater Park as referenced in the Wahiawā Town Master Plan and requested by Wahiawa Blue Zones and Wahiawā CBDO

  • $250,000 for community planning at the Wahiawā Freshwater Park as referenced in the Wahiawā Town Master Plan and requested by Wahiawā Blue Zones and Wahiawā CBDO



  • $76,000,000 for the Wahiawā Civic Center Complex

  • $250,000 for planning at the Wahiawā Civic Center to include a new District Court for Wahiawā as referenced in the Wahiawā Town Master Plan

  • $150,000 for community projects in the district as requested by Wahiawā CBDO (GIA)

  • $150,000 to Surfing the Nations for the STN Community Outreach and Training Center (GIA)



  • $110,000 for a New Wahiawā Family Center to support families who are experiencing homelessness or are on the brink of homelessness in Central O`ahu and North Shore as requested by Family Promise Hawai'i (GIA)

  • $300,000 for The Wahiawā HoM Project - Permanent Supportive Housing as requested by ALEA Bridge (GIA)

  • $200,000 to conduct homeless outreach services in Central O`ahu as requested by ALEA Bridge (GIA)

  • $1,000,000 for the Wahiawā Navigation Center as requested by ALEA Bridge (GIA)


Wahiawā Reclaimed Wastewater Irrigation System

  • $3,000,000 to plan and design for a new irrigation system and remove the recycled water from Lake Wilson

  • $9,000,000 for storage tanks at the Wahiawā Wastewater Treatment Plant

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