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KIEWIT PACIFIC CO.


Kiewit Pacific Co. is working on two projects
in Hawaii – the Wilson Tunnels improvement
and Keokea Development.

Earning Respect in Hawaii


Kiewit Pacific Co. works as a general contract on projects throughout the West Coast, Canada, Alaska
and Hawaii. It is completing two projects on the islands of Oahu and Maui, both in Hawaii.

By Joanna Miller. beneficiary on its waiting list an opportunity for home-

K iewit Pacific Co., part of the Northwest District of


Kiewit Corp., covers a large geographic area that
includes the U.S. West Coast, Hawaii, Alaska and
parts of Canada. In Hawaii, the company is working on sev-
eral heavy civil type infrastructure projects. Some of the
ownership or land stewardship on homestead lands. It
established three objectives to meet this goal:
■ Award various unimproved lots with undivided interest

on a pilot, case-by-case basis


■ Award undeveloped rural homestead lots

more recent jobs are the Likelike Highway Wilson Tunnel ■ Award improved vacant homestead lots to applicants

Improvements and Keokea-Waiohuli Development, Phase using current and acquired state lands
1 projects.
The Keokea project on the island of Maui, valued at Wilson Tunnels
approximately $31 million, includes infrastructure, con- The company’s improvement work on the Wilson Tunnels
struction roadways and utilities for a future 66-farm-lot on the island of Oahu is in the closeout phase, Superintend-
subdivision developed by the state of ent Chris Quitevis says. The tunnels are located on the
Kiewit Pacific Co. – Keokea
Development and Wilson Hawaii’s Department of Hawaiian Likelike Highway, which is also known as Route 63 and
Tunnels Improvement Projects Homelands. The project, which is part of passes through the Ko’olau mountain range, connecting
www.kiewit.com the department’s efforts to develop and the Windward side of the island to Honolulu.
Services: General contractor
Chris Quitevis: “Because this deliver land to native Hawaiians, is sched- The $10 million-plus project for the Hawaii Department
tunnel connected thousands of uled to be completed by summer 2008. of Transportation included new concrete pavement and
Windward commuters to In 2003, the Department of Hawaiian drainage improvements for both the inbound and out-
Honolulu, there was a strong
sense of urgency to complete [it] Homelands established a five-year goal to bound tunnels. During the 30-day closure period per tun-
... in less than 30 days.” provide every qualified native Hawaiian nel, the company was required to completely remove and

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