Ige releases $1.5M for Puako sewer plans

Kohala State Rep. David Tarnas

Houses along Puako Beach Drive are not hooked up to the county sewer system. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

A long-anticipated project to improve water quality and protect the coral reef by replacing cesspools at Puako with a sewer system is finally moving forward with the announcement Friday that Gov. David Ige has released $1.5 million to get the design work started.